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 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

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!