Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New Writing Dundee 6 launches this Saturday!

Come along for an evening of music, food, readings and two book launches at the University of Dundee's Dalhousie Building on Saturday 29th October from 7.30pm till late

New Writing Dundee 6 will be launched with readings from some of the contributors.  New Writing Dundee is an international poetry and short fiction anthology supported by Literary Dundee and the University of Dundee.

In addition, The Parlour Cafe Cookbook will also be launched at the same event. There will be food, of course, and wine, and music from Panda Su and the AutoDisco DJ's, so please come along and help celebrate this joint launch in style.

Poetry at Dundee Literary Festival this week

Some great poetry in prospect at this year's Literary Festival at Dundee University :-

Thursday 27th October sees Eddie Gibbons at the Bonar Hall from 12noon for 'Poem and a Piece'. Eddie's Scouse wit is by turns funny and touching. A genuinely human voice and a great poet (tickets £5)

Friday 28th October brings us Dawn Wood, again at the Bonar Hall at 10am. Dawn is a scientist and a painter, and her background in both makes for fascinating and powerful poetry. (Tickets £3)

Later on Friday, Stewart Conn, inaugural Poetry Makar of Edinburgh, reads in the midday 'Poem and a Piece' slot, bringing you his unique blend of people, places and stories in poetic form (Tickets £5)

Saturday 29th sees Chris Powici, editor of the north's only free poetry magazine Northwords Now, providing more 'Poems and a Piece' on a variety of natural and human subjects (Tickets £5)

Add to this Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid, Meaghan Delahunt and many more, plus the Dundee Comics Day on Sunday and you have a packed festival!

Tickets available for all events here

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cabinet, a new spoken word night in Dundee THIS FRIDAY October 14th

This Friday (October 14th) sees the launch of Cabinet, Dundee's new spoken word evening at the Burgh Coffeehouse, 25 Castle Street, Dundee from 7pm-10pm.

Verbatim is Cabinet's launch event - an evening of original works from authors and performers based in and around Dundee. Prepare to be entertained; enthralled, inspired, titillated. Come along and support local artists, and become involved in a collective of emerging talent. Cabinet assures you that you will enjoy yourself!

The event is entirely FREE, and couldn't happen without the kind assistance of the Burgh Coffeehouse.

Come along early, stay all night, arrive late, but DO come along and say hello! More information here.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

National Poetry Day 2011 - Patchwork Poem published

The contributions are in, the poem is assembled - and here it is! Thanks to all who contributed...a colourful pdf version can be downloaded here


A patchwork poem for National Poetry Day 2011

I had such high hopes for you.
We were so strong on paper,
both on fire. The last time
we'd played was in the old house,
six stolen weeks, secure in your den,
me listening to your stories,
then climbing the ladder
to play a different game.

What games shall we play today,
foul play and slapstick?
Kiss chase, spin the bottle,
not fun like they used to be.
You leap and stretch in High Definition
like a striker taunting home fans.
If you look at the ball closely
you'll see it has bloodstains.

Now we are too tired
to remember the rules.
I am small again, a little girl,
alone and chartless,
separated by legal distance
stretching into infinity,
bewildered on the brink of tears,
fishing for wishes in the long loch-dream.

We get to the heart of the thing -
war games, the unbearable logic
of how it's taking part that really counts,
plenty of time to rest up later.
The game becomes lacklustre,
scrappy, no great shakes
when the moment comes,
same old same old.
We are playing for pride. 

This poem was created by taking a line from contributions by the following writers :-

Peter Alexander
Deborah Alma
Anne Berkeley
Di Chorley
Giles Conisbee
Rafael de Swarte
Ian Duhig
Maurice Gartshore
Gwen Grant
Niels Hav
Ailsa Holland
Isaac Hughes-Dennis
Janet Jenkins
Wendy Jane Muzlanova
Stella Pierides
Alison Raybould
Heather Reid
Nicola Robson
Ian Searcey
Elizabeth Taylor
Judith Taylor
Sheila Templeton
Angela Topping
Alice Walsh
Deborah Williams-Kurz
Rodney Wood
Erik Zoha

Poem collated by
Andy Jackson