Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Poetry reading & Open Mic in Perth - Friday 26th November

You are invited to a poetry evening which takes place on Friday 26th November as part of Perth's Lightnight 2010 celebrations. The reading will run from 7pm - 9pm (finished in time for the fireworks display at 9.30!), with four readers followed by an Open Mic, so bring a poem to read, or a favourite poem.

The reading will take place at the Button Hill Tea Room, 10 Charlotte Street, Perth, and entry is free!

Reading at this event will be:

Patricia Ace - born in Cleethorpes and based in Crieff, Patricia was a
prize-winner in the 2008 MsLexia Poetry Competition and her pamphlet
collection, First Blood, was published by Happenstance Press in 2006

Andy Jackson - from Lancashire via North-East Fife, Andy's first collection,
The Assassination Museum, was published in 2010 to great acclaim

Kona Macphee - Australian-born and now based in Crieff, Kona is the author
of two Bloodaxe collections (Tails, 2004 and this year's Perfect Blue) and
is also a composer and a blogger

Judith Taylor - based in Aberdeen but originally from Coupar Angus, Judith
appeared at StAnza  in 2009 and her second pamphlet collection, Local
Colour, was published by Calder Wood Press in 2010

Please come along and support this event - great poetry and a great night out is guaranteed!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Writers Anonymous meeting at Dundee University tonight

There will be a meeting of Dundee's Writers Anonymous group at Dundee University tonight at 6.30pm. The meeting will be held in Room 1.37 of the Baxter Suite in the Tower Building (signposts will direct you to the room).

Writers Anonymous works by email submission to the group co-ordinators in advance. At each meeting, participants offer their thoughts and constructive criticisms on each piece of work submitted, with the authors of each piece free to remain anonymous if they prefer. It's too late to submit for this week's meeting, but please send your submissions to thewritersanonymous@gmail.com if you wish to have a piece or pieces considered for the next meeting, which will take place next month. Pieces should be no more than 2500 words of prose or 3 poems.

Writers Anonymous is a lively and mixed group, and encourages attendance from writers at every stage in their development. Why not come along tonight and try it out?

And you thought THIS was the only creative writing site with a lightship as its motif!

Lightship Publishing is an independent publisher based in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK. It aims to illuminate exciting literary talents and publish the best new writing in English from around the world.  Big names associated with them include Sir Andrew Motion, Jackie Kay and Hilary Mantel. They currently have a number of competitions open, with handsome prizes :- 
  • for the first chapter of a novel
  • for short stories
  • for poetry
  • for flash fiction

Certainly worth checking out! Click here for details...

Monday, 8 November 2010

Dawn Wood reads poetry at the Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival, which runs until November 14th, hosts an evening entitled Reclaim on Wednesday 10th November at the Dundee Science Centre (Sensation) from 7pm-10pm. The evening will bring together science, art and creative writing, and will feature a reading from Aldeburgh-nominated poet Dawn Wood.

Dawn is a microbiologist at Abertay University in Dundee, but is also a hugely accomplished writer and artist, with her book 'Quarry' (Templar Press) earning rave reviews on publication in 2009.

The event open to over-18s and is free, with refreshments provided and an opportunity to socialise as you wander round the award-winning 'Sensation' exhibitions. Dawn is a wonderful reader too, so don't miss this event.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Dundee's V&A Museum design - a poetic response from W N Herbert

WE are proud to publish an exclusive - a new poem from Dundee's W N Herbert in response to the news of the winning design for Dundee's proposed Victoria & Albert Museum - thanks to Bill for allowing us to use this!

The Silvery Bridie

Twas in the year of 2011,
a date McGonagall will be eagerly marking in Heaven
(or, if he isn't there then in some nearby place
they put dead people when Peter can't quite remember your face,
where he’ll be seeking whatever passes for parole
that he might walk amang us and read verses from a scroll),
that in that blazing core of Kulchur known only as 'Dundee'
famed far and wide baith above and below the sea
as the hame of discerning columnists and delicious conserves...
and also some ither thing that is currently evading me,
a Japanese architectural firm called Kengo Kuma
expended quantities of building nous and not a little pneuma
to design a Silvery Bridie to hing ootowre the Tay
and delight the porpoises and sparlings upon a summer day
(at least those who do not read The Courier, who might know to swim away),
and impersonate an aircraft carrier, though one that has no planes
though as neither of our new ones do, the result is much the same
as the Dowager Empress’s great ship of marble, erected in Beihai Park
instead of paying for the Chinese navy, and all that offensive capability lark,
and all at the request of the Victoria and Albert Museum
though our Empress and Prince Regent are never there, should you call to see them –
a situation McGonagall’s bright shade knows anely too well
for they turned him awa from Balmoral as though he wis a bad smell;
not that the V and A are offering to pit their paw in pooch
and pay up for the biggin, sae we’ll aa be on the mooch –
perhaps it shall not happen, which may be just as well,
though surely then McGonagall will do bad deals in Hell
and sell the city’s soul so that he be resurrected
and skelp the city’s arse should this not be erected;
but may badness of all varieties flee far from our prospective Gallery
and may it lure an Englishman hence with sniffs of a respectable salary
to make up for the lines of Casuals from Whitfield and Fintry
who’ll suggest he take his building and insert it in another kintry,
though I’m sure the Silvery Bridie will delight many a Dundonian
such as does not take a drink and sings to their harmonium
the civic psalms beloved by sic as love their municipality
for its bandstands and shrubberies and sic-like banalities
for here is where the couthy meets the anime, the wifie meets the geek
and where those aliens the cultured will meet for coffee in mid-week,
where our robo-zombie bardie hears a dictum he must stick to
as the Reverend Gilfillan cries, ‘McGort! Klaatu barada nikto!’

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Dundee poet Cathy Whitfield launches 'Dark Side Of The Moon'

Dundee poet Cathy Whitfield will launch her debut collection 'Dark Side Of The Moon' on Tuesday 16th November in the Baxter Room 1.36 at Dundee University. The event will start at 7.45pm with a drinks reception to follow. All are welcome to attend - please contact Cathy at whitfieldcathy@gmail.com if you intend to come along.

Cathy has been writing on the Dundee scene for many years, and it's great to see her finally with a full collection at last. In 'Dark Side Of The Moon' she covers topics as diverse as a Ben Macdui ghost, Pictish ancestors, a Dundee weathervane and the inheritance pattern of comb shape in chickens.

Dark Side Of The Moon will be published by WomenWords Books, priced £5.99. Please contact Cathy if you can't make the launch but would like a copy.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Dundee Open Mic night at Drouthy Neebors - October 31st

Owen Pilgrim is putting together a night of spoken word at Drouthy Neebors in Dundee on October 31st from 9.30pm to midnight. If you are interested in performing - poetry, storytelling, singing (Owen promises a broad church) please contact him on 01738 730235 or via email at storypilgrim@hotmail.com.

Spirit of the Dighty - Dundee writers inspired on the Banks of the Burnie

A group of Dundee writers present 'Spirit of the Dighty' - original pieces by local writers performed along the Banks of the Burnie. There will be several 'performances' of this, as follows:-

Saturday 30 October:   3pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 31 October:   3pm - 4.30pm
Saturday 6 November:  3pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 7 November:   3pm - 4.30pm

Meet at 2.45pm in the car park at Mains Castle (Caird Park)
Tickets £5 (£3 concessions) and numbers are limited, so you are advised to 'book early to avoid disappointment'. Tickets available from Douglas Community Centre, Finmill Centre and Broughty Ferry Library - call Dighty Connect on 01382 436932 for more information.

2nd annual James Kirkup Poetry Competition

After a successful inaugural year, Red Squirrel Press host the second annual James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition. Details available from the Red Squirrel website here. Closing date is 31st December 2010, with judges Ian McMillan, Andrew McMillan and Kathleen Kenny. The first prize will be the publication of your poetry pamphlet...so get writing now!

Sing A Sang O' Soutar

As part of the Perth 800 celebrations, the city will play host to a celebration of the poems of William Soutar on November 11th at the AK Bell Library. The event promises poetry, music and song to celebrate the life of Perth's most famous poetic son, starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th November 2010 in the Soutar Theatre within Perth's central library. Tickets cost £6 including refreshments - details can be found here.

Friday, 22 October 2010

WomenWords Books present 'Sunrise over Machu Picchu'

WomenWords Books of Carnoustie havev published a new anthology of poetry from across the world entitled 'Sunrise over Machu Picchu'. It's available for the special price of £5.00 each (cover price £6.99) plus £1 postagefrom Penny Ward, the person behind WomenWords.

Contact WomenWords at WomenWords, 28 Maule St, Carnoustie, DD7 7AP or email them at womenwordspoetry@googlemail.com

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Andrew Philip at Dundee University

This is a bit last-minute, but Andrew will be reading tomorrow (20th October) at Dundee University, in the Dalhousie Building Room 2G14 from 1-2pm. Free!

Dundee Literary Festival - Poem and a Piece with Brian Johnstone

Brian Johnstone, distinguished poet, musical collaborator and former Director of the StAnza Festival, will be reading from The Book of Belongings at the Dundee Literary Festival. The reading takes place in the Bonar Hall on October 28th from 12.30 -1.30.  Tickets are available for £5 from the Literary Festival's online store here.

Other events at the Dundee Literary Festival include readings from Booker-longlisted Alan Warner, novelist James Robertson and Dr Finlay actor David Rintoul, with Norman Watson discussing the career and legacy of the singular Dundee poet William Topaz McGonagall. Details of the whole festival available here.

Tea with Maureen & Mae at Dundee Central Library

Join two of Dundee's best-known local authors Maureen Reynolds & Mae Stewart for afternoon tea at Dundee Central Library. The two writers will be discussing their work from 2.30pm on Thursday 18th November at the Steps Theatre within Dundee Central Library. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. To get one in advance call 01382 431500...

Monday, 11 October 2010

Cat And Mouse - a new play about the Perth Suffragettes (October 20th)

You are invited to a rehearsed reading of Cat And Mouse, a new play written by Perth's former Writer-in-Residence Ajay Close and performed by the Stellar Quines Theatre Company. A rehearsed reading gives a potential audience the chance to comment on the text and staging of a play, and gives a fascinating insight into the transition of a play from page to stage.

The reading will take place at the Soutar Theatre within the AK Bell Library in Perth on Wednesday 20th Ocober at 7.30pm. Entrance is free, but please be prepared to discuss and offer opinions on the play! Please contact mltodd@pkc.gov.uk if you wish to come.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Patchwork Poem for National Poetry Day 2010

Our project to produce a Patchwork Poem for National Poetry Day 2010 is now complete, and the poem is below. My thanks to all 43 respondents for submitting lines to go into the final poem - from established Scottish poets such as Sheila Templeton and Eleanor Livingstone to a group of schoolchildren from Aberdeenshire and attendees at an Adult Learning Centre on the West Coast. We also had submissions from south of the border and as far away as Germany, which proves that the written word cannot be constrained by boundaries.

The poem takes one line from each sunbmission to form the overall poem, which hopefully moulds independent lines into a coherent finished product. It was certainly a challenge, but ultimately an enjoyable one.

The poem is also available as an attractive download, including colour images of 'natural tartan' provided by Terri Turner, a photographer from Perth (the Western Australian Perth rather than the Scottish one) and sourced through Flickr. Our thanks to Terri for the free use of these images. The poem can be downloaded as a 2-page A4 version here or as a poster-sized A3 copy here.

Now, the poem itself....

I Sing Of Bricks

Sometimes, when a person asks my place of birth,
I'm looking at my watch, planning my exit
with every beat in my step,
just waiting for the right time,
until eventually it's now, and here I am again,
where love lies, where I feel safe,
a building where I explore within myself,
created out of homelessness.
A place to go when I need to rest my head,
where my dreams float,
my happiness blows like an ember,
my door at the twist of its key falls open.

Tonight the wind gnaws and stabs with icy daggers,
grinding us the same relentless grey.
The wardrobe yawns shut, the blinds droop heavy lids.
You're behind me in the room, busy with music,
a masterpiece waiting to be born,
the melody in a score. You linger in backgrounds,
happy, mostly; open, always,
your voice merry at the necessity of sheltering.

Sometimes, in the corner of my eye, I see it, still,
a cupboard under the stairs and one locked drawer,
an alchemy of yellowed photographs, family in a freckled time-lapse,
the room that came alive when a coal fire was lit,
a glowing oil lamp, a warming hearth, a spacious kitchen,
a spoon that pirouettes gracefully across a non-stick dance floor.
Bath, bubbles, books and a glass of wine,
the night our skins finally touched
where hats were laid on grandma's feather mattress,
my love's hands, cool as wood.
A snapshot of paradise,
the tree of life, embroidered by me,
a discovery, whose beauty is ingrained forever
and, through its grace, I am welcomed home.

My thoughts now shape what once shaped me,
fingers pointing to the coming, the going,
the all-embracing hug of it, the lights-down-low relax of it,
such beauty by day and peace by night.
It remains as elusive as a falling star,
defiant as weeds between the paving.
Here I've bidden aa these years.
I will never be here bodily again.
The van? Packed. The house? Empty,
but if you return you've never left.


Helen Addy
Lauren Boyle
India Bruckner
Hazel Buchan Cameron
June Cadden
Mark Carlisle
Di Chorley
Jen Cosgrove
Amy Devlin
Irene Ewen
Robinette Featherstone
Pascale Free
Anne Gerono
Eddie Gibbons
Sally Hood
Alissa Jones Nelson
Helen Lawrenson
Pippa Little
Eleanor Livingstone
Anastasia Lumsden
Anne Mackley
Roderick Manson
Lyn Moir
Wendy Jane Muzlanova
Lucy Neil
Stella Pierides
Ann Prescott
Heather Reid
Lydia Robb
Martin Rowbottom
Anna Ruddiman
Kirsteen Scott
Elizabeth F Sinclair
Elizabeth Taylor
Judith Taylor
Michael Taylor
Sheila Templeton
Fiona Thackeray
Jacqueline Thompson
Anji Topping
Deborah Trayhurn
Christie Williamson
Erik Zoha

Poem collated by Andy Jackson

Images reproduced by kind permission of  Terri Turner

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Fife Book Festival 2010

This takes place in the Rothes Halls Glenrothes from 10am-4pm this Saturday, 9th October. Poetry, prose, novels and non-fiction all represented, with readings from the likes of Rob MacKenzie, Ross Wilson, Ian Nimmo White, Andrew Ferguson, Maureen Sangster and others. And it's free!

Brilliant Poetry Night this Friday

Another reminder - this time for the poetry evening hosted by Brilliant Poetry at the Links Hotel in Montrose this Friday, 8th October from 8pm - headlining is Tim Turnbull, with support from a Calder Wood trio of Juliet Wilson, Anna Dickie and Morgan Downie. Entrance £5 at the door, tickets £4 in advance...

Soutar Writers Open Mic night

Hello all - quick reminder of the Open Mic night at the AK Bell Library cafe in Perth on this Saturday, 9th October. Music from Kenneth Steven and spoken word entertainment of the highest quality. 7.30pm kick-off...

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Dundee Literary Salon - Jonathan Falla

The first in a new season of Literary Salons kicks off on Thursday of this week with Jonathan Falla at Braes Bar in Dundee, starting at 5pm. This event is free, but is ticketed on a first-come first-served basis, so get to Braes early!

The Dundee Literary Salons are brought to you by Literary Dundee, and this first one is a precursor to the upcoming Dundee Literary Festival which moves to Winter 2011 from its usual June slot. There will be a series of readings and events on October 27th-28th - more details to follow.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Upcoming events - Tim Turnbull in Montrose and a Perth Open Mic

Two events to let you know about...

Tim Turnbull (left),  a veritable legend of performance poetry, will be appearing at the Brilliant Poetry night at the Links Hotel in Montrose on October 8th. Details here - support from three Calder Wood Poets (Anna Dickie, Morgan Downie & Juliet Wilson) and Dundee's foremost girl group Loadsaweeminsingin. MC'ed by Rachel Fox.

Soutar Writers will be hosting an Open Mic night at the AK Bell Library in Perth hosted by MC Lachlan Renwick with musical interludes - free entry, bring something to read.

More events upcoming including the Dundee Literary Festival - Brian Johnstone, Andrew Philip to name but a few. Stay tuned, space cadets.

Monday, 20 September 2010

National Poetry Day - Please contribute to 'A Scottish Patchwork'

As some of you may know, October 7th is National Poetry Day, with the theme this year being Home. To celebrate, North Carr Light would like to construct a Patchwork Poem or Cento for Scotland on the theme of Home.

How can you contribute?

Please send us your original poetry on the theme - they can be complete poems, either already written or written specially for the Patchwork, or they can be just random lines or poetic thoughts, but should address the theme of home - for instance, you could send a poem or a few lines concerning :-

* the building you live in
* the place you came from
* the people who mean 'home' to you
* the tastes or smells of home
* journeys to or from home

We will then create a Patchwork Poem by taking individual lines from your contributions. The resulting Patchwork Poem will be published here on North Carr Light on National Poetry Day.

Please email your contribution to a.z.jackson@dundee.ac.uk with the email subject 'Patchwork Poem'.
Contributions should reach us by October 1st at the latest

Remember, we can only use a line or two from each contribution, so please keep them brief and don't send long poems. Feel free to spread the word to anyone who you feel might be interested in submitting something - even if it's just a line!

Many thanks and we wait to receive your contribution...

Monday, 6 September 2010

Kona Macphee and Lydia Robb reading at Dundee University September 15th

On Wednesday September 15th at Dundee University we will have the great pleasure of hearing from two of Scotland's most interesting and celebrated poets - Kona Macphee and Lydia Robb. Australian-born Kona has had two critically-acclaimed collections published by Bloodaxe, and Lydia is one of Dundee's favourite poetic daughters, with a fantastic collection 'Last Tango With Magritte' released a few years ago. Both excellent readers - I promise you will not be disappointed.

The reading will take place on Wednesday 15th September at 6.30pm in the Baxter Conference Suite in the Tower Building at Dundee University. Details of the location can be found here

Entrance is just £2 and all are welcome. Let me know if you intend to come by emailing a.z.jackson@dundee.ac.uk.

This is the first in a sequence of poetry/creative writing events we hope to host in Dundee entitled 'Cultural Quarter'. We hope you will support this first one as you have done with other local events over the last year. Dundee is starting to come alive as a city of literature - please support this event to help it grow!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Pushing Out The Boat launch - a reminder !

Pushing Out The Boat, the acclaimed magazine of new writing  from the north-east of Scotland, is hosting an evening of poetry, stories and song on Sunday 5th September 2010 (7pm-9pm) at the Links Hotel, Montrose.

Readers are now confirmed as:-

Poetry:  Rachel Fox, Judy Taylor, Robert Ramsay, Sheila Reid.
Fiction: Cal Wallace, Stephen Pacitti, Martin Walsh, Eleanor Fordyce

Please see the earlier post on this blog for full details!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Callander Poetry Weekend - this weekend!

One of Scotland's best-loved poetry events takes place this weekend in the Perthshire town of Callander. Hosted by Sally Evans of Diehard books and Poetry Scotland, the event runs from early evening on Friday 3rd September until late afternoon on Sunday 5th.

Among the plethora of readings, highlights are sure to include the world premiere of THE HOME SERVICE or A Twentieth Century Life, being a mother's story in poems and songs presented by Brian Johnstone and Dave Burnett. Also featured are Lancashire dialect poetry (as an exiled Lancastrian, something close to my heart), tributes to the late Edwin Morgan, and readings from the likes of Eleanor Livingstone, Kona Macphee, Colin Will, Margaret Gillies Brown, Kevin Cadwallender, Judy Taylor, Sheila Templeton, Alan Gay, Chris Powici and many more. This is a free event - please do come along if you can!

Programme details plus other information is available here.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Scots Language Centre invite you tae a pairty!

Luath Press an the Centre for the Scots Leid is richt joco tae inveet yersel an a guest til a pairty in the Pairty Pavilion [the gless-frontit marquee that neebors the main RBS lecture chaumer] at the Embra Aw-Kintra Buik Fest in Charlotte Square. The theme o the gaithering is grundit on the leids o Scotland.

Authors kything includes John Cairney, Angus Peter Campbell, Christine De Luca, Alistair Findlay, Robert Alan Jamieson, Stuart McHardy, Liz Niven, Mark Thomson and Rab Wilson. Mair parteeclars anent thair buiks is ablow.
The pairty is free but ingait tae this event is bi inveet alane. Please reply til events@luath.co.uk 0131 225 4326 wi yer name(s) bi Thursday 26 August.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Pushing Out The Boat - an evening of poetry, stories and music

Pushing Out The Boat, an acclaimed magazine of new writing  from the north-east of Scotland, is hosting an evening of poetry, stories and song on Sunday 5th September 2010 (7pm-9pm) at the Links Hotel, Montrose.

The successful publication is now in its ninth year and several contributors to the current edition will be presenting their work at this event. Music will be provided by local musician Gary Anderson. Tickets for the event are £3.

For more details about Pushing The Boat Out click here, or for more information, contact Eleanor Fordyce on 01307 465056 or at info@pushingouttheboat.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Edinburgh Festival goings-on - Tim Turnbull, Patricia Ace, Morgan Downie and (ahem) me!

Some local writers and poets are appearing at the Edinburgh Festival - if you're down there then please check them out.

Tim Turnbull will be appearing in his one-man spoken word event at the Banshee Labyrinth from the 18th-28th August, starting at 8.40pm each day. Details here

Crieff-based poet Patricia Ace is appearing in a Loose Tongues performance on Friday 27th August at the Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, between 4-5 pm. Patricia is reading with Stephanie Green, Jane McKie and Mandy Haggith.

Perth-based poet Morgan Downie will be reading a selection of his work at various venues
August 13th and August 19th at the Captain's Bar, South College St (7.30pm start)
August 16th at St John's Church, Princes St (2pm start)
August 21st 'al fresco' at Craig's Close - this involves what Morgan describes as a 'weaving installation' which must be a first for poetry!
August 22nd at the Banshee Labyrinth cinema on Niddry St (4.45pm start)

I will be joining Morgan for a reading at the Captain's Bar on Friday August 13th. Good job I'm not superstitious!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Upcoming events in the Dundee & Fife area

Hello all - three events to fill you in on :- 

Six Aberdeen poets including the marvellous Judy Taylor will read at the Pittenweem Arts Festival on 12th August at 7pm. Tickets £8, details available here.

Margaret Drabble will talk about her latest edition of 'A Writer’s Britain' at St Andrews Town Hall, Friday 20th August at 7pm. Tickets required - details here.

Karen Campbell, crime writer, will read from her books and talk about her writing at Broughty Ferry Library on 26th August from 7pm. Free event, but tickets required. Again, details available here.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

New edition of Northwords Now out!

Northwords Now is the free poetry and prose magazine (in newspaper form) for the north of Scotland. It comes out 3-4 times per year under the new editorship of Chris Powici and contains short stories, poems (some in Gaelic or in dialect) and reviews by some of the best-known names in Scotland - Diana Hendry, Ken Steven, Donald S Murray, Gerry Cambridge and others in this issue alone.

It's available for free right across the Highlands and Islands in a wealth of places, but locally you can pick up a copy at the following places:-

Aberfeldy : Watermill Gallery
Callander : Diehard Bookshop
Dundee : Dundee Contemporary Arts
St Andrews : The Byre Theatre
plus a variety of locations in Edinburgh & Glasgow

Alternatively, you can receive a copy in the post or view it online.

The best free creative writing read in the country - pick yours up now!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Asham Award - short story competition for women writers

This looks an interesting opportunity for short-story writers - a national competition for the Asham Award. Judges are Lennie Goodings, Sarah Waters and Polly Samson. Closes 30th September, 4000 words max on the theme of a ghost story, with an encouragement to 'go gothic'! Best of luck if you decide to enter - I'll post up similar competition details as and when they come to me, if people are interested?

Monday, 26 July 2010

Writers Anonymous meeting 29th July

There will be a meeting of Dundee's new Writers Anonymous group at Dundee University on Thursday 29th July at 6.30pm. The meeting will be held in the Tower Building (signposts will direct you to the room).

Writers Anonymous works by email submission to the group co-ordinators in advance. At each meeting, participants offer their thoughts and constructive criticisms on each piece of work submitted, with the authors of each piece free to remain anonymous if they prefer. It's too late to submit for this week's meeting, but please send your submissions to thewritersanonymous@gmail.com if you wish to have a piece or pieces considered for the next meeting, which will take place in August. Pieces should be no more than 2500 words of prose or 3 poems.

Writers Anonymous is a lively and mixed group, and encourages attendance from writers at every stage in their development. Why not come along this Thursday and try it out?

Reminder - Dundee's 'Hotchpotch' tonight!

Hotchpotch #4 is tonight! Relaxed Open Mic night in Dundee featuring poetry, prose (and anything else). Drop into the basement of Braes in Dundee (Perth Road, opposite the University Tower) from 7.30pm. 

If you'd like to read, email hotchpotch.dundee@gmail.com NOW to get a slot.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Whodunwhat? New anthology launch event 3rd August

Nethergate Writers have recently published Whodunwhat, an anthology of poetry and prose from the members of Esther Read's Dundee-based creative writing group. The anthology will be launched at the Cafe Bar of Dundee Rep Theatre at 6.30pm on Tuesday August 3rd. Everybody is welcome to attend, and the Rep are offering a 20% discount if you have something to eat in their restaurant either before or after the launch event.

Contributors will be reading from the anthology, and you'll naturally be able to purchase a copy. Further copies are available around the city - I saw some in the DCA but doubtless they can be found further afield. Visit the website of the Nethergate Writers for more information.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Hotchpotch #4 in Dundee - Monday 26th July

Hotchpotch is a free and easy Open Mic in Dundee for writers of poetry, prose (and anything else). Everyone is welcome...

The next Hotchpotch event takes place in the basement of Braes in Dundee (Perth Road, opposite the University Tower). Please come and join them on Monday July 26 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm to hear local writers read from their work – and take part in the open mic session if you feel like it! 

If you want to be scheduled in to read, please send an email to hotchpotch.dundee@gmail.com to get your name on the list.We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Welcome to a new blog!

This blog aims to gather together information about what's happening in creative writing in the Dundee, Perth & Angus area. If you or your group are hosting events or working on projects centred on creative writing, please let me know and I'll post information about it here! Similarly, if you wish to publicise your book, pamphlet or website, we'd be delighted to spread the word.