SPECTRA celebrates Scottish literary talent with a major new commission in the year of Scottish stories

SPECTRA, Scotland’s festival of light, announces a new collaboration with award-winning literary collective and art production house Neu Reekie by launching Writ Large, a new commission as part of the Year of Scottish Stories.

Taking place in Aberdeen as part of Spectra from February 10-13, Writ Large will showcase poetry and prose from some of the country’s most talented writers through stunning large-scale projections and colorful neon thanks to the spectacular talent of de Solus Neon Sign Co., scattered throughout the city center.

Comprised of six commissioned writings from Neu Reekie poets and creatives Michael Pedersen, Kevin Williamson, Amanda Thomson, Kathryn Joseph, Mae Diansangu and Sheena Blackhall, Writ Large brings the beauty and brilliance of the written word to inner-city venues of Aberdeen, including Aberdeen Art. Gallery, Marischal College, Castlegate, Upper Kirkgate and Schoolhill.

Kevin and Michael, founders of Neu Reekie and award-winning poets in their own right, drew inspiration from their Scottish surroundings, with Kevin’s poem Voyager, inspired by his father. KevinWilliamson said:

“My father was born and raised in Aberdonian, very proud of the city, especially its football team. When he died a few years ago, after a difficult time battling dementia, it got me thinking about how we used to see the whole rocket Apolo. is released in the ’60s and ’70s. The poem grew out of those memories and his last days in care.”

Michael’s poem Squatting on Rubislaw is also inspired in part by loss. Michael Pedersen said:

“I found myself in a gigantic house at Rubislaw Den with no real right to be there. I and a small group of friends were commissioned to put on a play about a great Scottish poet. We had just suffered a bewildering loss, it was winter, and there was something portentous brewing beer in the sky. A storm was coming to shake the town and make mischief in the garden. There were voices on the wind.”

Writ Large is one of over 60 events that make up a national program supported by EventScotland that celebrates the wealth of stories inspired, written or created in Scotland.

To plan your trip and experience the explosion of colorful words from contemporary Scottish poets, visit www.spectra.co.uk

Neu Reekie said, “Neu! Reekie! We are delighted to be joining the SPECTRA force, working with Curated Place and all the sublime artists in its orbit. Together we have assembled a brilliant group of writers of poetry, prose and music ( the middle realms) that have produced words that truly sizzle, sentiments worthy of the illuminating future that awaits them. The poetics of: Amanda Thomson, Kathryn Joseph, Mae Diansangu, Sheena Blackhall, and our Michael Pedersen and Kevin mind as in the imagination of Northeasterners, and we’re thrilled with that.

Cllr Marie Boulton, Spokesperson for Culture, said: “Aberdeen City Council is delighted to welcome this important new commission to Spectra. Stories are an integral part of our culture here in North East Scotland and it is a privilege for us to showcasing the words of contemporary storytellers, lighting up the city and engaging our communities. Curated Place and Neu Reekie have brought together a diverse and brilliant group of writers to share their stories with us, helping Spectra kick off the Year of Stories of Scotland in style”.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Events Director, said: “Scotland is the perfect setting for events and this year’s Spectra festival will illuminate Aberdeen and its iconic buildings, showcasing contemporary poetry and prose in a dramatic way. We are delighted to support this festival as part of the Year of Scottish Stories 2022 as they bring to life six new specially commissioned pieces by some of Scotland’s most talented writers at Writ Large.

“From literary icons to local tales, the Year of Scottish Stories encourages locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our lives. stories, past and present.

Spectra is Scotland’s festival of light that takes place every February in Aberdeen. As part of the Northeast’s vibrant annual calendar of cultural events, Spectra lights up winter nights with stunning installations, giving locals and tourists the perfect opportunity to discover the city in a new way.

Spectra’s website will share more information about the facility and how to enjoy it and will include all new commissioned writing in its entirety. Whether you’re traveling to the city center with your family or traveling from Dundee, Perth or Edinburgh with friends, visit www.spectrafestival.co.uk

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