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Saturday, 14 March 2020
Sonja Heyer and I outside the Byre Theatre, centre of the Scottish Poetry Festival, at St Andrews.
Everyone came up and enthused saying how much they enjoyed the poetry/walk. We had sun, but one windy day when a few umbrellas fell victim, turning inside out, one rainy day but that didn't matter as they are real umbrellas.
A punter listens to Berlin Umbrella in the Byre courtyard,
sheltered from the wind.
The Meet the Artists event led to a lot of hand waving -
in the background on the wall are Valerie Coffin Price's artwork
inspired by my poetry in Berlin Umbrella and accompanying
Sonja whilst she made natural water sound recordings.
of the poetry.
on the Sound Art.
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Jen Hadfield 'makkin' at the St Magnus Hotel, Hillswick. This is the second year running I have attended 'Makkin wi Wirds'...