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Our picks for the top tickets at this year's WayWORD festival

The literary festival is back in Aberdeen for the fourth time, from 16 to 30 September

By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

The WayWORD Festival has returned to the Granite City for the fourth time.

The highly regarded literary festival, set up by the University of Aberdeen, begins tomorrow- and will run for two weeks across Aberdeen.

Nearly fifty different events will be held across four different venues, including panel discussions, live music, and poetry readings.

All events have free entry, so you don’t have to worry about your budget.

Here’s five of our picks for the most interesting events on the programme:

1- Kathleen Jamie: Sunday, Sept 24 | 5.30pm | King's Pavilion UoA

Kathleen pictured with former FM Nicola Sturgeon in 2021. Image: Scottish Government (via Flickr)

Kathleen is an award winning essayist and poet, who has served as Scotland’s Makar since 2021.

The evening will include readings, poetry, and discussion on the theme of “one word, one sound, against another.”

Edinburgh’s former Makar, Alan Spence, will join Kathleen in conversation.

2- Saltfishforty in Concert: Saturday, Sept 16 | Doors 7pm | King's Pavilion UoA

Orkney based songsters Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty have won acclaim for their compositions, which are rooted in traditional Orcadian tunes and folk music.

They’ll bring their talents to Aberdeen, kicking off the first day of WayWORD as the headliners of a free concert at King’s Pavilion.

3- ‘Wokery Gone Mad’: Culture Wars with Timothy C. Baker: Saturday, Sept 23 | 1.30pm | King's Pavilion UoA

Prof Tim Baker. Supplied Image

Perhaps we’re biassed, but this seems like a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Join UoA’s Prof Timothy Baker, P & J news editor Rebecca Buchan, and Strathclyde academic Kare Boyle for a discussion on trigger warnings and “censorship” in the classroom.

Ahead of the panel, check out our interview with Prof Baker here:

4- Pop-up: The Cost of Warmth film Screening and Q&A: Friday, Sept 22 | 1.15pm | King's Pavilion UoA

Curated by Community TV members at SHMU in Woodside, this short film “examines the reality of having to choose between eating and heating in one of the UK's wealthiest cities.”

A question and answer session on this important issue will take place after the film.

5- Blue Lamp Evening of Dialect Delights: Tuesday, Sept 19 | Doors 7.30pm | The Blue Lamp

With contributions from local dialects across Shetland, Orkney, and Aberdeenshire, this evening of poetry and song is bound to be a treat.

The event will feature a number of performers; including Sheena Blackhall, Carole Anderson, Hannah Nicholson, and Outwith Ensemble.

All of the events, and a link to select free tickets, can be found at this link:


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