Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Fiddles, folklore and food

On Friday 15 May, 7–9pm, the John Gray Centre in Haddington will host the adults-only event Fiddles, Folklore and Food, featuring organic food from The Howff and beer-tasting with Growler Beers UK. Visitors will enjoy traditional musical performances by local folk band Curmudgeon and Mod-winning Gaelic singer Renate Gertz. They will also meet some jaunty fishwives (DragonFlower re-enactors) to learn about the county’s coastal history and attend a folklore-themed mini-mask or puppet-making workshop. Entry cost is £5 per person, food and drink not included.

Write On Festival

Tyne and Esk Writers, in partnership with the John Gray Centre and East Lothian library service present the Write On Festival, 1st, 5th and 6th June in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington, as part of the Haddington Festival.
The events this year aim to highlight, encourage and give voice to the writing talent in Haddington and across East Lothian, as well as building links with the wider writing community. The festival welcomes all writers, from beginners to the more experienced, and all readers and lovers of stories. There's something for all ages, with events aimed at 8 to 80 year olds. So give it a go! Come along to one of our workshops even if you've never written before - and if that's not for you we also have local writers and brilliant guest speakers reading from their work.
Programmes available from the John Gray Centre

Reader in Residence Books in to East Lothian Libraries


Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce that Hannah Lavery, Creative Director of CoastWord, Dunbar’s Festival of Words, has been appointed as a Reader in Residence to work alongside East Lothian library staff for nine months, charged with the task of delivering exciting, fresh projects around reading.


The Readers in Residence programme, funded by Creative Scotland and managed by Scottish Book Trust, will take place in four library authorities across Scotland from May 2015 to April 2016 to help build reading communities.  Each Reader will work alongside their host library, delivering innovative projects to generate a buzz around libraries and books within the local community.

Hannah lives in Dunbar with her husband and their three children. A former Secondary English Teacher, she has been a freelance writer since 2013 with residences at The Whole Works in Edinburgh and Bleachingfield Centre in Dunbar. She has had recent commissions from Edinburgh University and Greater Glasgow NHS and is currently working on a new play and her second collection of short stories.  She is Creative Director of CoastWord festival and founding member of Appletree Writers.


Speaking about her appointment, Hannah said:

“After developing the CoastWord festival in Dunbar with the support of Dunbar Library, I wanted to use the opportunities offered by the residency to continue and expand our work together. We see this residency in part supporting but also helping to establish CoastWord in Dunbar and throughout the County. In developing a strong programme of events that will offer adults and children many opportunities to engage with the Library and the Festival we hope to create a strong, positive legacy for Dunbar Library and the wider service. I will also be visiting and doing events and workshops in other Libraries throughout the County with the idea of taking CoastWord on Tour at the end of the year and hopefully, starting another two or three Writing Mums Groups in East Lothian, culminating in a gathering of groups in a special celebration and conference in Dunbar in the Autumn.”

Councillor Tim Day, Cabinet member for Community Wellbeing:

East Lothian library service is delighted to have been successful in their bid to host a Reader in Residence. The purpose of our residency will be to organise an exciting series of events and initiatives to bring new as well as established adult, child and family audiences to Dunbar library and other libraries and venues, and to establish a legacy and framework for future engagement in and around reading. Our brand new Resident, Hannah Lavery, is Creative Director of CoastWord, Dunbar’s Festival of Words, a festival with strong community engagement. As well as working with various community groups, being awarded this residency will enable Hannah to develop the CoastWord festival and allow her to introduce outreach events throughout the county. She will also be instrumental in organising events for this year’s Book Week Scotland, a nationwide celebration of books and reading, which takes place at the end of November.”


Philippa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“We are really pleased that Hannah has accepted the position of Reader in Residence in East Lothian. The residency will be shaped by her interests and skills and also by the needs of the East Lothian community, and I look forward to seeing the results of this fantastic collaboration.”