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Wordfringe 2008
Pushing Out the Boat
Everything but the Truth
Shetland Night
All Said and Dunne
Poetic Off Licence
Exploring Narrative Voices
New York Dialogues and Island Blethers
Four Paris Poets
Open Poetry Night
Building a Character through Dialogue
How to move your work forward
Ron Butlin with Aberdeen Writers' Circle
Poetry Scotland on the Road
Writing and Performing in Practice
Spirit of the Deveron
Poems of Quality
AB24: Poems from a Postcode
Poetry and Music of All the Faiths
Hooked by Emerald Froth
Demented Eloquence & Wordcraft Slam
Banchory Young Poets
Family Snaps
A Celebration of Childhood

Poetry and Music of All the Faiths

A meditation upon belief, doubt and disbelief

Friday 23 May 2008

Midmar Church, Midmar [Venue 17]

For this first Wordfringe event at Midmar Church, Gerard Rochford devised a carefully structured sequence of words and music. The poets, Ian Crockatt, Maureen Ross and Gerard Rochford himself read from their varied meditations on the human aspects of biblical stories, with all three giving their take on the relationship between Joseph and Mary. Gerard Rochford read from his sequence on the Holy Family, whilst Maureen Ross gave us the thoughts of Gabriel the messenger, and Ian Crockatt took us to a Bethlehem infiltrated by the press and a modern-day commercialism.

To contrast with these, Gerard Rochford read poems about the stone circle at Midmar Church and a nearby standing stone. Ian Crockatt explored the faith of those who buried the Terracotta Army, set against the cold enquiry of archaeologists who dig them up again. Maureen Ross lightened the proceedings with a poem about washing line superstition.

Interleaved with the poetry, singer Morag Skene gave us a Christian lament, a Hebrew hymn, a children’s song about Ramadan and a Tibetan mantra, and the programme was further punctuated by movements from a Bach Suite in E minor played with great intensity by guitarist Ian Watt.

The audience, one of the largest at Wordfringe this year, listened in rapt attention and many were keen to stay on afterwards to speak with the performers and buy their books.

Haworth Hodgkinson

Promoted by

Dead Good Poets

Supported by

Midmar Church, Midmar
Gordon Forum for the Arts
Aberdeenshire Council
Scottish Book Trust
Awards for All


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