Festival of new writing

New Words is North-East Scotland’s innovative festival exploring the spoken and written word in performance, with events taking place in venues in towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire as well as Aberdeen.

This year’s highlights in Aberdeen include popular Norwegian crime writer Thomas Enger appearing at Aberdeen Central Library, and a series of events showcasing the best of local literary talent at Books and Beans.

A grand finale at the Lemon Tree, in which Lemon Tree Writers, Citymoves Dance Agency and friends bring together words, music and dance, brings the festival to a close.

Outside the city there’s a weekend of events presented in association with the Huntly Hairst Food and Farming Festival, a celebration in words and music of two new books from North-East poets at the Lastbus Works Canteen, and the usual Open Poetry Night at Better Read Books.

New Words 2012 is a little smaller than the festival has been in previous years. Some partner organisations have been unable to put on events this year due to funding and other constraints, but despite the difficulties a core of promoters expressed a determination to continue.

See www.newwords.co.uk for the full festival programme.