Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A Private View - Dundee's Nethergate Writers at the McManus Gallery October 23rd

In their latest anthology, A Private View, Nethergate Writers find inspiration from exhibits in the McManus collection. The result is an entertaining, illuminating and sometimes suprising read.
There’s a chance to meet the writers at a book signing in Waterstone's, Dundee, on October 15th or you can enjoy a tour of some of the exhibits featured in the book and listen to the writers read from their work at the McManus on Sunday 23rd October, 2pm to 4pm. (The venue is the Creative Learning Studio, first floor. This is a free event, no need to book.)
Further readings will take place at Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie on November 20th at 2pm and at The Vine, Magdalen Yard Road, on November 28th at 7pm as part of Dundee’s WestFest.
A Private View is on sale at Waterstone's in Dundee and at the McManus from October 13th priced £7.99. For further information on the writers go to

Creative Writing workshops in Perthshire's Big Tree country this October

During October, writer Linda Cracknell will be running workshops on three Big Tree Country sites - three for adults and three for Higher English students.

Members of the public who would like to take part should send their name, contact details and the location they would prefer to Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD or email

Dates and locations:
Kinnoull Hill, Perth – Saturday 1 October;
Birks of Aberfeldy – Saturday 8 October;
MacRosty Park, Crieff – Saturday 15 October.

Risk-a-Verse Friendly Poetry Slam - St Andrews 8th October

Risk-A-Verse Friendly Slam

Harry Giles is your MC as the Risk-A-Verse Friendly Poetry Slam comes to St Andrews on Saturday October 8th. The event, hosted by Inky Fingers in conjunction with the StAnza Poetry Festival, takes place at the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews from 7.30pm.

Fourteen poets (including your humble blogger!) compete for your cheers, tears laughs and scores: judged by you, the audience! Special prizes for all types of poet, witty repartee, bad puns, and a lot more besides. A great night of poetry duelling in prospect, and all for only £3 entry (£2 concessions).

Poetry in Crieff - The Drovers' Tryst 15th October

The annual Crieff-based congregation of walkers known as the Drovers' Tryst presents an evening of words and music with a Tryst twist!....  and a fine way to relax after a week of great days on the hills.

Come along for an informal evening of stories, songs and poems with award-winning writers Patricia Ace, Maurice Gartshore, Andy Jackson and Jess Smith with local musicians Andrew Finlayson and Robin Spearing.
It all happens in the Red Squirrel Cafe, East High Street, Crieff  7.30 pm.  £5 at the door or tickets in advance from The Red Squirrel Cafe in Crieff. Bar available, and possibly Baa too! More information here.

Monday, 26 September 2011

September Hotchpotch tonight @ Braes!

The usual shenanigans on Monday, September 26 in the basement of Braes bar from 7.30pm onwards. The optional theme is "welcome"! Bring something to read on the open mic - or just come along and listen.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Writers Anonymous meeting tonight

Dundee's Writers Anonymous relaunches tonight with its first meeting for a while. Writers Anonymous is an opportunity to have your work (one poem or up to 2500 words prose) discussed in a relaxed atmosphere with fellow writers giving advice and comment. Pieces are submitted anonymously in advance, so there should be less pressure on new writers or writers new to creative writing groups.

The meeting takes place in Dundee University on Wednesday 7th September, starting at 6.30 in Room G9 of the Dundee University Tower Building. Come along and share the conversation!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

National Poetry Day 2011 - Patchwork Poem on the theme of 'Playing Games'

The theme of National Poetry Day 2011 is Games.

Following on from the success of last year’s Patchwork Poem to coincide with NPD2010, I’ve been asked to run another this year.  So, if you wish to contribute here’s what to do:-

Please send us your original poetry on the theme of Playing Games - 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 playing games – for instance, you could send a poem or a few lines concerning :-

* real or imaginary games
* games of chance, skill or love
* the rules of the game
* the players of the game
* the outcome of the game

We will then create a Patchwork Poem by taking individual lines from your contributions. The resulting Patchwork Poem will be published in a variety of places (including here) on National Poetry Day.

Please email your contribution to with the email subject ‘Patchwork Poem’.

Contributions should reach me by September 30th 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…