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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Trio Verso

Brian Johnstone, Richard Ingham and Louise Major


Sunday 3 May 2009
5pm – 6pm

Review by
Cal Wallace

Pennan Village Hall [Map]

Admission £5 (concessions £3)
or £10 (concessions £6) for a ticket covering all three Pennan events
No booking required

Part of the North Coast Weekend
Part of New Words / New Sounds

Brian Johnstone (reader)
Richard Ingham (saxophone, bass clarinet)
Louise Major (double bass)

Trio Verso places the poems of Brian Johnstone in a musical context, providing improvised musical accompaniment to the poetry. Brian Johnstone writes: ‘Although I have worked with musicians in the past, this is a completely new direction for me — and a really exciting one. It allows me to interact with the improvised music in a way that brings new meaning and different expression to my poems, and to respond to the musicians in a way I have never been able to do with any of the more formal approaches to poetry and music I have participated in previously.’

Brian Johnstone

Brian Johnstone has published two pamphlets and a full collection, including The Lizard Silence (1996) and Homing (2004); his second full collection The Book of Belongings will be published by Arc Publications in 2009. His work has appeared throughout the UK, in America and in various European countries. His poems ‘evoke a sense of spiritual immanence in their slow still spaces’ (Scottish Literary Journal); several have been translated into Catalan, Swedish, Polish, Slovakian and Lithuanian and published in these countries. In 2003 he won Edinburgh's Poetry at the Fringe award, and in 2000 was a prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition. He is Director of StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival. He lives on the edge of the East Neuk of Fife.

Richard Ingham

Richard Ingham is a saxophone soloist and has given recitals recently in Spain, Poland, Canada, Ireland, USA, India, Slovenia, Latvia and China. He has performed by invitation at every World Saxophone Congress since 1985. and has released several albums. He is Visiting Professor of Music at the University of St Andrews, Principal Guest Conductor of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, and Principal Conductor of the newly formed Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra. He has recently been giving many jazz classes in schools in Aberdeenshire, under the auspices of the Youth Music Initiative scheme, funded by the Scottish Arts Council. His many compositions are frequently performed.

Louise Major

Louise Major studied music and biochemistry in her native New Zealand. She now works for the University of St Andrews as a Structural Biology Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, and as a double bass tutor for the Music Centre and at St Leonard's School. Her first degree was in double bass and composition before changing focus and studying science. Musical highlights include: jazz on Thursday nights at the Byre Theatre; having an orchestral composition workshopped by Dunedin Sinfonia in New Zealand; playing bespoke bass parts composed by Richard Ingham (Drift o' Rain on Moorland Stane), Gillian Whitehead (Outrageous Fortune) and Anthony Ritchie (The Trapeze Artist).

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Supported by

Scottish Book Trust
Pennan Village Hall



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