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New Words 2010

Review: Animating Air

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


Friday 3 September 2010

Original listing

Salmon Bothy, Portsoy [Map]

Neil Hankin and John Mackie

Neil Hankin and John Mackie

Photo by Cal Wallace

Portsoy's Salmon Bothy was the perfect venue for an evening of poetry and music provided by John Mackie, Neil Hankin and Haworth Hodgkinson. John and Neil performed together as Infinite Equation #2, with Neil's superb banjo playing complimenting John's seductive poetry and guitar playing. A solo number by Neil to finish their first set showcased his song writing skills.

As always Haworth's poems reflected his unique take on the world. Many were humorous; others reflected a darker tone, all were thought provoking and most accompanied by Haworth on a variety of instruments.

In the second half Haworth was joined by Catriona Yule for a couple of poems, the most striking being Stone to Ice, which Catriona recited whilst Haworth played four gongs, producing an amazing sound experience!

John and Neil finished the evening with two more pieces of John's evocative poetry. After which the audience very reluctantly started to leave the Bothy! If you missed this gig I strongly recommend that you check out all three artists' websites to find out where you can catch them and obtain copies of their CDs.

Anne Rogers

Haworth Hodgkinson and Catriona Yule

Photo by Cal Wallace

Haworth Hodgkinson and Catriona Yule

Promoted by

Salmon Bothy

Supported by

North East Writers


Supported by Aberdeenshire Council

Vibrant Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council

Bookfestival Scotland

Scottish Book Trust

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