Bumper list of events for ‘Coast Word’

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What started as a small event for last year’s Dunbar Civic Week has grown into a hot ticket in time for this year’s festivities.

Originally called ‘The Wee Fest’, ‘Coast Word’ has a bumper programme lined up to coincide with the town’s civic week celebrations.

Over the course of two days Coast Word will serve up a mix of song, poetry and prose, kicking off with a Story Morning at Dunbar Primary School on Friday, June 20.

And while children are kept occupied by some terrific tales, their mums can get in on the act themselves by taking part in the last in the series of Writing Mums Workshops at the Bleachingfield Centre.

Other events at the centre on the opening day of Coast Word include a workshop by award winning writer and poet Dilys Rose; a teddy bear sleepover; and a film writing workshop with BAFTA nominated director Bernard MacLaverty before the day finishes with ‘Words To The Beat’ at The Rocks Hotel.

The evening will combine music, poetry and stories and feature appearances from Dilys Rose, Samuel Best, Roy Moller and Monica Queen.

Highlights on the second day of Coast Word include a Kids Take Over at the Bleachingfield with a morning full of stories, fun and games; a poetry workshop with Colin Will at Brennan Wilson Architects and a Dunbar Writers Story Walk leaving from Dunbar Station.

Bernard MacLaverty is back in the spotlight on the Saturday evening with ‘an audience with’ style show at Our Lady of the Waves Church Hall.

Saturday will draw to a close with a gig from singer/songwriter Polly Phillips at St Beys.

There’s no let up in activity on Coast Word’s final day next Sunday with ‘The Words in the Woods’ getting things going at The Gathering Place in Lochend Woods.

Music will be in the air at The Rocks Hotel from 2pm with an afternoon of Jazz and Poetry starring Colin Will, Jo Gibson, Kevin Cadwallander and Brian Johnstone.

Fresh literary talent is on the menu at the Rocks from 5-6pm with the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Showcase.

The curtain comes down on Coast Word with Poets in Conversation, once again at The Rocks.

For further information on times and tickets visit www.coastword.co.uk.