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Sunday 8 March 2009
Migvie Church, Tarland

Poetry with Sheena Blackhall and Gerard Rochford

Sunday 8 March 2009
Left Bank, Tarland

Poetry with Kenneth Steven and Douglas W. Gray

Monday 23 March 2009
Station Hotel, Stonehaven

Writing Workshop with Magi Gibson

Friday 27 March 2009
Salmon Bothy, Portsoy

Viking Poetry: Ian Crockatt's Skald

Sunday 29 March 2009
Brander Library, Huntly

Renga Workshop with Colin Will

Wordfringe Spring Events
March 2009

Scottish Book Trust

Wordfringe presents a series of literary events across Aberdeenshire with the support of the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature scheme


Viking Poetry: Ian Crockatt's ‘Skald’

Friday 27 March 2009
Salmon Bothy, Portsoy (map)

Admission £4
to include refreshments and nibbles

Gamrie-based poet Ian Crockatt's latest book Skald, published by Koo Press, has been described as "stunning", and the use of language as "riveting". Skald is a feisty series of 30 poems written in a form developed by Viking court poets. Come and hear it for yourself at the Salmon Bothy.

It has already been stated that Ian Crockatt should be merited a gold star for his use of language. And few who read this stunning work will think otherwise. The Skalds were professional poets employed by the kings of the Viking courts between the 9th and 13th centuries, in essence recording glorious victories and fallen heroes that would in turn become legends. However, from such a ragged existence uniformity is the name of the game here, and in these octets with their six syllable lines, the lively narrative, be it brutal or tender, lifts these words from the page. Disturbing. Vivid. Tender. For the full impact of these poems, though, pick up this book, pace the floor and read it out aloud!

Douglas W. Gray


Ian Crockatt

Ian Crockatt has published 5 collections of poetry to date, the last two being Blizzards of the Inner Eye (Peterloo Poets, 2003) and The Lyrical Beast (CD, Salix Publications, 2004). He was assisted in work on the latter, and production of the CD, by a Scottish Arts Council bursary and a Banff and Buchan Arts Forum grant. Original Myths, (Cruachan Publications, 2001), with etchings by Paul Fleming, was short-listed for the Saltire Society's Scottish Book of the Year Award. He is currently working on a selection of translations of Rilke's poetry with a view to publication by ARC Publications, and with the support of a second Scottish Arts Council bursary. He lives on a croft in North Aberdeenshire with his wife Wenna, who is a ceramic artist and Adult Learning Co-ordinator.

Wordfringe acknowledges the support of the following in making these events possible:

Philip Astor for making Migvie Church available.
Sera Irvine of Left Bank, Tarland.
Station Hotel, Stonehaven.
Huntly Writers and the Brander Library, Huntly.
Roger Goodyear and Anne McArthur of the Salmon Bothy, Portsoy.
Lisa Fraser, Gráinne Smith, Phyllis Goodall and Linda Smith for essential work behind the scenes.
Scottish Book Trust for funding the series.
Saskia Gibbon, Sheila Waterhouse and Marie Shaw of Aberdeenshire Council for continued support.

... and of course the writers:

Sheena Blackhall, Gerard Rochford, Kenneth Steven, Douglas W. Gray, Magi Gibson, Ian Crockatt and Colin Will.


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