New Words 2012

Review: Weaving Words

Original stories and poems spliced with traditional songs and music


Wednesday 19 September 2012

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Tin Hut, Huntly [Map]

Susan Cunningham

An overture on djembe calls our attention, and another highly polished performance from Huntly Writers begins.

Pathos is provided by Ruth Bean's poetic response to a loved one's illness, and by Anne Rogers' Poverty Knock poem based on a Yorkshire folk song, which Simon McPhun sang to his guitar accompaniment between stanzas.

Word-play from Fiona Wilson's highly alliterative Tessellate ("...words moulded in quality..."), and the ready confusion between "Suffolks" and "suffix" in the Doric playlet by Susan Cunningham.

Maureen Ross

History in the form of Anne Forbes' recently published account of the Gordon clan, a work of great credit to the author, easily digested. Family history too; Simon's self-penned song Gaels about his west-coast origins (maybe it's spelt "Gales"?) and Maureen Ross' Carried in a Creel concerning her family's story of a bairn in a basket and a long walk after the Clearances. This last piece, performed in English, then Doric and finally Gaelic with bass recorder interludes, ends the first half.

Fraser Wilson

Humour dominates the rest of the evening. Fraser Wilson's Bureaucracy Blues (from which there's no escape) with guitar, Anne Rogers' A Move too Far short story of a Pilates exercise gone wrong, Lucy Aykroyd's Scots Quine account of the birth of her twins. Humour yes, but every other possible emotion too, as befits the subject. Did I mention Phyllis Goodall's The Auld Hoose? Doric humour at its best.

Atmosphere in the sound portrait by Haworth Hodgkinson Sketches from Cullykhan, in which a small frame drum becomes a didgeridoo-like ocean swell to accompany the reading. Wonderful.

Annie Lamb

Short stories from Annie Lamb (think Bigfoot and The Hunter Hunted), and Haseley Hinton's prologue from her fantasy novel Shadow of the Seacrow provide some meat, while Carol Ann's Marion Dufresne is something lighter. All three beautifully crafted, but all much longer than Janice Keir's flash fiction A Degree of Freedom concerning marital disharmony, quite hilarious.

Of course there was more, but you should look out for a Huntly Writers event near you and experience the whole thing for yourself; you won't be disappointed.

Review by Alan Rogers

Photos by Bill Smith

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