Literally@Newbattle is a collaborative venture involving a range of partners – Midlothian Council, Queen Margaret University, Scottish Mining Museum, Newbattle Abbey College and local writers’ groups. We will focus on engaging with children, young people and families in Midlothian through a diverse two-day programme.
Friday 26 April will be an event for primary schools, targeting specific schools in Midlothian. On Friday evening the college is delighted to host Karine Polwart, Pathhead-based songwriter, theatre maker, author and winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year award. Joining Karine will be Scots poet and novelist Jackie Kay MBE, FRSE. Jackie is the third modern Makar; the Scottish poet laureate. The evening celebrates the importance of poetry, storytelling and song in Scotland.
Saturday 27 April will offer a diverse programme of events for all ages, including; Gaelic storytelling, poetry and writing showcases, script-writing, and rap hip-hop workshops, contemporary fiction and crime panels.
Events for children are free. Ticket costs for other events will be kept at a reasonable rate to encourage the local community to get involved. We look forward to welcoming you to Newbattle. We hope that this initiative will be the first of many and will extend cultural opportunities in Midlothian for people of all ages.