• Alistair Braidwood

Not Burns – Dunbar!: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Roy Moller About The Dunbar CoastWord Festival&


Dunbar CoastWord Festival.

Starting in 2013 as Dunbar’s Wee Festival of Words, in just three years it has grown to be an arts festival which can boast the likes of Liz Lochhead, Janice Galloway, Rachel McCrum, Catherine Simpson, Gerry Cambridge, Anne Cleeves and Withered Hand. It also shines a spotlight on Dunbar itself, with events celebrating the local and locale.

Liz Lochhead


Janice Galloway


Rachel McCrum


Catherine Simpson


Gerry Cambridge


The CoastWord Team


It’s a festival which encourages interaction from those who attend, with many various workshops on offer in writing fiction, poetry, songwriting and more. I could go into more detail here, but that’s what the podcast is for and  Roy gives you the insider information you just won’t get elsewhere, and talks about the festival’s genesis and ethos. If you’re not booking your tickets by the time the pod ends, we will be very surprised – and a little disappointed.

We also had time to chat about the role of small festivals, Roy’s own career as a musician and poet, and his hands-on involvement in Coastword before we finish off with some beautiful music which will give you just a taste of the festival, with Carey Lunan and John Hardman playing ‘The Parting’.

If you aren’t yet a subscriber to the podcast you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes or by RSS. There’s a sizeable back catalogue waiting for you. You can also download it by clicking on the relevant link to the right of this post, or, if you want it right here, right now, you can listen on SoundCloud


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What could be better that a weekend in Dunbar wrapped up in books, music, poetry and film? And as we always say, we’ll be back with someone completely different very soon… In this case, very soon indeed…

#LizLochhead #CoastWordFestival #CatherineSimpson #MonicaQueen #NeuReekie #WitheredHand #RachelMcCrum #RoyMoller #JaniceGalloway

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