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Poetry Aberdeen

North East Writers

New Words 2010

Preview

Thursday 26 August 2010
7pm–9pm

NOTE VENUE
The Coffee House
1 Gaelic Lane, Aberdeen AB10 1JF

Admission by donation

Poetry Aberdeen in August previews some of the poets appearing at this year's New Words festival: Sheena Blackhall, Rapunzel Wizard, Robert Ramsay, E. E. Chandler, Knotbrook Taylor, Grant Fraser and Olivia McMahon.

The evening will include open floor spots where you can read your own poetry.

Enjoy the poetry, enjoy the coffee, enjoy the atmosphere!

Sheena Blackhall

Poet and singer Sheena Blackhall was inaugurated as Makar of the North-East of Scotland by the local writing community in 2009.

Rapunzel Wizard

Aberdeen's foremost performance poet Rapunzel Wizard will recite snippets from his fresh Demented Eloquence show, which will be part of the New Words festival in September. Come and get a taster of performance verse in what is bound to be a lively preview.

Robert Ramsay

Robert Ramsay published his first book of poetry Driving Back in 2009. He writes of the countryside, the land and sky, the light that shines on it, its flora and fauna, people, and of farming, of love, West Africa, of aging.

E. E. Chandler

E. E. Chandler is native to Aberdeen. Fairly new to the writing scene, she is working on her first collection of poems and trying out short stories. She writes to remember and reads to forget. Favourite themes include madness, unfamiliar places and failing relationships (sometimes all together).

Knotbrook Taylor

Knotbrook Taylor is hooked on lighthouses. He has been writing poetry for fifteen years, begining with performance poetry at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1993. His first published collection Beatitudes was launched in 2007 by Blue Salt Publishing. Since then collaboration with the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has seen a series of literacy sessions for school children, teaching them about poetry.

Grant Fraser

Grant Fraser lives in Aberdeen, and is a member of Spring Tides Poetry Group. His poetry, some of which has been published in the anthology Granite and Gravel (Aberdeen, 2008), has been described as "dangerous". Most recently, he has performed with the Mobile Creative Village, and for Poetry Aberdeen.

Olivia McMahon

Olivia McMahon, a founder member of Poetry Aberdeen in its first incarnation as Dead Good Poets, has published a poetry chapbook Domestic Verses (Koo Press) and two novels, Love as a Foreign Language and Rose-tinted Scissors. She is working on a Collected Poems and a third novel.

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