New Words 2012

Poetry with a Bite

Strap yourself in for readings from Kit Fryatt, Neil C. Young and Richard L. Anderson


Thursday 13 September 2012
6.30pm – 8pm


Books and Beans, Aberdeen [Map]

Admission by donation

Kit Fryatt

Kit Fryatt was born in 1978 in Tehran, and grew up in Singapore, Turkey and England. She moved to Ireland in 1999. In 2008 she set up Wurm im apfel with Dylan Harris, and from 2010 ran Wurm events solo. In 2009 she won the Stinging Fly prize for the poem Ghastlymake, which was also the first poem to win the prize in its history. She now lives in Aberdeen. Recent book publications: Rain Down Can (Shearsman, 2012); turn push | turn pull (corrupt press). Recent journal / blog publications in The Stinging Fly, Famous Reporter, The Drunken Boat, qarrtsiluni, Poethead. Recent performances: Flat Lake Festival (Co. Monaghan, June 2011), Mamuska Dublin (June 2011), Electric Picnic 2011 (Stradbally, Laois), Speakeasy (Greystones, October 2011), Hunters' Moon Festival (Carrick-on-Shannon, October 2011), Lady Windermere's Caffeinated Salon (Dublin, December 2011), Nighthawks at the Cobalt (Dublin, March 2012), Berkeley Books of Paris (February 2012), Tongue Box (Dublin, May 2012).

Neil C. Young

Neil C. Young writes poetry that — once read or heard — lingers long in the mind.

The language is musical and direct. The poems move playfully between traditional and contemporary forms, from ballad to free verse, and from the lament to the celebratory and satiric.

On the way, they call up themes that are poignantly familiar to many people — childhood, the power of memory, violent loss and the struggle for belonging.

The renowned Liverpool poet Brian Patten describes Neil as a "socialist poet par excellence" and likens his poems to the "best of folk music".

Neil's first slim volume, Lagan Voices — a journey through the politics, folklore and family histories of red-brick Belfast — was published by Scryfa in November 2011.

After much meandering and a nomadic adult life, he now lives and works in North-East Scotland where he hopes to "stick around".

Richard L. Anderson

Richard L. Anderson was born in Ayrshire and lived in several other parts of Scotland before settling in Aberdeenshire. He worked as a surveyor in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire then took early retirement to take up creative writing. He writes about what he knows — Scotland, the Scots and what it's like to be a mature baby boomer. His poetry is written in both Scots and English.

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