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!
New Words 2012 is brought to you by:
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