Monday, 21 March 2011

Open Mic poetry & short stories in Perth Library this Saturday night March 26th

Bring your poems and (short) short stories along to the AK Bell Library Café in Perth for the ever popular Open Mic Night. Readers & Listeners welcome from 8pm till 11pm, admission free. Also featuring music from Don Nicolson. Come along and give your work a public airing!

Helena Nelson poetry workshop at Perth Writers Day March 26th

Avoiding the slush pile

Where do you want to see your poems in five years' time? Helena Nelson will introduce ways of planning a strategy, promoting your work and dramatically improving your prospects.

Maximise your chances of succcess with:
• magazines
• competitions
• publishers

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring up to five poems with them, preferably a set they might send in to a magazine.

Helena Nelson is originator and editor of the award-winning HappenStance Press, which specialises in poetry pamphlets. She is also the author of two collections of poetry, the first of which (Starlight on Water, Rialto 2003) was a Jerwood Prize winner.

The workshop takes place in the AK Bell Library's Soutar Theatre from 2.30-4.30pm. Tickets £10 (£7 concessions). Further details here


Fiona Thackeray launches her book at Perth Writers Day 26th March

Join Fiona to celebrate the launch of her first collection of short stories. The Secret's in the Folding moves between the glamorous Brazil of beachfront and Sambadrome and the backlands, parochial towns and favelas.

Fiona Thackeray lived in Brazil for several years and now runs a national charity based in Perthshire. Her stories have won several prizes, been broadcast on BBC Radio, and published in literary anthologies and magazines.

The launch takes place in the A K Bell Library's Sandeman Room, 1-2pm and it's free!

More details here

Andrew Philip poetry workshop at Perth Writers Day - Saturday 26th March

“No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader” — whether you are setting out on your journey into poetry or have already been on the road a long time, Robert Frost's statement rings true. Join Andrew Philip to explore ways of bringing that element of surprise into your writing.

Andrew Philip has published two pamphlets with HappenStance. His first full collection, The Ambulance Box (Salt, March 2009), was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh, Seamus Heaney Centre and Scottish Arts Council first book prizes. He is an experienced workshop tutor and recently taught an online course for the Poetry School.

This event takes place in the A K Bell Library in Perth, in the Sandeman Room from 10:30am - 12:30pm
Tickets £10.00 (£7.00 concession)

Further details available here

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Hotchpotch 1st Birthday event - Monday 21st March

Hotchpotch celebrates its first anniversary on March 21 in Braes basement on Perth Road, Dundee at 7.30pm – can you believe it's been going for a full year? Organiser Jen Cosgrove sends thanks to everyone who has supported the venture over the last 12 months. It would be great to see some new folk, so if you know someone who has never been before, this is your chance to bring them along.

As ever, if you’d like to read, then please feel free to get in touch with Jen at There will be a bit of a party atmosphere at Braes, with nibbles and drinks. If you feel inclined, please do bring along some food of your own to share with others. Also, anyone who has written or read material inspired by Hotchpotch (we know some of you have!) then please bring it along.

Brian Johnstone presents 'The Home Service' at the Dundee Cultural Quarter

The latest in our Dundee Cultural Quarter series of poetry events sees Brian Johnstone (poet and former director of the StAnza Poetry Festival) present 'The Home Service' in which he reads poems of postwar childhood and upbringing from his recent collection 'The Book of Belonging'. Interspersed with the poems will be popular songs reflecting the times in which the poems are set, rendered lovingly on the ukulele by Dave Burnett.

The event will take place from 6-7pm on Monday 4th April at Dundee Rep Theatre. Just £3 entry will get you an hour of marvellously atmospheric poetry and music - please do come along to what promises to be an unmissable poetry event. Details from Andy Jackson if required!