Dusk Performer: Haworth Hodgkinson

Haworth Hodgkinson is composer and improvising musician, as well as a poet, playwright, and performer of the spoken word. His work ranges from collaborations with other writers, musicians, dancers and visual artists, actors and storytellers, to solo performances combining words and sound.

His poetry and music are largely concerned with the changing seasons in the landscape of the North of Scotland, and the lives of the people who populate this landscape.

He traces his interest in intuitive and improvised music back to his student days in St Andrews, where he played with an improvising group and began incorporating intuitive techniques in his compositions.

His interest in improvisation was further stimulated in 2007 by a weekend workshop with Fred Frith at the Sound Festival in Aberdeen, and he has since played with Susanne Olbrich’s Strange Little Orchestra in Forres and Findhorn and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra at the Sound Festival in 2008.

His poetry is published in two collections, A Weakness for Mermaids (2007) and Tractor Bastard (2012), and a wide range of his music can be heard on the High Moss label.

Haworth is reading stories and poems for Dusk in Ellon, and his music will be performed by Intuitive Music Aberdeen.


Dusk Performer: Catriona Yule

Catriona Yule lives in Aberdeenshire with her husband, writer Richie Brown and their cats, Frank and Tilly. She is currently researching her first novel.

She has previously had poetry and short stories published in Pushing Out the Boat, Northwords Now, Orkney Writers Course anthology, From There to Here, and Open Mouse.

She has performed with the Blue Salt Collective in Aberdeen, Strontian and Shetland.

Her poetry featured in the National Theatre of Scotland’s community production Granite, which was staged in March 2016.

Catriona joins Intuitive Music Aberdeen as a guest reader for the Dusk: Solstice Shorts project.


Dusk Poet: Alice Tarbuck

Alice Tarbuck is a writer & academic based in Edinburgh. Her first pamphlet, Grid, is forthcoming from Sad Press in 2018.

Alice’s poem for DUSK, Decoration of a Fermented Season, will be read at Ellon and Inverness on 21st December.


Dusk Poet: Eileen Carney Hulme

Eileen Carney Hulme lives in the North East of Scotland. She has three collections, the latest, The Stone Messenger, was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2015.

She has poems in many magazines including, Reach Poetry, The Dawntreader, Sarasvati, Acumen, The Interpreter’s House, Envoi, Northwords Now, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Poetry Space and more. She has won several prizes and been placed or commended in a number of competitions, locally, nationally and internationally. She has been involved in collaborations with a local textile artist, Margaret Meldrum, and their poetry and artwork was exhibited during The Nairn Book and Arts Festival. Award winning musician, Mark Keane director of Tribal Chamber Choir, Galway, set to music Eileen’s poem Belonging which was performed by the choir at The Cork International Choral Festival.

Eileen was the first Poet in Residence at The Nicholson Gallery in her local town of Forres and she has two poems transcribed on to wall space there as a permanent feature.

Eileen’s poem for Dusk, Blue Hour, will be performed at Ellon and Inverness on 21st December; as it is already published it won’t be included in the anthology.

Dusk author: Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He studied at Winchester College before reading English at New College, Oxford. In 1988 he moved to Cornwall where he  still lives with his husband, the farmer and sculptor, Aidan Hicks, at Land’s End.

His novels include Little Bits of Baby (1989), The Cat Sanctuary (1990), The Facts of Life (1995), Tree Surgery for Beginners (1998), Rough Music (2000), A Sweet Obscurity (2003), Friendly Fire, Notes From an Exhibition (2007), The Whole Day Through (2009), A Perfectly Good Man (2012) and A Place Called Winter (2015). There are also two collections of short stories, Dangerous Pleasure (1996) and Gentleman’s Relish (2009).

In 2017 his Man in an Orange Shirt was screened by BBC2 as part of the Gay Britannia season, which also featured the documentary All Families Have Secrets – the Narrative Art of Patrick Gale. Patrick’s next novel, Studies for Resilience will be published in September 2018. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of a Rose Tremain short story, and television adaptations of one of his own novels and of an early 20th century classic…


Patrick’s story for Dusk, Sleep Tight, a deliciously creepy story involving moths, will be performed at Ellon and Redruth on 21st December, thus topping and tailing the event. As it is already published (in Gentleman’s Relish) it won’t be in the book.


Dusk Poet: Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist. Her work is inspired by the landscape, by fairy-tales and visiting local cafes. She is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor and also runs her own brand of writing workshops.

Sue’s poem for Dusk, The Shortest Day, will be performed at Birmingham and Ellon, at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018

Dusk Poet: Jane Aldous

Jane aldousJane Aldous is an Edinburgh based poet. Her poems have been published in Northwords Now, The Eildon Tree, Southlight, poetandgeek. Some of her poems have been commended in the Baker Prize, Buzzwords, Manchester Writing for Children Prize and she won the Wigtown Poetry Prize in 2012.
Jane took part in an event at the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh in September where two of her poems were performed.

Her poem for Dusk, After the sun, before the stars is an imaginative journey to the lee of Edinburgh Castle and will be performed at Ellon and Inverness at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018

Dusk Author: Alex Reece Abbott

Alex Reece Abbott  www.alexreeceabbott.info / @AlexReeceAbbott

ALEX REECE ABBOTT   An Irish Novel Fair winner, and finalist in the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award, Alex enjoys working across forms, genres and hemispheres. Widely published and anthologised around the world, her stories have won the Arvon, HG Wells, Crediton and Northern Crime prizes and featured in the Word Factory’s Citizen season. Among others, her work has shortlisted for the Bridport, Tillie Olsen, Lorian Hemingway, Mslexia, Raven and Sunday Business Post Penguin short story prizes.

Alex’s story for Dusk, MacFarquhar’s Bed is set on a double-arched, open-sided, grass-topped stone outcrop, near to the town of Cromarty on the Moray Firth, in northeast Scotland, and will be performed at Ellon and Inverness at Dusk on 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology  21st June 2018

Dusk: Tickets

A Wave of Words Across the UK, 12 sites, at Dusk on the Shortest Day of the Year.

Tickets: Generally by donation, suggested £3, but there are exceptions where this is part of a bigger event.

Ellon: On The Door
Inverness: on the door
Carlisle: on the door
Bristol (Kelston)
Anglesey (Holyhead): on the door

Venue details

Dusk: Venues


All events BSL Interpreted

Ellon (Nr Aberdeen)
from 16:28 (solstice) official performance 1707
Better Read Books
18 Ythan Terrace
AB41 9LJ

from 17:00 for 17:15
SGL Boardroom
Eden Court,
Bishops Road,

from 17:00 for17:16
Foxes Cafe Lounge
18 Abbey Street,

from 17:00 for 17:16
West Greenwich Library
Greenwich High Road
SE10 8NN


from 17:00 for17:17
The Print Room Café & Bar
The Storey
Meeting House Lane,

from 17:00 for 17:18
The Whitaker Museum & Arts Centre
Haslingden Road,

Ynys Mon
from 17:00 for 17:19
Ucheldre Centre,
Ynys Mon
LL65 1TE

from 17:00 for 17:20
The Goose
561 Bristol Rd,
B29 6AF

from 17:00 for 17:21
Nottingham Writers Studio
25 Hockley

from 17:00 for 17:30
The Old Barn,
Kelston Roundhill,
Near Bath

Warkleigh (Near Barnstaple)
from 17:00 for 17:33
Courage Copse Creatives
North Devon,
EX37 9DD

from 17:00 for 17:40
The Merlin Building,
Cornwall College,
Trevenson Road,
TR15 3RD