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, the Play. 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.
Radio 4 have commissioned a 30 min reading/performance of FAS for their poetry slot, to go out Spring '14. More details in time. Directed by Marilyn Imrie.
BIGGAR LITTLE FESTIVAL (best festival name!) Tues 22nd Oct, Corn Exchnge, Biggar. I'll be reading from and talking about the new 'Fair Helen' novel, with Rachel Newton adding songs and music.
DUNDEE FESTIVAL Sun 27th Oct. Expect to reprise the NLS show with Jim Hutcheson: 20-25 mins of Mountain Poems and song/music with banjo & guitar, the rest 'Found At Sea' where Jim sings a couple of beauties, incl the wonderful Cyril Tawney song 'Grey Funnel Line', and plays in behind some of the poetry. It worked really well at the NLS, and we hope it will again.
Taking part in 'A Random History of Scottish Poetry and Song' at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh 21st Nov. Curated by Alexander Hutchinson, a truly fine and original poet, it promises to be different, strange, lively, revealing. One for the banjo, I think.
Tues 19th Nov, Blackwells Edinburgh - reading/performing/discussing 'Fair Helen', with Rachel Newton singing the source ballad 'Fair Helen of Kirkconnel', 'The Unquiet Grave' plus other music in with the readings. Very atmospheric, hearing a song sung across 500 years, and then starting to read my Harry Langton's narration of what really happened that winter of 1587/8 in his corner of Annandale.
Wed 27th NOV - Ceilidh Place Bookshop, Ullapool. I will be reading from and talking about the new novel 'Fair Helen', with Rachel Newton singing the source Border Ballad, plus 'The Unquiet Grave', and playing fiddle and clarsach in behind some exerpts. It worked well on the 'Today' programme and the EdFest book launch, and in Biggar Little festival, and we look forward to doing it here. Ullapool and the CP always a real pleasure.
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. For further info, booking etc, see:http://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/an-evening-with-andrew-greig-and-the-fiona-hunter-band-2014
Sat 26th April '14 - reading/ performing at the Colonsay Festival. '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.