Spinners and Spoons, a small collection of poetry and short stories by Catriona Yule, Knotbrook Taylor, Helen Elizabeth Ramsey and Haworth Hodgkinson, four members of Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Writers, was launched to great acclaim at WordPlay, the Shetland Book Festival, in 2005.
The Aberdeen launch of the book was hosted by Dead Good Poets at Books and Beans in February 2006.
As part of Wordfringe 2006, several musicians, dancers and artists were invited to produce their responses to pieces in the book, and the authors also read from their work.
Published by Koo Press, and with a cover illustration by Helen Elizabeth Ramsey, the book is available from bookshops including Books and Beans, or at any Lemon Tree Writers event.
Catriona Yule lives in Auchenblae. She has recently worked with pupils who have been excluded from mainstream education and is continually influenced by the adolescent voices around her. Her short stories have been published in The Eildon Tree and Pushing Out the Boat. She is developing a Doric play called Kitten Heels.
Knotbrook Taylor has just discovered a name for the type of poetry he writes: existential. He likes the sound of the word and it goes some way to explain why he writes. His poems have been published in various literary magazines in Scotland and he won the Ottakars Regional Poetry Competition in 2001. He has also performed at the Fringe and Shore Poets.
Helen Elizabeth Ramsey is defined by constant change, and her writing is similarly influenced, drawing inspirations from all the places she has lived and jobs she has sampled. She spent a year as President of the Creative Writing Society at Aberdeen University, where she also discovered a taste for public readings. Her short stories are published in their anthologies, including Freeze.
Born in Lancashire, but resident in North East Scotland for twenty years, Haworth Hodgkinson is best known as a poet, but he also writes short stories and is involved in music and theatre. He chairs the Lemon Tree Writers and writes on literature for the Leopard magazine. His poetry has appeared in Storm, Pushing Out the Boat, The Broken Fiddle, Breaking New Ground and New Writing Scotland.