A range of leading authors, singers, poets and musicians have been announced for this year’s CoastWord Festival, which will take place in the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian from 22 to 24 May.
Highlights include Lucy Ribchester, author of ‘The HourGlass Factory’ and Costa Short Story Finalist, 2015; Rachel McCrum. this year’s Writer in Residence and author of ‘The Glassblower Dances’, ‘Do Not Alight Here Again’ and half of Rally & Broad; and Lach, award winning writer/performer of song, story and poetry and star of the Lach Chronicles, BBC Radio Four.
Scottish Field wine columnist Peter Ranscombe will also be at the festival, speaking about his debut novel, Hare, which takes the story of Burke and Hare – Scotland’s most notorious murderers – and asks what happened next to Hare after Burke was hanged for their crimes.
CoastWord is a celebration of written, spoken word and song-writing to bring Dunbar, East Lothian and many visitors together in story, song and poetry. Combining grass-roots story-making with readings and workshops from established, emerging and local writers, poets, singer-songwriters, CoastWord provides a unique opportunity to celebrate stories and enhance the community and region whilst adding another platform and opportunity to the wider literary community in Scotland and beyond.
This year’s programme will feature three days of events, concerts, workshops, readings and discussions with some of Scotland’s leading lights from the worlds of poetry and prose in attendance, with a range of events planned for everyone, young and old, over the weekend.
The festival was established in 2013, expanding as CoastWord in 2014, and is a community event run by a team of local volunteers.
Creative Director and founder, Hannah Lavery, says: “We are lucky to have a very dedicated team of local volunteers and we have all been very busy putting together a really exciting programme. There is so much that goes into putting on a festival of this scale and ambition, that our to-do list is never ending. But we have a lot of fun and are all really passionate about the festival and its aims.
“I am extremely excited about this year’s event. There is so much to look forward to and I hope that there is really something for everyone in our programme. We have writing workshops, author talks and kids events. We also have an afternoon tea party with films of Dunbar from the Scottish Film Archive and evening cabaret nights which are going to be extremely special. These will showcase some fantastic talent including both local and national writers, poets, storytellers and singer songwriters including last year’s favourite Monica Queen, Sexual Objects’ Davy Henderson, the amazing acoustic duo Jellybean’s Daughter, award winning novelist Kirsty Logan and many more. We are also really excited about bringing the highly acclaimed Village Pub Theatre from Sunny Leith to Sunny Dunny!
“This year we have also got some excellent creative writing workshops among them a ‘Write a novel in 90 minutes!’ with award winning novelist, Zoe Strachan and meet the author events including one with the exciting debut novelist, Lucy Ribchester whose novel, ‘The Hourglass Factory’, has been one of the top 50 bestsellers in the UK.”
The full CoastWord programme is available at www.coastword.co.uk and tickets are also now on sale. Events will take place in Dunbar’s Dunmuir Hotel and Dunbar Library.