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 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 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 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.