FOUND AT SEA - visuals below by Mike McDonnell! I love these, and some of the 20+ he has done will be used on the cover and inside the book. (Published by Polygon/Birlinn, Feb 2013)
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FOUND AT SEA: On 17th Jan, we recorded a 30 min version of FOUND AT SEA for Radio 4. Tam Dean Burn as 'Crew', Lewis Howden as 'Skip', Rachel Newton the musician, myself as authorial voice. It was great to meet up again, bring the piece to a new life as a piece of pure radio, that most intimate medium. Directed by Marilyn Imrie, who will be editing and assembling it over the next weeks. I will put up broadcast date and details once it is decided.
The Play of FAS, directed by David Greig (pal, celebrated playwright, no relation) a theatrical version with additional storytelling elements what I wrote, and some fine music and singing by Rachel Newton, ran at the Traverse, Edinburgh, 19th _ 23rd Feb 2013. It's about a sail from Stromness to overnight on Cava (among other things!). It was sold out throughout, and I had the pleasure of seeing Mike Heron's face when Rachel started singing 'When I was born I had no head...' and 'Breathing, all creatures are'. A big thrill. At times people (including me, forgot to breath. They also found jokes in it! David and I are planning to re-boot the FAS Play to tour Scottish coastal venues, then run at the Tron and the Traverse in Edinburgh. This will likely be autumn 2014. Sailing has given me a fresh, vivid series of experiences, with a vocabulary all of its own, and which offers a whole new bunch of ways of putting the familiar existential stuff. It happened with Climbing, the Golf, then Fishing.
Paperback of 'Fair Helen' published 1st May.
MARCH 28th - Queens Hall, Edinburgh. In the first half of this gig I will be reading from 'Fair Helen' plus some assorted largely 'spoken word' poems (ie, done without the book!) with and to music and song from the Fiona Hunter Band + Mike Vass. Scary and exciting for me to be on that rather large stage, where I have sat in the audience often enough. I am so enjoying increasingly doing readings/ spoken word with a variety of musics and musicians - the gigs with Mike Heron were a lift and a reminder of how it can work. It seems the right thing to be doing, esp. with poetry, and the 'Fair Helen' novel seems to call out for the source ballad being sung, along with others from that time and tradition. We have started rehearsing pieces together, and it is proving very enjoyable and absorbing. We hope to do more similar gigs together. For further info, booking etc, see:http://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/an-evening-with-andrew-greig-and-the-fiona-hunter-band-2014
Aye Write Festival, Glasgow, Thurs 10th April, reading with Rachel Newton as musician.
Sat 26th April '14 - reading/ performing at the Colonsay Festival, along with my wife Lesley Glaister who will be reading from and talking about her new novel 'Little Egypt'. 'A gentleman is someone who can play the banjo...but doesn't' Mark Twain remarked. I am no gentleman, and the banjo will be played and sung to.