By the light of the Silver(y) toun…

November 19, 2009

‘Granite city, silver city, ancient seat of learning, thriving port, boomtown of North sea oil, Aberdeen has many faces, and poets have praised it – and occasionally damned it! – down the years.’

So it was we were pleased last night to host an event in Edinburgh to toast the book from which the above text wends,  Silver: An Aberdeen Anthology (Polygon), edited by Alan Spence and Hazel Hutchison. And despite about 50 other events being on at the same time (well, ok, maybe just the three that we knew of: the Golden Hour at the Forest, Canongate Books‘ IRREGULAR at the Voodoo Rooms, and the Genomics Forum Social Session – “Dr Jekyll’s DNA found – is Hyde in the clear?” the topic of discussion) there was a pleasing throng to greet our evening’s readers. Alan Spence read with fellow editor Hazel Hutchison, Rory Watson, Wayne Price and Kevin Macneil. David Bruce also read, for the first time, a poem by his father, the late George Bruce.

Afterwards, over at the star-spangly Voodoo Rooms, Don Paterson brought poetry to an evening bedecked with the northern prose of Chris Killen, Helen Walsh and Kevin Samson. Reading from his Forward Prize-winning latest collection ‘Rain’, he was amusingly dry as he contemplated the collection’s dearth of cheer. Three cheers for ‘Two Trees’ and ‘Why Do You Stay Up So Late?’ from me – come on down and burrow in if you’d like to read them.

To end, that wonderful song… with male chorus!

One Response to “By the light of the Silver(y) toun…”


  1. […] Super Girl (Faber) last night. Both excellent and well-attended nights, you can read more about our Silver event here, and a review of Ruth’s book […]


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