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.