Homecoming 2014: ‘There’s No Place Like…’


“The Home Straits” is a programme of work on the theme of home curated by Eleven for Homecoming
Scotland 2014. To find out more about all 6 events, visit www.elevenhq.com

‘There’s No Place Like…”

Two evenings of spoken word, dance, music and poetry presented by Eleven, with Rally & Broad, in Stirling and St Andrews.

[HOME]: ‘a place where something normally lives or is located. One’s place of residence. Familiar or congenial setting. A house. Domicile or habitat. Headquarters. The place, when you go there, they have to take you in.’

At the end of the year of Homecoming, a group of poets, writers, musicians and dancers explore notions of home. Where is it? Where has it been? And how do you get there?

With original commissions from Don Paterson, Stewart Home, Martin MacInnes, Rupert Thomson, Jenny Lindsay  and Rachel McCrum, which will be available in a souvenir programme, and performed at the events.

Performances from Skye Loneragan & Skye Reynolds, Joy Dunlop & Band, Alasdair C. MhicIlleBhàin & Còmhlan | Alasdair C. Whyte & Band,  and visuals from Alan McCredie (100 Weeks of Scotland).

Isle of Bute, August 18th and 19th 2012

Thursday 11th December, The Old Tolbooth, Stirling.

8 – 10pm

Tickets £7/£5

Available: http://tolbooth.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth/whatson/december2014/theres_no_place_like

or at the Tolbooth Box Office.

With Martin MacInnes, Skye Reynolds & Skye Loneragan, Alasdair C. MhicIlleBhàin & Còmhlan | Alasdair C. Whyte & Band, Rupert Thomson, Rachel McCrum, Jenny Lindsay and with visuals from Alan McCredie (100 Weeks of Scotland).


Sunday 14th December, The Byre, Abbey St, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA.

Tickets £7/£5


Available at The Byre Box Office or by telephoning 01334 475000

With Don Paterson, Stewart Home, Joy Dunlop & band, Rupert Thomson, Jenny Lindsay, Rachel McCrum and visuals from Alan McCredie (100 Weeks of Scotland).

Commissioned work from…

Don Paterson

Don Paterson

Born in Dundee in 1963, Don Paterson left school to pursue a career in music, living in London and Brighton. His first book Nil Nil was published to acclaim in 1993, and in the same year he returned to Scotland as Writer in Residence at the University of Dundee. He was included on the list of 20 poets chosen for the Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ promotion in 1994, and in 1997 he became poetry editor at Picador Macmillan, a position he still holds. An accomplished jazz guitarist, he has worked solo and with the jazz-folk ensemble, Lammas. He currently teaches in the School of English, University of St Andrews, and continues also to work as a musician, editor and writer.

He has won many awards for his poetry, including an Eric Gregory Award in 1990; the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection for Nil Nil; the 1993 Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition for ‘A Private Bottling’; the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for God’s Gift to Women; both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award for Landing Light (he is the only poet to have won the T.S. Eliot Prize twice); and the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Poetry Collection of the Year for Rain. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association, he received an OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.


Stewart Home


Stewart Home was born in south London in 1962. After dabbling in rock music, in the early eighties he switched his attention to the art world. Starting with live art actions and collective installations, this eventually led to one man shows at galleries such as White Columns in New York (2011) and Space Studios in London (2012), and more recently a 2013 Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts. His most recent solo exhibition was The Age Of Anti-Ageing at The Function Room in London (October/November 2014). Home works across various aesthetic mediums and uses social media as well as galleries as a showcase for his process based work; much of which is an acting-out of the persona of Stewart Home. This work consists of film, blogs, graphics, status updates and much else. Simultaneously Home has authored 15 published novels, 1 collection of short stories, and 6 books of cultural commentary.  Many of these books have appeared in translation around the world, and Home was the recipient of an Arts Council of England Writers’ Award in 2001. His most recent novel, The 9 Lives of Ray The Cat Jones, was published by Test Centre (London) on 30 October 2014.


Martin MacInnes


Martin MacInnes was born in Inverness and lives in Edinburgh. At Stirling he wrote a dissertation on Virginia Woolf, winning the Edward and Thomas Lunt Prize, and at York he wrote his thesis on Eudora Welty. He worked and travelled in west Africa for two years. He has read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi. In 2014 he was published in nine print magazines including 3:AM and Edinburgh Review and won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. Martin is particularly interested in natural history, consciousness, and identity. He is the current winner of the £10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize.


Rupert Thomson


Rupert Thomson is a writer and arts worker.He writes conceptual pieces for performance, and has been presented at the Edinburgh Art Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Gallery of Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland. Works include Manifesto (2010), Singapore (2011), Edinburgh (2012), and The Labyrinth Begets the Minotaur (2014).

As a journalist he has written regularly for publications including the Scotsman, the Berlin Review of Books, and the List. He also worked for three years as Editor of The Skinny.He currently works as Artistic Director at Summerhall in Edinburgh, and as Programming Associate at The Lowry in Salford, Manchester.

Jenny Lindsay


 Jenny regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books),  as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour…She writes defiantly, eloquently and inspiringly.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis,The Scotsman).


Rachel McCrum


Rachel landed in Edinburgh in 2010, via Manchester, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland.  The Scottish Review of Books has said that she ‘moves easily and intelligently between performance and page, as she combines the linear and leisurely flow of the performer with the feel for structure and pattern of a page poet, and a complexity of thought which does credit to both’. Her first pamphlet ‘The Glassblower Dances’ won the 2013 Callum MacDonald Award from the National Library of Scotland. She was the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Greece in July 2013, and spent time in South Africa as part of the Scottish Poetry Library/British Council projectCommonwealth Poets United in the spring of 2014.

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Performances from…

Skye Loneragan & Skye Reynolds

Skye&Skye on Skye

Skye Loneragan is a writer/performer and Edinburgh Fringe First Award Winner whose recent work includes Q-Poetics (poetry in queues) with the Cutural Programme, Glasgow 2014 Comm Games, touring Plucked of Purpose -the Adventures of PB and public art projects Outside Art  (The Tramway, GlasgowLife) & Making a Map of My Mistakes. Her solo shows including The Line We Draw, Cracked, Unsex Me Here,  & My Right Thumb. Her writer/director credits include Mish Gorecki Goes Missing ( The Tron) & A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere (Arches Young Director Awards).

Skye Reynolds is a movement artist and devisor, recently a dance artist with Imaginate children’s festival she choreographed works inspired by technology and ‘gaming’. Other performance experience in UK/abroad includes: Curious Seed, Janis Claxton Dance, Wendy Houston, Derevo, Commonwealth Games 2014. She has worked in post-war zones and with those living under dictatorship and has been invited to create new work in-situ for the Palestinian Contemporary Dance Festival 2015.

Skye&Skye on Skye is a new piece in development which brings together dancer Skye Reynolds and poet Skye Loneragan to explore what on Earth is in a name, and to question our sense of self born of landscape and ‘home’.

Alasdair C. Whyte & band


Brought up on the Inner Hebridean island of Mull, Alasdair’s primary interests lie in interpreting traditional Gaelic songs from his native area and composing new Gaelic songs. He released his debut album, ‘Las’, with the Watercolour Music label in 2012 and has since recorded with the likes of Struileag/Shore to Shore, performing at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Alasdair is joined on stage by fellow Muileach Ross B. Wilson (keys; upright bass; bass guitar) and Shetlander Terry Balfour (guitars; mandola), the trio having this year performed at St Giles’ Cathedral for Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the CCA in Glasgow for Ceòl ‘s Craic among other events.

“The best debut album from a Gaelic artist in years, ‘Las’ is a beautiful, beguiling and irresistible mix of tradition and innovation. Alasdair writes with rare depth and integrity. Eloquent, impassioned and powerful, ‘Las’is a landmark recording that will appeal to fans of Runrig and Julie Fowlis while smouldering with a heartwarming intensity that’s all its own.” Kevin MacNeil (The Stornoway Way; A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde)

“…music with clarity and a rousing, impassioned delivery…” Rob Adams (Herald Scotland)


Joy Dunlop & band


Raised in the small village of Conne on the west coast of Scotland, Joy was steeped in the musical traditions of Argyll since childhood. While maintaining a deep connection to these roots, she has risen to great honours as a vocalist, with a string of awards including the Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and two consecutive nominations as Gaelic Singer of the Year. Her debut album Dùsgadh (Awakening) received high acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including being named the Scots New Music Roots Recording of the Year and winning the and the Fatea Tradition Award A seasoned and spirited live performer, Joy has toured from Europe to North America to New Zealand and performed at international festivals including Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours.


And visuals from…

100 Weeks of Scotland  (Alan McCredie)


Alan McCredie began the ‘100 weeks of Scotland’ website in October 2013, and concluded it in Autumn 2014. McCredie’s goal was to chronicle two years of Scottish life in the run-up to the independence referendum.

Alan says ‘one hundred weeks…’ is intended to show all sides of the country over the next two years. On the site, he says: “Whatever the result of the vote Scotland will be a different country afterward. These images will show a snapshot of the country in the run up to the referendum.

“The photos will be of all aspects of Scottish culture – politics, art, social issues, sport and anything else that catches the eye.”


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