The Aberfeldy Festival poetry limb is back and bigger.
This year it will include poetry danders, poets and pints, poetry/film blends and the inaugural ‘Loose Tongues, Live Poetry’, where traditional page poets meet performance poets meet slam poets meet stand-up poets, and everything between and beyond, in a fast-paced and wildly varied live poetry event! Poets confirmed so far include Tim Turnbull, Ash Dickenson, Andy Jackson, Sally Evans, Kenneth Steven, Brian Johnstone, Chrys Salt and many more.
Friday 31/10 - Corbenic Poetry Path
12.30pm-2pm on The Corbenic Poetry Path.
An introduction to the poetry path with Kenneth Steven reading some of his poems that will feature on the path.
Saturday 1/11 - A Poetry Dander
A wander round some of Aberfeldy’s quiet spaces with poems along the way from Kenneth Steven
Saturday 1/11 - Guerrilla Story Telling
Claire Hewet and friends on a storytelling rampage through the town.
Various unknown times and venues!
Saturday 1/11 - Loose Tongues, Live Poetry!
12pm – 4pm in The Birks Cinema.
The fast moving and varied performance poetry event with poets doing their stuff in fifteen – thirty min time slots. Poets include Tim Turnbull, Ash Dikinson, Patricia Ace, Mary MacDougal, Sally Evans, Andy Jackson, Jon Plunkett, Bec Cameron, Hazel Buchan, Chrys Salt and more.
Ash Dickinson is a multiple slam champion, including Edinburgh, Cheltenham and BBC Radio. He has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Spain, Jordan, Germany and has headlined many shows and festivals throughout the UK. He has performed alongside many internationally-renowned poets and comedians. His debut collection, 'Slinky Espadrilles' was published by Burning Eye Books in 2012.
"Impressive wordplay" - The Times
"Clever and funny" - The Scotsman
"Brilliantly surreal invention, fabulous poems" - Edinburgh Evening News
Saturday 1/11 - ‘The Fields of War’
4pm in The Birks Cinema main auditorium.
Brian Johnstone & Chrys Salt
THE FIELDS OF WAR
Two award-winning poets combine to mark the centenary of the First World War with an event commemorating the conflicts of the past century and the human price paid. In a broad sweep of original poetry, evoking war and the losses of war, together with counterpointing prose extracts, they range across the 100 years from 1914 to the present day from The Blitz to Bosnia; from Flanders to Iraq. Click here to download an A4 PDF with more info on 'Fields of War'
‘evocative and poignantly powerful work’
Carolyn Richardson, Scottish Writers Centre
‘powerful poems covering an impressive range’ Tom Pow
‘… made fresh those expressions of pain, outrage, humanity and hope’
Marie-Therese Taylor, Edinburgh Writers Club
Saturday 1/11 - The Poets & Their Pints
A relaxed poetry in the pub session after the ‘Fields of War’ with a flow of drinks and words from poets reading to each other while locals and visitors look on bemused Andy Jackson, Tim Turnbull & others.
Sunday 2/11 - Live Poetry @ The Watemill
Readings by Sally Evans & Brian Johnstone
As part of the Aberfeldy Festival, The Watermill is pleased to host readings by Sally Evans and Brian Johnstone, Sunday 2nd November, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Entry free - no need to book, just come along. http://www.aberfeldywatermill.com
Sally Evans is a widely known poet through magazine publication, performances, and books. Poetic Adventures in Scotland, a combination of reminiscences, poetry history and Selected Poems, is published this year by Diehard. Sally is Editor of Poetry Scotland broadsheet, and Poetry Editor of the Scots Language.
Brian Johnstone reads from his most recent book Dry Stone Work (Arc, 2014) as well as a few favourites from previous publications. He has been acclaimed as ‘a skilled builder, who knows how to weight his words and fit them together with care’ (The Scotsman) with his poetry described as ‘a revelation’ (Edinburgh Review). A highly evocative reader of his work, his poems range over subjects from travels in Greece to Scottish history, from Dr Who to The Bash Street Kids, from 50s jazz to 60s pop.