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New Words 2010

Animating Air

An evening of poetry, music and the interplay between, with John Mackie and friends


Friday 3 September 2010
7pm – 9.30pm

Review by
Anne Rogers

Salmon Bothy, Portsoy [Map]

Admission £5 (concessions £4)

Featuring multimedia artist, poet and songwriter John Mackie, "who performs his gorgeously hypnotic, meditative verse — at once intellectual and intimate — as Infinite Equation #2, alongside multi instrumentalist Neil Hankin", and the often wry and sideways poetry and inventive compositions for unusual instruments of Haworth Hodgkinson.

Guest musicians will pop in. Bring an instrument and play along!

John Mackie

John Mackie, poet, songwriter and multimedia artist, in a rare local appearance, performs a selection of verse drawn from over 40 years of writing, including collaborations with the National Theatre of Scotland, David Bowie, the jazz-funk legends Brian Auger and Jim Mullen and the modern music composers Cornelius Cardew, Howard Skempton and David Smith. Fresh from a summer's success with multi-media installations and readings at the Annuale and Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh, John is looking forward to presenting a new configuration of his poetry and music ensemble Infinite Equation #2 at a favourite venue.

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Neil Hankin

Neil Hankin is a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and songwriter whose current ensemble draws on American, Scottish, Irish and English folk, bluegrass and acoustic traditions. A well known figure on the music festivals circuit, Neil has played in 2010 at the Lossiemouth Folk Festival, Spey Fest and the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival as well as many other professional performances throughout the region.

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Haworth Hodgkinson

Haworth Hodgkinson is a poet and playwright, composer and improvising musician. His work often involves collaboration with other writers, musicians and dancers. He performs as poet and musician with the multimedia Blue Salt Collective, and is the founder and artistic director of North-East Scotland's New Words festival.

His poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies, and his first collection, A Weakness for Mermaids, was published in 2007 by Koo Press.

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Promoted by

Salmon Bothy

Supported by

North East Writers

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Supported by Aberdeenshire Council

Vibrant Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council

Bookfestival Scotland

Scottish Book Trust

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