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New Words 2010

Review: Diverse Voices

Featuring poets John Glenday, Paulina Vanderbilt and E. E. Chandler with musical accompaniment from Colin Edwards


Tuesday 28 September 2010

Original listing

Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen [Map]

Diverse Voices

L to R: E. E. Chandler, John Glenday, Paulina Vanderbilt, Colin Edwards

Photo by Knotbrook Taylor

The event was certainly well named; not only were the voices of the four participants very different but those background noises and interruptions from outside the room were quite diverse as well.

Colin Edwards opened the first half with a couple of folk songs, his mellow voice and assured delivery accompanied by his acoustic guitar. He closed the second half with a moving instrumental of his own composition.

E. E. Chandler came on second with some strong, precise, spare but sharp poems juxtaposing powerful emotions with descriptive settings; sensual verse read with clarity.

Paulina Vanderbilt completed the first half with 14 narrative poems describing a pilgrimage that she had undertaken to Santiago de Compostela. These were very confidently presented with an impressive PowerPoint backdrop which illuminated the poems well.

The second half was opened by Paulina with a few of her other rich, lyrical poems and then handed over to John Glenday, who should perhaps have had the half to himself.

He, of course, is well established as one of Scotland's major poets and the audience was enthralled by his gentle and deceptively subtle poetry as he described the process he goes through to construct his work. This was a rare treat.

It was a shame that barely 20 people came to the event.

Robert Ramsay

L to R: Colin Edwards, E. E. Chandler

Photos by Knotbrook Taylor

Colin Edwards E. E. Chandler

L to R: Paulina Vanderbilt, John Glenday

Photos by Knotbrook Taylor

Paulina Vanderbilt John Glenday

Promoted by

Spring Tides Poetry Group

Supported by

Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen Arts Centre
Scottish Book Trust
North East Writers


Supported by Aberdeenshire Council

Vibrant Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council

Bookfestival Scotland

Scottish Book Trust

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