Margaret Gillies Brown’s annual (and fabulous) stovie night will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at 7.30pm at East Inchmichael farm (go into Cairn o Mhor winery and follow the crowds). This is always a lovely, sociable evening. Poetry reading with the added bonus of food! Take along something short to read (although not compulsory).
Soutar Lecture 2016
Stewart Sanderson’s doctoral thesis addresses the role of translation in twentieth century Scottish poetry. As part of his research, he has spent time at the Soutar House in Wilson Street examining the many works by poets of other nationalities in Soutar’s library. On Thursday April 28th at 7.30pm, in the Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library, he will give a talk entitled William Soutar, Translation and the Modern Scottish Renaissance. The event is free and unticketed.
Short stories this year, judged by Alex Gray. Full details at: William Soutar website and reminder dates on the Diary page. Good luck!
get up in the morning
one of the great things about working night shift is that, other than in winter, you never fail to miss the dawn. that dawn might be the sun rising, it might be the mist getting burnt off above the tay. right about now it might be the sound of the swallows waking up. alternatively it could be a bunch of night shift people taking in the rays (and this on a day like today which commences very differently).
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go. theodore roethke
set your alarm. watch the sun rise. at this time of day most people aren’t awake. what does that sound like? how does the air feel? or it could be you don’t like getting up. in which case keep your notebook by your bed. write the first thing that comes into your head on waking. it doesn’t have to make sense.
and don’t forget the night just passed.
And wonder we could care
For that old faded midnight
That frightened but an hour emily dickinson
Congratulations to Soutar Writer Maurice Gartshore, who has just released his first e-book on Amazon,
Donald Leckie, an ex-DC living in Edinburgh, is being harassed by a gang boss who believes he has stolen his cocaine. He has the wrong man, but when Leckie’s daughter is kidnapped, his rage triggers a series of bloody events no-one could have foreseen.
Throw your blood-money at Amazon…
Poems this year, judged by John Glenday. Full details at: William Soutar website and reminder dates on the Diary page. Good luck!
Soutar Writer Kenneth Stephen has just released his first micro-collection of short stories on Amazon, Sheep and Other Stories.
The Kindle Price of £0.79 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet (* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT).
Haven’t got a 79p piece? Go big time, blow a £1 and sleep soundly at nights…
Short stories this year, judged by Zoë Strachan. Full details at: William Soutar website and reminder dates on the Diary page. Good luck!
Patricia Ace writes: “just to let you know that some poetry postcards (using haiku and collagraph printing techniques) that I collaborated on last year with Edinburgh artist Lindy Furby are currently on display at the Barn Gallery, Bield Retreat Centre, by Tibbermore, Perth.
The exhibition is called ‘In the Garden with Friends’ and is full of lovely photographs, paintings, jewellery, mosaics and textiles. Morgan’s wife, Tracey, is also exhibiting there. It is open until the 26th April (closed Mondays), 10 am – 5 pm, and is well worth a look.”
We’ve now selected our P3 winners which you can see on the Competition Winners page.