Wordfringe 2009Programme StrandsEvent Calendar




1st–31st May 2009


Makar Making
First Friday Fling with Janis MacKay
Pushing Out the Boat
Night at the Light
From Pennan to Penang
Trio Verso
Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling
Prometheus: A River Stained with Iron
Cream of Strathbogie
Expect the Best: Elspeth Murray
Speak Volumes
Coming Home
Double Launch
The Night Mare V Fear of Intimacy
In Search of Salt (Ellon)
In Search of Salt (Aberdeen)
John Hegley
Drawing out the Creativity
Fredrik Sixten: Requiem
The Word Birds
Voyager Poets
Not Drowning but Waving
Fresh Ayr
Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving
Closing Verses

Double Launch

Robert Ramsay launches his poetry collection, and Olivia McMahon reads from her new novel

Monday 11 May 2009

Cellar 35, Aberdeen [Map]

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and neatly structured event. Robert Ramsay read two contrasting selections of his well-crafted poems with great authority and apt flashes of humour. The first set of love poems was especially fine. The book itself is excellent value, containing a very generous number of poems. He is well-served by his publisher.

Olivia McMahon read some enticing extracts form her novel which sadly was not available on the night. But we heard enough to encourage us to look out for it this summer. It is delicate, humorous and with sensitively observed relationships, much drawn from Olivia's professional life as a teacher of English as a foreign language.

Music was provided by the resonant singing of Morag Skene and the singer-songwriter Tom Dailly — an engaging performer.

The ambience of Cellar 35, even without the smoke of old (thank goodness) was perfect for the darkened enthusiastic audience.

Both authors deserve good sales figures. Buy!

Gerard Rochford

Promoted by

Blue Salt Publishing

Supported by

Cellar 35


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