Festival of New Writing
in Aberdeen and
1st–30th September 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
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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