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

In Search of Salt

This event celebrates the new Koo Press chapbook by Paulina Vanderbilt

Thursday 21 May 2009

Books and Beans, Aberdeen [Map]

If 2009 was the year of Homecoming, then Wordfringe delivered a triumphal one with the return of Paulina Vanderbilt to the North-East.

Paulina was back for the Aberdeen launch of her new Koo Press chapbook In Search of Salt. Her search took us to varied places of love, lust, and tears both happy and sad. And it was the many aspects of love that she focused on through her two sets of well delivered emotive verse. Gentler poems about love of family provided a contrast to those about the more compulsive side of love.

The two support readers were both regulars at Dead Good Poets' open mic. Tonight they had a chance to read a longer set of poems, and didn't disappoint.

Doirena Culloty's style was direct, and her observations were filled with a mix of seriousness and charm.

E. E. Chandler performed insightful poems themed around aspects of family relationships.

And as normal with a Dead Good Poets event there was an open mic that provided a completely varied but always interesting range of work.

But the star of the show was Paulina. She returned with a second set of verse that finished with a poem urging us to hold on to the moment, which seemed a very apt way to conclude this entertaining event.

A well rounded evening and judging by the number of books sold it seemed that the rest of the audience enjoyed the night as much as this reviewer.

Rapunzel Wizard

Promoted by

Dead Good Poets
Koo Press

Supported by

Books and Beans


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