New Words 2012

New Words 2012
Festival of New Writing in Aberdeen and North-East Scotland

New Words is North-East Scotland's innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance, with events taking place in venues in Aberdeen and towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire.

This year's highlights in Aberdeen include popular Norwegian crime writer Thomas Enger appearing at Aberdeen Central Library, and a series of events showcasing the best of local literary talent at Books and Beans. A grand finale at the Lemon Tree, in which Lemon Tree Writers, Citymoves Dance Agency and friends bring together words, music and dance, should bring the festival to a memorable close.

Outside the city there's a weekend of events presented in association with the Huntly Hairst Food and Farming Festival, a celebration in words and music of two new books from North-East poets at the incredible Lastbus Works Canteen, and our usual Open Poetry Night at Better Read Books.

New Words 2012 is a little smaller than the festival has been in previous years. Some of our partner organisations have been unable to put on events this year due to funding and other constraints, but despite the difficulties a core of promoters expressed a determination to continue, and they have assembled a festival programme to be proud of. While the number of events may be reduced, we are sure the quality will be as high as ever. Prepare to be entertained, challenged and stimulated!

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!

Thomas Enger

Sheena Blackhall

Maggie Craig

John Mackie

Paul Kieniewicz

Haseley Hinton

Anne L. Forbes

Catriona Yule

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