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Saturday 2nd November

Loose Tongues, Live Poetry!

The line-up for the first poetry limb of The Aberfeldy Festival includes a wide range of poetry performances. Local writers groups, younger poets, Polish and Gaelic speakers, will join lyrical forces with a number of more established poets including Jon Plunkett, Kenneth Steven and Tim Turnbull to provide a range of live poetry experiences. These poetry performances will take place in the upstairs foyer of the Birks Cinema.

Saturday 2nd of November events start at 11am, and continue throughout the day.

Saturday 2nd of November poetry events are free.

Loose Tongues, Live Poetry!

Tim Turnbull – Poetry and Performance
Since 1994, Yorkshire born poet has been performing, declaiming and reciting his poetry in theatres, clubs, pubs, and at literary and music festivals. He was a member of UK slam teams touring the United States in 1996 and 1998. As well as producing shows incorporating music, visuals and some rudimentary tap dancing, he has published two acclaimed collections of poetry and a number of pamphlets with Donut Press. His work has been translated into German and Catalan. In another life he played in punk bands.

'Turnbull is eminently accessible. He does bold rhymes, caustic commentary and mucky jokes, all in an affable deadpan. Comparisons to Tony Harrison are understandable but specifically, this is Harrison translating Martial, seamlessly transposed to Daily Mail Britain.' Jon Stone, drfulminare.com

"Darkly seductive, Turnbull pulls the audience into a world where everything is slightly askew." ***** Fest Magazine

"A wonderful showman" **** Broadway Baby


Kenneth Steven
First and foremost Kenneth is a poet, though he’s also very much a writer of fiction too for adults and children alike, and a translator. 10 of his collections have appeared to date; a new volume entitled ‘Coracle’ will appear in the spring of 2014. He has written and presented many poetry-related programmes for BBC Radio; his feature on St Kilda won a Sony back in 2006.


Jon Plunkett
Northern Irish born Jon Plunkett now lives and writes in Scotland. His work has appeared in many poetry journals and literary magazines in the UK, Ireland and America, including ‘Poetry Scotland’, ‘Gutter Magazine’, ‘The Canons Mouth’ and ‘Turbulence’. Jon was featured poet in ‘Poetry Kit’s Caught in the Net’ series earlier this year. He is also working with some of the best stone-carvers in Scotland to create a poetry path through some of Scotland’s wild land. For more see www.jonplunkettpoetry.weebly.com



Saturday 2nd November

Kenneth Steven Book Reading and Signing

Time: 11am

Venue: The Watermill Bookshop, Mill Street

Admission: free



Sunday 3rd November


1pm until 4pm

We are proud to present Scotland's premiere troupe of avant-garde noisemakers! Offering a delicious feast of spoken word, animation and music fusions, Neu! Reekie! command gaping grins and raised eyebrows in equal measure.

Tickets for Neu! Reekie! are FREE, but strictly limited, so book now via Brown Paper Ticket to avoid disappointment.



Visitors will be able to listen to talks and poetry by Scottish writers.. here's a wee taster!


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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