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New Words 2010

Scottish Lighthouse Poetry

A reading and book signing launching the world's only dedicated collection of Scottish lighthouse poetry


Saturday 4 September 2010
3pm – 4.30pm

Review by
E. E. Chandler

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh [Map]

Admission free

Poet Knotbrook Taylor has always been interested in lighthouses. In 2008 he met Virginia Mayes-Wright, the Director of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and became the Lighthouse's Writer in Residence. Two years later, and a second residency have produced a stunning volume of Scottish lighthouse poetry evoking the powerful beauty of lighthouses, the ingenuity of their builders and the sturdy resiliance of the keepers who manned them. Lighthouses have always evoked strong emotions in people. This volume will chime with everyone's imagined lighthouse.

Special guest on the day will be one of Scotland's leading poets, John Glenday, who has said about Knotbrook's new work: This astonishing collection of poems, found poems and fragments does what all good poetry should do: it engages, enlightens and entertains us. But its true significance comes from the wonderful insight it grants us into a profession that has virtually ceased to exist. In this respect it is welcome both as a literary achievement and a historical account. Taylor's skill lies in how deftly and lyrically he combines the two for the benefit of both.

Refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes are provided.

Knotbrook Taylor

Knotbrook Taylor is ‘hooked on lighthouses’. He has been writing poetry for fifteen years, beginning with performance poetry at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1993. Thirsting for more seriousness he began writing. Knotbrook won the Ottakars and Faber Fifth Annual Poetry Prize for Aberdeen in 2001. His first published collection of poetry, Beatitudes, was launched in 2007 by Blue Salt Publishing. Since then collaboration with the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has seen a series of literacy sessions for school children, teaching them about poetry. Knotbrook also takes part in multi-media performance including dance, music and images with the Blue Salt Collective.

John Glenday

John Glenday is the author of three collections: The Apple Ghost (Peterloo 1989) was a Scottish Arts Council Book Award winner; Undark (Peterloo 1995) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Grain (Picador 2009) was also a PBS recommendation, and shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. He has previously been Scottish/Canadian Exchange Fellow at the University of Alberta, and his work has been widely anthologised.

Promoted by

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Supported by

Scottish Book Trust
Aberdeenshire Council
South Ayrshire Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Blue Salt Publishing
Arbroath Signal Tower Museum
David Taylor
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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