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New Words 2010

New Words 2010
Festival of New Writing in Aberdeen and North-East Scotland

Previously known as Wordfringe, the North-East's most varied literary festival moves to the month of September this year.

New Words 2010 presents poets, fiction writers, dramatists, storytellers, actors, comedians, philosophers, interpreters, translators, musicians, composers, sound artists, choreographers, dancers, visual artists and light artists, from North-East Scotland and beyond, in the innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance. Events take place in venues in Aberdeen and many towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire.

This year's festival highlights include theatre shows from Alan Bissett and Henry Adam, two of Scotland's finest playwrights, both well-known to the North-East literary community. There's the usual rich variety of poetry events, fiction is represented by the launch of the first collection of short stories from North-East author Cal Wallace, and Gadiefest is a storytelling extravaganza brought to us by Grampian Association of Storytellers.

More unusual events include Knotbrook Taylor's Dumb Show and Sue Hawksley's InTensions and Bodytext, exploring relationships between text, sound, light and movement, the latter two presented in collaboration with October's Dance Live festival. In Still Voices, sound artist Pete Stollery and poet Elspeth Murray contemplate whisky in the distillery that provided some of their source material.

We have a cluster of workshop events in the middle of the month, which aspiring and professional writers alike will find invaluable in developing their writing and performing skills.

There are also events featuring local writers' groups, and an intimate open poetry evening where anyone can read, contributing to one of the most varied, entertaining, challenging and stimulating ways of spending a month that you could imagine.

Most events are modestly priced — some are free — and we avoid clashing events so you can come to as many as you choose. Browse the Event Calendar, be adventurous, visit venues you have never been to before, and find out why those who have discovered the festival keep coming back for more!

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Supported by Aberdeenshire Council

Vibrant Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council

Bookfestival Scotland

Scottish Book Trust

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