SQIFF 2021: Poetics of the Visual

David Ellington stands in front of a wall. He points to the sky, making a bird with his hands. The overlaid text says, “Two birds shoot and dart as one. Around a far, far tree. He runs the distance. And watches the other. Together.”Here, in his film Liberty, Ellington’s BSL is like a dance. Heart... Continue Reading →

WayWORD Festival: Art is Activism

The WayWORD Festival, a student-led creative arts festival run by the WORD Centre at the University of Aberdeen is without a doubt, summed up with the expression “maximum effort, maximum reward,” in terms of the time and energy it took to get it all together, and the obstacles we overcame. The tagline we chose, “unconventional... Continue Reading →

On A Rooftop Overlooking The Tay…

A secretive new collective has sprung up! The Underground Rooftop Collective (or URCollective) held their first performance this autumn in a secret location in Dundee city centre - performing to an audience of none in line with the Covid-19 restrictions. On a rooftop overlooking the Tay, Katherine Allan & Haig Massie, Cheryl McGregor, Chloé Segall,... Continue Reading →

Highlights From Hysteria’s First Poetry Slam

Hysteria is an art collective and performance night featuring women, non-binary and trans creatives in Aberdeen, which held their first ever competitive poetry slam on Thursday 13 August over Zoom. Founded by Hanna Louise and Mae Diansangu, Hysteria prides itself on elevating marginalised voices. Since Hysteria hadn’t been charging their regular fee for events over... Continue Reading →

From Hypermedia To Hardback Poetry

J.R. Carpenter’s poetry collection This is A Picture of Wind began life as a web-based piece of the same name, which won the Opening Up Digital Fiction Competition People's Choice Award in 2018. Carpenter’s work is concerned with hypermedia, text-based narratives, and the limits of writing, and in the online version of the work she was able... Continue Reading →

‘Competition Poetry For The Introverted’

“Competition poetry for the introverted,” is how the Glasgow Women’s Library pitched their first ever Calm Slam, a poetry competition for “every woman* who loves poetry but likes the quiet life,” centred around the theme of speaking up. What I found especially interesting about the slam was the way these poets could use media to... Continue Reading →

Hysteria: Riot Grrl Edition!

This was my third time going to a Hysteria night, and I can safely say the extra tag of riot grrl was well-deserved. The atmosphere of Hysteria is first and foremost a safe one, but with each performer, the safety continued to mingle with a wonderful patriarchy-smashing hardcore. The Homoromantics, the long-anticipated headliner, performed after... Continue Reading →

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The thing about poets is that they are quite fragile souls. Pretty much anyone who gets up is going to have something to plug,” says host Fay Roberts - up from Cambridgeshire to promote her show The Selkie and provide a showcase for the ‘other voices’ of this show’s title. She runs through... Continue Reading →

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