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?

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  • for the first chapter of a novel
  • for short stories
  • for poetry
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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.