Monday, 23 August 2010

Callander Poetry Weekend

The programme for the hospitable and poetically diverse festival of them all, Sally Evans' Poetry in the Garden weekend,(3rd-5th September, Callander Bookshop, Main Street) is up on her website In spite of having broken a wrist, Sally has put together something very special; if you can get to it at all, I really recommend it.

Of course it doesn't hurt that I'm reading on the Friday night, and leading a workshop on the Scottish/Irish (and Welsh) poetry connection. But there are too many other excellent poets reading all through the weekend for me to single any out. Go look!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Poetry News

Things have been quiet here lately, while my life got busy elsewhere, but they should be stepping up a bit soon.

My poem Word to Sign:Translating Swallows appeared in Poetry Scotland earlier in the summer, Granary Cottage will be in the next Gutter and two poems, The Thaw and Slate Island Landscape will be in the issue of Brittle Star which comes out in November.

Meanwhile in September, Sally Evans will be holding the Poetry in the Garden weekend from the 3rd to the 5th, and I will be leading a workshop on the poetic connections between Scotland and Ireland. It's a subject I was very excited about, and I was even more excited when I found that the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre in Northern Ireland had led the way, so I found even more interesting leads to follow up.