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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

Hooked by Emerald Froth

An evening of poetry, images, music and dance from the Blue Salt Collective

Saturday 24 May 2008

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh [Venue 18]

Blue Salt Collective

L to R: Mhairi Allan, Haworth Hodgkinson, Catriona Yule, Knotbrook Taylor

Photo by David Liddell

As a venue, the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh has an air of cool confidence within its stout walls and soaring roof, whilst the room itself with its huge vertical surfaces and excellent acoustics, proved to be an imposing stage for the Blue Salt Collective to perform upon. Supported by a canvas of projected images, the members of the group each used their diverse talents and styles to paint a richly layered piece of poetic theatre with a strong natural presence. Whilst in some respects the lighting could have better served the performers, its subdued level and the shadows produced by Mhairi Allan the dancer, in particular, enhanced the mood created by the poets.

Haworth Hodgkinson's A Dozen Words for Fog and Stone to Ice were supported by impressive use of his unusual and hypnotic music, whilst Damages came to life when performed using the voices of all three poets.

Knotbrook Taylor's entertaining poems of naked swimmers, genetically confused dugongs and lighthouses were neatly intertwined with the menacing Bar Shark and the stormy White Horses in my Washing Machine; all delivered with an easy charm and pin point clarity.

Catriona Yule's gentle personality and soulful voice fitted perfectly and amongst other highlights, captivated us with the very moving Void; an image of Ground Zero, the haunting Ivory and Baghdad Blog.

An engaging and memorable evening of poetry; performed by all three poets with passion, humour and warmth.

Bernard Briggs

Promoted by

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh
Blue Salt Collective

Supported by

Banff & Buchan Arts Forum
Aberdeenshire Council
Citymoves Dance Space


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