Wordfringe 2009Programme StrandsEvent Calendar




1st–31st May 2009

Week 1

Makar Making

First Friday Fling with Janis MacKay

Pushing Out the Boat

Night at the Light

From Pennan to Penang


Trio Verso

Love as a Foreign Language

Week 2

Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling

Prometheus: A River Stained with Iron

Poetry Workshop

Cream of Strathbogie

Expect the Best: Elspeth Murray

Open Poetry Night

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Night at the Light

Be inspired by the combination of traditional music and contemporary poetry surrounded by spectacular lenses


Saturday 2 May 2009
7pm – 8.30pm

Review by
Freda Hasler

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh [Map]

Admission £5 (concessions & Museum Friends £3; children £2)
No booking required

Part of the North Coast Weekend

In the stunning environment of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, we present an evening of poetry, stories and music with a maritime theme.

Our special guest is Ian Stephen, the poet and one-time coastguard from the Western Isles. He is joined by poets Knotbrook Taylor and Morna Annandale, both with Angus connections, and Martin Walsh, teller of maritime stories.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Ian Stephen (photo by Lukas Merz)

Ian Stephen was born in Stornoway and still lives there. His mother was from Lewis, his father from Fraserburgh, and he studied English, Drama and Education at Aberdeen. He worked for many years in the Coastguard service but has been publishing, exhibiting and performing his work since 1979. His new and selected poems were recently published in a parallel text edition with translations into Czech. His lyrics have also been translated into German and performed in Dusseldorf, Cologne and Bonn. He is writing a novel, funded by a major bursary from the SAC.

See www.ianstephen.co.uk for more.

Knotbrook Taylor

Based in Angus, poet and performer Knotbrook Taylor is a founder member of the Blue Salt Collective, a multimedia group of poets working with dance, image and sound. Currently trying to find meaning by juxtaposing random ideas and looking for the links — which is just the start of the Night Mare. Due to take up the post of Writer in Residence at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in May 2009. His first collection Beatitudes is available from the Scottish Poetry Pamphlet website and from his own website www.knotbrook.co.uk.

Morna Annandale

Morna Annandale lives and works in Aberdeen. She spent her childhood in Montrose and her poems are often inspired by the history and landscape of that area, in particular the village of Ferryden.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a marine biologist turned storyteller. His public performances draw on a misspent lifetime of mimicry and reinvented dialogues. A Wordfringe regular, he has also read on Radio 4.

Promoted by

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Supported by

Scottish Book Trust
Banff and Buchan Arts Forum
Aberdeenshire Council


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