The poetry limb of Aberfeldy Festival has expanded!


Begining on Saturday 31st of October and running throughout the festival 'Between a blink and a breath' will be an exhibition of painting and poetry in The Watermill Gallery. Scottish artist Lindsay Turk has been working collaboratively with her husband/poet Jon Plunkett to create a series of paintings and poems that will be displayed together to create a unique and unforgettable exhibition experience.

Date: Saturday 31st October - mid December
Times: 10am - 5pm
Venue: The Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy
Cost: FREE


The Corbenic Poetry Path is a 3km path that meanders through stunning scenery into which poetry has been carved, etched, burned and encased. This event is an opportunity to walk the path with Kenneth Steven and other poets of the path and hear them perform their work live.

Date: Friday 6th November
Times: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Corbenic Poetry Path, near Dunkeld
Cost: FREE

'LOOSE TONGUES, LIVE POETRY' 2015 is set to be an invigorating blend of the very best tongue-wagging poets from previous years combined with brilliant fresh talents from the Scottish performance poetry scene. This event is a real coming together of the most varied poetic voices showing just how diverse and exciting contemporary poetry can be.

Date: Saturday 7th November
Times: 1pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Main auditorium, The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy
Cost: FREE

Anne Connolly

John Glenday lives in the Scottish Highlands. His first collection, The Apple Ghost won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His most recent collection, Grain (Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His fourth collection, The Golden Mean, was published by Picador in September 2015.


PATRICIA ACE's first full collection, Fabulous Beast, was published by Freight Books in March 2013. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with Edinburgh artist, Lindy Furby, to produce poetry postcards as part of The Written Image project. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies ans is most recently featured in Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, edited by Colin Waters (2014), in Hallelujah For 50ft Women (ed. Raving Beauties, Bloodaxe, 2015) and in the online anthology 20 Best Scottish Poems 2013. In 2015 she was short-listed for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2015 and also commended by Greta Stoddart in the Anne Born Prize 2014, run by the Poetry Society.

Anne Connolly

Anne Connolly is an Irish poet living and working in Scotland. Her poems have been widely published in a variety of journals, magazines and on-line.

Anne was the Makar for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) 2013-2014, has taken part in several radio features and participates regularly in the Performance/Slamming scene. She kept an eye on the School of Poets at the Scottish Poetry Library for several years. Her second collection from Red Squirrel Press, A Ravel of Yarns, was launched at the Callander Poetry Weekend on 4th September 2015.

Tim Turnbull

Tim Turnbull has been performing his work on stage for over twenty years.

His poetry collections ’Stranded in Sub-Atomica’ and Caligula on Ice’ are available from Donut Press. His first collection of short stories will be available from Red Squirrel Press in the new year.

Ash Dickinson

Ash Dickinson has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and poetry presses. He has compered busy cabarets and music nights, performed at private functions and supported bands. He is heavily in demand to run poetry workshops. His media appearances include BBC Radio, The Times, The Scotsman, Metro and Sweet TV.

Ash's debut collection, "Slinky Espadrilles", was published by Burning Eye Books in May 2012.

"Impressive wordplay" - The Times

"Clever and funny" - The Scotsman

"Brilliantly surreal invention...fabulous poems" - Edinburgh Evening News

"A very cool combination of rap, rhyme, repetition and wry wit...Dickinson proves not only to be an incredibly gifted poet, but also a great comedian with a sharp eye for social commentary" - Winnipeg Free Press

"Ash Dickinson is a performance poet for the Lost Generation. If you haven't seen him, you haven't seen performance poetry" - Federation of Writers (Scotland)

"Could do for poetry what Bill Hicks did for comedy" - The Skinny


The Saturday night music event on the festival's main stage will be spiced up by the legendary Tim Turnbull, one of the very best performance poets in the UK. Tim will host this evening of the finest live music which will be interspersed with his unique poetry creating a festival event like no other.

Date: Saturday 7th November
Times: 8pm - late
Venue: Aberfeldy Town Hall, Main Stage
Cost: See music page/tickets


Lost in translation
When I said you should
grab the bull by the horns,
I thought you would understand.
I never though you would
take it literally, as though
there is no such thing
as metaphor in Brazil.
What made it worse
was that you thought I said
you should grab the bull
by the balls.

Jon Plunkett, 2012



An Excavation
The grids arranged with lines and pegs, we cut
through turf and topsoil, expose each stratum,
scratching cautiously, guided down by plumbs.
The layers are flecked with human detritus.
They offer up enigmata, half clues
to what is past, bits of leather, glass, pots,
hair and bone, wantonly discarded or lost
by the careless, or carefully laid out.

We hold the fragments to the light, inspect
them from all angles, fill out rough sketches
into portraits of long departed others.
Come night we don’t know if we recollect
or invent them; they look like us, these wretches.
Listen now, someone is digging above us.

Tim Turnbull, 2010

The Poem Goes to Prison (SPL 2010, ed. Kate Hendry)




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Please note:
Event times are TBC - all ticket holders will be notified ahead of the event with more details. This is a STRICTLY over 18's event. ID will be checked and no children admitted, with no refunds on the door. While every care is taken to ensure an accurate line up, it may be subject to change if unforeseen circumstances occur.


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