06 May 2009

The WORD 09 festival kicks off next week and there are a few events on the Word programme that will be of interest to SC&T folk.

Scottish writing and culture at Word 09

The Word festival programme is bursting with a mix of over 60 authors and 130 events, activities and exhibitions, and with 2009 Year of Homecoming, we’re particularly excited about the fantastic strand of events and activities highlighting Scottish writing and culture.

In the year of Homecoming 2009, we have a variety of events showcasing what Scots have brought to the world.  Events will feature poetry, songs and stories in English, Gaelic and Scots – including Doric, as well as an event to tie in with Homecoming Whisky Month in May giving you a sneak preview of Charles MacLean’s Whiskypedia.


A few highlights of the programme:


Friday 15 May

  • The Linklater Lecture: Maggie Fergusson on George Mackay Brown

  • An Claigeann aig Damien Hirst – the launch of an exciting anthology of new Gaelic writing

  • Indie Music Night at the Tunnels with Gaelic rock group Na Gathan

Saturday 16 May

  • Billy Kay talks about his global journey highlighting the contribution of Scots to the world in The Scottish World

  • SC&T @ Word: Storytelling and songs with Grace Banks and Stanley Robertson as part of our 'lunchtimes at the Lemon Tree' performances

  • David Toulmin Short Story Award Ceremony with Sheena Blackhall

  • Learn about the wonders of one of Scotland’s finest exports – whisky – with Charles MacLean

  • Word and Music – always a highlight of the Festival - with musicians John Sampson and Laura Cortese – a familiar name to SC&T, and Carol Ann Duffy – nominated for Poet Laureate, as well as Sean O’Brien and Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales

Sunday 17 May

  • The Great Book of Gaelic – the story behind the beautiful anthology, with readings by Aonghas MacNeacail and Louis de Paor

  • Meg Bateman, Margaret Bennett, and Sheena Blackhall – a fabulous performance of songs, stories and poems in Scots, Gaelic and Doric by three of Scotland’s finest.

  • John Purser & Roger B Williams combine readings of John’s poetry with performances of his own compositions in the beautiful setting of King’s College Chapel.

  • Travellers Tales with three of Scotland’s finest storytellers – Jess Smith, Sheila Stewart, and Stanley Robertson

For those with a penchant for poetry and prose, start your Saturday with a coffee in the Word Café, then take in a one-time-only performance by John Burnside, Janice Galloway, AL Kennedy and Don Paterson reading Lights off the Quay. Expand your geographical horizons and attend one of our World Voices events featuring Mimi Khalvati of Iran and Kapka Kassabova of Bulgaria. Other strands to the programme include events with a science twist, theatre, film, and crime.

These are just a few highlights of the jam-packed programme, not to mention the fantastic Marathon Oil Word Children’s Festival, and the Word Extra Events and Exhibitions.  More information about the festival programme, as well as some special promotions and offers available to Word audiences can be found on the website – www.abdn.ac.uk/word

There are just a few days to go and tickets for the Word Festival sponsored by Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, are still going fast.  Some events are completely sold out, and many more are quickly filling up.  Make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a word perfect weekend!

Tickets for the events at Word 09 can be booked online at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/word/tickets.  The majority of tickets are available through Aberdeen Box Office in person or by telephone on +44 (0)1224 641122.