Solstice Shorts: Time and Tide

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Symposium Coffee House
21 Queen Street
Peterhead
AB42 1TN

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Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a programme of music, poetry and storytelling on the theme of 'time and tide'.

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a programme of music, poetry and storytelling on the theme of 'time and tide'.

Now in its sixth year, the Solstice Shorts festival once again marks the shortest day of the year with stories, poetry and music performed live at multiple sites.

This year our theme is Time and Tide – stories and poems of making a living on or beside the water, and making new lives over the water, immigration, emigration, diaspora….

Events are taking place in port cities and towns, either on coasts or on tidal rivers: Peterhead and Clydebank (Scotland), Holyhead (Wales), Maryport, London and Hastings (England), and Lisbon (Portugal).

Peterhead Event Programme

Poems by Simon Whitfield, Christine Ritchie, John Richardson, Mandy Macdonald, Sarah Tait, Claire Booker, Jane Aldous, Ian Macartney, Olivia Dawson, Elizabeth Parker, Joy Howard and Elinor Brooks. Stories by Paul Foy, Roppotucha Greenberg and Linda McMullen.

The poems and stories will be interspersed with intuitive music in response to the Solstice Mode from Dundee Ambient by Haworth Hodgkinson, played by the ensemble Intuitive Music Aberdeen.

Performers
Readers
Marka Rifat
Ken McRae
Musicians Haworth Hodgkinson (recorder, melodica, percussion and fixed media)
Mandy Macdonald (melodica)
Colin Edwards (bowed psaltery)

The event was instigated by Arachne Press who secured the event funding from an Arts Council England grant and through crowdfunding and they will be the publishers of the book of the poems and stories in the event in Spring 2020.

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