CoastWord literary festival announces writer and songwriter in residence.

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CoastWord, Dunbar’s festival of words, has announced Catherine Simpson as Writer in Residence for 2016/17 and Kirsty Law as songwriter in residence for the 2016 CoastWord festival.

Catherine Simpson is a novelist and short story writer based near Edinburgh. Her debut novel ‘Truestory’ was published by Sandstone Press in September 2015.

Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson

In 2013 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for the opening chapters of Truestory. Her work has been published in various anthologies and magazines, published on-line and broadcast on BBC Radio. She has published articles in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman.

Kirsty Law was born in the Borders and grew up learning traditional songs, mainly in the Scots dialect. She now combines this with her strong interests in songwriting and poetry, inspired by the ideas and forms she finds within the tradition.

She has now launched a career of performing and writing, fast becoming noticed as a talent to watch. Kirsty has been a collaborator on various arts projects, working with other musicians, visual artists and poets.

The Coastword festival takes place between Friday and Sunday, May 27-29. Now in its third year, it is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, who work hard to inspire and support the Dunbar community and its many visitors in their enjoyment of stories, poetry and song.