Performers

Forge of the Wordsmiths – Glasgow

Sunday 29 August, 6pm – 12, The Flying Duck

Performers

Kirsty Neary and Beaches of the Proud

On 29th August writer Kirsty Neary will be performing in collaboration with Beaches of the Proud.

Kirsty Neary is a twenty-three-year old novelist from Hamilton, near Glasgow. Whilst pursuing her studies of English Literature and Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, Kirsty is also a writer, artist, film-maker, photographer and spoken-word performer. Her first novel, The Stately Pantheon, was published in August 2009 by Wild Wolf Publishing. Since then, she has been a frequent stage presence at such Glasgow-based events as Initial Itch, DiSCoMBoBuLaTe and Monosyllabic, where she performs her works of prose, drama and film. Kirsty enjoys reading, talking, smoking and procrastinating, often with the aid of her pet cat. She has fetishes for both stationery items and leopard print, not necessarily at the same time.  She also enjoys the odd a glass of wine, not necessarily fine, and afterward can often be found loosely interpreting the verb ‘dance’ in dark corners of crowded rooms. She posts short fiction, paintings and photographs on her site at MySpace or on Facebook. More information on her novel can be found on her publisher’s website, at Wild Wolf Publishing, and it can also be purchased online via Waterstones and Amazon.

Beaches of the Proud is David Ross Webster, musician, writer, performer and producer. Originally from Dundee, David has been writing electronic music since he was 16 and cites Boards of Canada, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, PIVOT, 65 Days of Static, Battles, Tool and Orbital as influences on the Beaches of the Proud sound.

Music

Emelle

Emelle come from Edinburgh, originally Aberdeen. They are three brothers and a fiddle player and their music is an eclectic mix of the folk, gypsy, punk and rock genres – Raggle Taggle, if you will. They have journied as far north as Skye with their music and as far south as London and hope to continue doing this even further afield for as long as possible.

ShellSuit Massacre

ShellSuit Massacre is a a ‘poetry band’ that puts found poetry social commentary to guitar techno, featuring Nicky Melville and Rodney Relax. They do multimedia performances with props, costumes and visuals.

3 Minute Heroes

Stephen Brackenridge

Stephen Brackenridge studied for a BA (Hons) in Digital Art at the University of the West of Scotland but also writes songs and poetry, some of which he will be performing.   Stephen is also a Socialist and anti-fascist, which he writes about among other things, such as hangovers, street furniture and other seemingly random things.  Having written poems and short stories since primary school, Stephen hasn’t performed or read much of his poetry in public before, although he has performed as Bugs Bunny, Hawkeye the One Eyed Monster and the star sign “Virgo” in pantomimes and plays, which he hopes is some kind of preparation.   He also plays bass for soul/jazz/punk band High Heel and the Soles.

Sara Thomas

Sara Thomas isn’t used to writing biog blurb but will have a go regardless.  Likes cider and is very happy that a companion novel to Day of the Triffids has been discovered.  Moved to Glasgow in 1997 to go to Uni and found it difficult to tear herself away from the city – or the University, for that matter.  Rediscovered writing creatively when she finished her PhD thesis and needed to remember that words are for things other thesispeak.  Works for a charity and very much enjoys making money for people who deserve it.  Has also started writing a blog at http://stronginwill.wordpress.com to rant about (allegedly) being a grown up.

Ross McGregor

Ross McGregor lives and works in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. In 2008 he won the Scottish Book Trust New Writers’  Award and went on to write his first novel, The Fair Fortnight. This is currently sitting on the desks of some agents. In the meantime Ross has been busy writing his second novel and poetry. He recently had his poem ‘Cup Final Day, 1997’ published in New Writing Scotland 28.

Ross’s writing (poetry and prose) deals with the landscape of the urban / rural hinterlands that cover large and small bits of our country: islands of countryside in the shadow of retail parks; roads that lead from the last street of a housing estate; under-used playing fields that bleed into grazing pasture … And of course the people who find themselves in these places.

Alan Montgomery

Alan Montgomery has wanted to be a writer since realising that he can’t count. So he quit his job as a stocktaker, borrowed a pencil and began writing feverishly, finally mastering joined up last week. Just as well, as he is notorious for mixing up numbers to embarrassing effect. He is 11 years old and weighs 30 stone. He wants to go far with his writing, ultimately becoming the first comic prose scribe in space.

Lauren McKay

Lauren McKay lives in Glasgow, but wishes she lived in Berlin.  She studied Scottish Literature, and is about to begin an MLitt in Creative Writing.  She likes books and writing, quite obviously.  Mainly writes short stories, and would like to write more/better poetry.  Apart from books and writing, she likes music (but can’t play any instruments), comedy (but can’t tell jokes herself) and cake (yet can’t bake) and doesn’t like to write biographies about herself.

Iain Matheson

Iain Matheson is that all-given absence, the ego of language. His mind belongs to anyone stopped on the threshold of idiom/s.–_Iain Matheson_, on the other hand, is simple through and through; plenal: packed with itself like turducken.* One of them has worked as film-maker, independent scholar, journalist, proofer, researcher, staff writer/editor and teacher. The other lies on a notional couch eating notional soup.

Barbara Melville

During the day, Barbara is a genetics columnist and non-fiction freelancer. After dark, she turns to speculative fiction and comedy. Somewhere in the middle, she is studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. But after months of trying to tolerate the ideal writing routine, she has decided to embrace bad habits. She scribbles at stupid times, and eats an entire packet of biscuits every time she manages a hundred words. Her novel is expanding, and so is she.

Margherita Still

Scottish Italian from a west coast scheme, likes cooking, baking and writing. Works with teenagers. Enjoys a little red wine and making short films, the two can be mixed with care. Favourite pass time is story in all it forms followed closely by escaping the house and kids on a bike. Won the list metro Ecosse 3 Minute Wonder Short Film comp in 2008 and an Orange Labyrinth comp a while ago. Had a few other hints at success, nothing to give up the day job for, but just keep on writing because it’s great. Started a blog on word press in response to moaning folk, try to find something to smile at every day, www.sonia4smile.wordpress.com

Juliet Tyson

She is half Malawian, half English. She has hopped between the two nations all her life and decided to settle in Scotland for a while till her nomad toes start to twitch again. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from The University of Manchester and is working in a restaurant whilst she figures out what to do with her life. From a young age she has been writing poetry and listening to her Mum’s stories of convoluted family trees and is inspired by the oral story telling tradition she was raised in.

Forge of the Wordsmiths Garden Party

Saturday 24 July, 5pm-10pm, Sandeman House (Scottish Book Trust HQ)

Performers

Kirsty Neary

Kirsty Neary is a twenty-three-year old novelist from Hamilton, near Glasgow. Whilst pursuing her studies of English Literature and Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, Kirsty is also a writer, artist, film-maker, photographer and spoken-word performer. Her first novel, The Stately Pantheon, was published in August 2009 by Wild Wolf Publishing. Since then, she has been a frequent stage presence at such Glasgow-based events as Initial Itch, DiSCoMBoBuLaTe and Monosyllabic, where she performs her works of prose, drama and film. Kirsty enjoys reading, talking, smoking and procrastinating, often with the aid of her pet cat. She has fetishes for both stationery items and leopard print, not necessarily at the same time.  She also enjoys the odd a glass of wine, not necessarily fine, and afterward can often be found loosely interpreting the verb ‘dance’ in dark corners of crowded rooms. She posts short fiction, paintings and photographs on her site at MySpace or on Facebook. More information on her novel can be found on her publisher’s website, at Wild Wolf Publishing, and it can also be purchased online via Waterstones and Amazon.

Music

Emelle

Emelle come from Edinburgh, originally Aberdeen. They are three brothers and a fiddle player and their music is an eclectic mix of the folk, gypsy, punk and rock genres – Raggle Taggle, if you will. They have journied as far north as Skye with their music and as far south as London and hope to continue doing this even further afield for as long as possible.

ShellSuit Massacre

ShellSuit Massacre is a a ‘poetry band’ that puts found poetry social commentary to guitar techno, featuring Nicky Melville and Rodney Relax. They do multimedia performances with props, costumes and visuals.

Simon Carmichael

Over the years Simon has been into many different types of music from classical to rock, however, as he get older his passion lies with the acoustic guitar. Having been absorbed in music from a young age, he got listening to many styles from the likes of Paco de Lucia through to Torben Floor. Over the last few years he came across a guitarist from Australia, Tommy Emmanuel. Just when he thought he was getting good at guitar he sees this guy and thinks to himself “Do I throw my guitar out or practise harder?” Thankfully he chose the latter.
He has a lot of experience playing in bands in his more ‘rock n roll’ days, so to speak; however, the Forge of the Wordsmiths Launch was the first time he ventured out on the acoustic. Over the last year he has been practising new ideas based on the styles of everything from Tommy, Andy McKee, Kaki King,and Preston Reed, to name a few, and he hopes his own style comes through in his music.

Visuals

Ryan Clee

Ryan Clee is a 25-year-old Scottish artist, who recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University where he studied for a BA in fine art -sculpture. His chief concern is a rather reductive approach to sculpture and installation, which attempts to address as much about the space inhabited by the work, as the inter-relationships conjured between objects and their viewer. Ryan Clee will be creating visuals to accompany the poetry of Michael Pederson.

Alison Summers

Alison has been writing women’s fiction and teaching creative writing to adults for seven years. She is half way through the new Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. In September she is going to Newcastle to do a practice based PhD in Creative Writing. She is working on a story about a treasure hunt in the Scottish Borders which includes a billionaire despot’s attempt to take over Scotland and a teenager’s efforts to prevent her. When Alison is not writing she enjoys Argentine Tango, Ceroc and Italian opera.

Michael Pedersen

Michael Pedersen is a 25 year old poet/spoken worder of Scottish stock. His inaugural chapbook ‘Part-Truths’ was launched during the Edinburgh Word Festival 2009 (Koo Press). The book is listed by the Poetry Book Society and the National Libraries of Scotland and is a Callum McDonald Memorial Award finalist. He is widely published in journals, magazines, ezines and anthologies.

Forge of the Wordsmiths Launch

The Forge of the Wordsmiths Launch on Sunday 20th June is showcasing a diverse array of writers and performers.

Kevin Williamson

Poet, Author, Publisher, Activist and Cosmologist.  Founder and Editor of the legendary Rebel Inc Magazine.  Was editor of Rebel Inc imprint of Canongate Books.  First collection of poetry – In A Room Darkened – was published in 2007.  Winner of 2005 Robert Louis Stevenson Award.  Currently working on first novel WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA.  (Other subversive activities are listed on Wikipedia!).

As part of his set Kevin will be performing a piece called IN A ROOM DARKENED, a short abstract poetry-music-film collaboration with Edinburgh film-maker Sacha Kahir and Edinburgh musician Graeme McInnes.

Kevin is collaborating with Mediaheroic across artforms for his performance at the Forge of the Wordsmiths launch party.

Music

David Hughes

Formerly of the Ill Technique collective, Scratch DJ and producer extraordinaire will be spinning a set of black soul power 70’s spoken word and typically funky rare groove.

Dr Snook

Began DJing and promoting in Tokyo’s emerging Minimal House and Techno scene in the late 90’s into early 00’s.
Styles include House, Minimal, Breaks and most kinds of Acid. Since moving back to Glasgow has been playing mostly outdoor parties with his own P.A. and the soundsytem formally known as Drumclinic (now Maiko). Recently has begun making the switch to digital and will be using Midi Controllers and Laptop for the first time out. He has
been practising though and he’s assures us the difference, if noticable, will be for the good.

Steev Errors

Steev Livingstone is part of Glasgow’s own post-electro heroes Errors who are signed to Mogwai’s label Rock Action Records. Errors recently released a new 7″ Single – A Rumour In Africa. He will be playing choice and juicy tunes for your dancing feet.

Visuals

Mediaheroic

Mediaheroic is a mysterious super-villian armed only with a MacBook. Ciaran McAllister, working under the pseudonym Mediaheroic, is a self taught visual artist/designer, living and working in Glasgow with a background in street art. He has exhibited work in Glasgow and Toronto and is currently working on live visual projects.

3 Minute Heroes

Michael Pedersen

Michael Pedersen is a 25 year old poet/spoken worder of Scottish stock. His inaugural chapbook ‘Part-Truths’ was launched during the Edinburgh Word Festival 2009 (Koo Press). The book is listed by the Poetry Book Society and the National Libraries of Scotland and is a Callum McDonald Memorial Award finalist. He is widely published in journals, magazines, ezines and anthologies.

Tracey S. Rosenberg

Tracey is currently Booksales Officer at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and has poems published or forthcoming in Chapman, The Interpreter’s House, and New Writing Scotland. She was recently awarded a Bright Ideas fellowship at the ESRC Genomics Forum, which she’ll take up later this year, working on projects connecting narrative, genetics, poetry and identity.

Alison Summers

Alison has been writing women’s fiction and teaching creative writing to adults for seven years. She is half way through the new Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. In September she is going to Newcastle to do a practice based PhD in Creative Writing. She is working on a story about a treasure hunt in the Scottish Borders which includes a billionaire despot’s attempt to take over Scotland and a teenager’s efforts to prevent her. When Alison is not writing she enjoys Argentine Tango, Ceroc and Italian opera.

Katy McAulay

Katy McAulay lives in Glasgow, where she writes novels, short stories, scripts and flash fiction. She’s also been known to work as a journalist, copywriter and as a collaborator on theatre productions. In 2009, her first film, Floating is Easy, premiered at Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and went on to win Best Drama at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. This summer she’s been awarded a writing Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, where she intends to work on a novel called Gift Horse.

Katy’s style of writing is characterised by a tailor’s eye for detail and ability to deftly portray a character in a single gesture or phrase. She seeks to capture and explore themes of city life, responsibility and escape, with both economy and insight.

Mark Russell

Mark Russell was born in the USA, grew up in Somerset and lived in Glasgow for what seems like forever. He thinks this has given his writing a sense of displacement and confusion, though he’s not really sure. He has published poetry and prose in West Coast Magazine, Rebel Inc and From Glasgow To Saturn, and had plays performed in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. His short story ‘Waiting at the Big Red Rabbit’ will be published shortly in the anthology Sushirexia: 32 Stories About Hunger. His short story ‘Ruck’ and his long poem ‘In the Garden of Smack & Weed’ will be published later in 2010. One of tonight’s prose poems was published in the inaugural issue of Spilling Ink Review earlier this month. He teaches Drama and once lied to the KGB and got away with it.

Andrea McNicoll

Andrea McNicoll‘s first novel, Moonshine in the Morning (Alma Books 2008), is set in rural Thailand, where she ran a restaurant and worked as a freelance interpreter over a period of twelve years. She is a graduate of Glasgow University’s creative writing programme. Moonshine in the Morning was shortlisted for the 2008 Saltire First Book Award and won the first book category in the 2009 Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Awards. She is currently working on a second novel set in Glasgow and was recently awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

Alan Montgomery

Alan Montgomery has wanted to be a writer since realising that he can’t count. So he quit his job as a stocktaker, borrowed a pencil and began writing feverishly, finally mastering joined up last week. Just as well, as he is notorious for mixing up numbers to embarrassing effect. He is 11 years old and weighs 30 stone. He wants to go far with his writing, ultimately becoming the first comic prose scribe in space.

Stuart Wilson

Stuart is 33 years old and lives in Glasgow. He has been writing – on and off – for about 12 years, maybe more.

He writes short stories and poetry mostly, and has made attempts at novels and currently, a screenplay set in post-WWI Ireland. His writing genres are crime, horror, thrillers and historical subjects – although he is willing diversify and expand. Stuart keeps his eyes and ears open for ideas and influences. If he’s not in the coffee shop hammering on the laptop, he’ll be out with friends or watching movies or theatre.
He hopes you like what he has to offer.

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan was recently quoted in The New Yorker, but she still writes in her pyjamas. As well as writing, she also edits, teaches, reviews books, and works in a tea-shop. She has won some awards and things, and is currently working on her first novel, Little Dead Boys.

Spoken Wordists

Loki

Loki is a name now synonymous with Scottish Hip Hop.  He began making a name for himself in early 2002 on the open mic circuit as a viscious though socially conscious wordsmith and as the years have passed he has developed his own unique voice drawing inspiration from hip hop artists as well as comedians.  Loki, to date, has released a vast amount of free material with his 2004 album ‘Friendly World’ not only showing a maturation of style but also setting a new standard for lyricists across the country.  His influence has become apparent more recently as a new generation of young lyricists step up to stake their claim and Loki works tirelessly to stay engaged with the up and coming artists of the future.  He is also a passionate social activist and community artist specialising in working with society’s most challenging young people.

Songwriting Stage

The Lonely Oatcake

The Lonely Oatcake is Ben and Tommy. There was once an oatcake called Larry.  Larry was a lonely oatcake.  He wandered the world with violin and acoustic guitar playing in his head, sometimes listening and sometimes not.  As far as I know this is still the case.  If you are curious, you might find more information here: http://www.myspace.com/thelonelyoatcake.

Alistair Campbell

Has been writing songs for his own pleasure and that of small groups of people gathered together since he was 15.

Has played a number of sell out gigs both here and in Japan mostly because they were free to attend and they were small rooms. For translation of any Japanese lyrics, if it really means that much to you, please approach him after the performance. He hopes you will enjoy the night.

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