The Three Craws on Radio ECFM 107.6

We are delighted to have returned to East Coast FM 107.6 community radio, https://eastcoastfm.co.uk/ after a break since 2013, to give performances currently every last Thursday of the month at 9 am, with a different script each month.  You can listen in through the internet via the link above, or through your FM radio in house or in your car on ecfm 107.6.  Watch out for upcoming links on my website to voice recorded snippets from these short, fun plays in Scots dialogue demonstrated by The Three Craws coming from different regions in Scotland, such as East Lothian, Fife and near Aberdeen where Doric dialect originates from.  Narration is in plain English.

If you would like to have a go at being a Craw, or indeed purchase scripts and/or merchandise for an in-school performance to promote the use of Scots language, and find out about local and national history, events and traditions in a fun way, please contact me on ritabradd@ritabradd.com .  Suggested age range, 8 upwards, or from P4.

I am also open to commissions, reference Play 9 which was built around local knowledge provided to me by generations of mining families of school children at Cockenzie Primary School to mark the demolition of the power station chimneys, or ‘lums’.  It was a real thrill to receive the information, as well as drawings by some of the children.

Here is the current list of available plays.  Again, if you would like your school or community group to put on any of the plays, please contact me on the link above.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Rita

January        – Play 1   TTC Gaun Tae Rabbie Burns’ Birthday Pairty At The Globe Inn, Dumfries

February     – Play 2    TTC Gaun Aw Lovey-Dovey

March          – Play 3    TTC An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar

April             – Play 4    TTC Hae A Strange Eggsperience

May              – Play 5    TTC Find Oot Aboot The Saltire An The 3Harbours Festival

June             – Play 6    TTC Discover Gowf An the  Braw Views Frae North Berwick Law

July               – Play 7    TTC Find Oot Aboot The National Museum O Flight

August         – Play 8   TTC Meet John Muir At Sunny Dunbar

September – Play 9   TTC An The Dounfaw O Cockenzie Power Station Lums

October       – Play 10 TTC An A Spooky Dook Fer Aipples

November  – Play 11 TTC Gaun Tae Bayeux Wi The Battle O Prestonpans Tapestry

December   – Play 12 TTC An The Bairn In A Manger

 

 

Return to Adelaide, and Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017

One of Captain Bruce’s great-great-granddaughters invited me to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival which is held every two years in Hobart, Tasmania.  I was so excited to be going back to Adelaide as my first port of call, especially as I was giving two talks on board City of Adelaide, on the weekend of 3 and 4 February.  I was met at the airport by my lovely, generous hosts Ian and Jeanette, who are always very welcoming, fun and helpful, and friend Rosemary who was waving the Saltire.

I could hardly contain myself the next morning when we went to Port Adelaide to see the clipper ship.  She is still sitting on barge Bradley, however a good amount of work is going on inside the hull, such as scraping off the old paint from the iron beams in the ‘tween deck and painting them with the original colour from 1864, planning out for replica 1st class cabins.  New windows have been fitted into the stern where Captain Bruce’s cabin was, as well as a very smart new South Australia Coat of Arms.

It was such a thrill to have two fantastic musicians involved with the first talk.  I had understood City of Adelaide‘s honorary piper, and Commander of Clan Ross in Australia would not be able to come along for the evening.  As I immersed myself in the sights, smells and feel of the ship in the ‘tween deck where I was giving the talks, I heard the lilt of the pipes permeating through her planks.  I rushed out and saw Des in finest regalia, playing the pipes.  I was also hugely honoured that Adelaide-based international singer/harpist Siobhan Owen accompanied me on her clarsach (small lever harp) with my composition City of Adelaide : Farewell to Scotland whilst I read my poem City of Adelaide Bleeds before launching into my presentations to a well-attended audience.

I was lucky to meet Siobhan again in Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe in August 2017, when we repeated our performance on two evenings. https://siobhanowen.com/

 

The Three Craws Gaun Tae Rabbie Burns’ Birthday Pairty At The Globe Inn, Dumfries 2018

This is our fifth year performing my play in Scots Language with plain English narration in The Globe Inn, Dumfries – Robert Burns’ favourite drinking hole in which he discussed and read poetry with friends.  It’s a wee room full of interesting pictures and objects and a wonderful fireplace.  The Poet’s chair stands in a corner and it’s lovely to sit on it and hope that some of his talent might be absorbed!  We are delighted to be returning, and this year we have a special … a workshop on the script and music!

Come and hear what happens when The Three Craws leave their perch on Edinburgh Castle wall and fly south to Dumfries where the smell of haggis tempts them to the unthinkable, and they have to suffer the consequences.  The Three Craws meet Tam O’Shanter and Meg escaping from the witch Nannie Dee and her coven, find some spooky writing on the windows of The Globe Inn and more!

The schedule is :

Saturday 20th January

1 pm –       Performance in Rabbie’s Howff in The Globe Inn

2 – 3 pm –  Workshop in the Bakers Oven

4 pm –        Performance in Rabbie’s Howff in The Globe Inn

Sunday 21st January

Afternoon performances in Rabbie’s Howff, The Globe Inn, with musical interludes at –

1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.

Events are FREE, bucket donations welcome …

We hope to see you there!

Book Week Scotland 2017

The amazing East Lothian Library Service set up a programme for me to visit a library each day from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December, to meet people for a chat over a cuppa and biscuits, and to read a few poems from ‘Salt & Soil’.  The exception was Thursday, when a group of P5s from Campie School, Musselburgh came to the library for my presentation on the voyage with clipper ship City of Adelaide over the winter of 2013/14.  It’s so lovely to share that experience, and the pupils were absolutely brilliant.

 

The Three Craws An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar

On 7 October 2017, Coast Properties, North Berwick held an open day at Barnsness Lighthouse, Dunbar.  It was the perfect chance to give The Three Craws An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar another outing.  It was  great to have a large audience from youngsters to those with a few more years under their hats, all of whom appeared to enjoy the show.

 

 

Poetry – Upcoming Events – ‘Salt & Soil’ etc

 

May 2018

  • 10 May – Craigmillar Thistle Scribblers Anthology Launch

April 2018

  • 29 April – Vibrant Musselburgh

March 2018

  • Blackwell’s Bookshop stocks ‘Salt & Soil’

February 2018

  • 17 February – World Community Arts Day, Craigmillar Library, Edinburgh
  • 13 February – Vespers 15, 7.30pm, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh
  • 03 February – Platform Poetry at Ladybank, Fife – 7pm – includes music on clarsach (small lever harp)

December Dates

  • 12 December – Poetry Pamphlet Fair – National Library of Scotland – 6pm
  • 06 December – Soft Launch, 7pm – From the Horse’s Mouth, Summerhall, Edinburgh

November Dates

  • 16 November – Fisherrow Open Night – 7pm – Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh: I’ll be playing clarsach as folk arrive and reading from ‘Salt & Soil’
  • 23 November – ‘This is it!’ Literary Cabaret – 7-8.30pm – Central Hall, West Tollcross, Edinburgh – Poetry Readings and booklet sales

Salt & Soil Library Tour, East Lothian

  • 2 December    – 11.00am – 12pm – Gullane Library
  • 1 December    – 2.30 – 3.30pm – Ormiston Library
  • 30 November – 2.00 – 3.00pm – Musselburgh Library (closed event for City of Adelaide   presentation)
  • 29 November – 2.00 – 3.00pm – Dunbar Library
  • 28 November – 2.30 – 3.30pm – Longniddry Library
  • 27 November – 2.30 – 3.30pm – Port Seton Library

 

Scottish Book Trust Book Week Scotland 2017

I am very grateful to East Lothian Libraries Service for setting up a ‘Salt & Soil’ Book Tour during Book Week Scotland, 27 November – 3 December.  During the week I shall be visiting several libraries who put in a request for a visit following an email communication from the Service.

A special request came from Musselburgh Library for a talk on my voyage with clipper ship City of Adelaide for a group of P5 pupils.  I am so looking forward to giving them a presentation with images from the voyage.

 

‘Salt & Soil’ Debut Poetry Booklet

 

 

I was so thrilled to have my East Lothian Launch of ‘Salt & Soil’ on 26 October 2017 in Hecla Gallery, Cockenzie House & Gardens, Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie.  Over the last several years I’ve held events there, and attended a few too.  I love the environment, there is so much to see with frequently changing exhibitions and craft items in the shop, and the folk that run it are friendly, welcoming and very helpful.  Yvonne Murphy is involved with the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry which inspired the poem ‘Diaspora’ in the booklet.  I brought 3 panels of the Diaspora Tapestry back from Adelaide when I went back there in May 2014 for clipper ship City of Adelaide‘s 150th birthday party. (see Category ‘City of Adelaide’ on my website.)

L-R Trevor Powell, former Chief of Port Adelaide Caledonian Society, Rosemary McKay who organised the stitchers around Adelaide, me, Hon. Piper for City of Adelaide, Des Ross, Commander of Clan Ross in Australia.

The room was packed to capacity for the launch.  Some friends were there, as well as with new faces.  I was already on my second print run, having sold most, and outsourced the remainder of the first batch.

This beautiful handcrafted desk later became my signing table.

I took along my clarsach and played my composition ‘City of Adelaide : Farewell to Scotland’ to start off the evening.  I ended with accompanying myself on ‘The Herrin Trail’.

 

Edinburgh and Glasgow launches will be announced in the near future.

 

The Three Craws An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar

The Three Craws An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar is No. 11 in my series of plays based on the crows sung about in the traditional Scots ditty ‘Three Craws Sat Upon A Wa’.  I wrote the script in 2015 and it was first performed as part of Dunbar’s Coastword Festival of Words.

We were invited to perform in the brand new outdoor space within The Battery on Lamer Island, Victoria Harbour, Dunbar.  We did not quite make being the first performers in the new space, but were close, as second.

The space is amazing, there’s an historical timeline in the path leading to the entrance.  Once inside, there’s a wooden platform and seating, with the names of the Weather Forecast carved in.  There are stainless steel cubes.  Read …

https://dunbarbattery.org.uk/the-location/public-art/

A fan enjoys a hot cuppa from a ‘The Three Craws’ mug,

available via my Shop