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1–29 May 2008

Week 4

Monday 19 May
Aberdeen Arts Centre

Ron Butlin with Aberdeen Writers' Circle

Readings by the author and a book launch by Aberdeen Writers' Circle

Tuesday 20 May
Aberdeen Central Library

Poetry Scotland on the Road

Scotland's independent poetry magazine comes to Aberdeen, with Sally Evans and special guests

Tuesday 20 May

Comedy Capers Showcase II

A night of live stand-up comedy featuring a handpicked mix of the North-East's finest comedians

Wednesday 21 May
Aberdeen Arts Centre

Writing and Performing in Practice

Workshop with Sally Evans, Editor of Poetry Scotland

Wednesday 21 May
Duff House, Banff

Spirit of the Deveron

Huntly Writers launch their first anthology

Thursday 22 May
Books and Beans

Poems of Quality

Anne Ryland and Rhoda Michael, with Haworth Hodgkinson, Olivia McMahon & Judith Taylor

Thursday 22 May
St Katherine's Club, Shoe Lane

AB24: Poems from a Postcode

Portal Creative Writers launch an exciting anthology, introducing the extraordinary writer Catherine Elmslie

Friday 23 May
Midmar Church, Midmar

Poetry and Music of All the Faiths

A meditation upon belief, doubt and disbelief

Saturday 24 May
Archaeolink, Oyne

Storytelling for Beginners

A workshop with Grampian Association of Storytellers

Saturday 24 May
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh

Hooked by Emerald Froth

An evening of poetry, images, music and dance from the Blue Salt Collective

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Poetry Scotland on the Road

Scotland's independent poetry magazine comes to Aberdeen, with Sally Evans and special guests

Tuesday 20 May 2008
6.30pm – 8pm

Aberdeen Central Library [Venue 7]

Admission Free

Poetry Scotland, published by Diehard Press and funded by "subscription, sales, and never buying a lottery ticket" is going strong at 54 issues and counting. Poet and Editor Sally Evans brings some of her regular contributors to Aberdeen for a feast of poetry and song: the lyrical, the satirical, the opinionated and the passionate, from Sally, Morelle Smith, Ian Blake and Sheena Blackhall.

Sally Evans

Sally Evans was born in London in 1942 and lives in Scotland. Her books include the collections Bewick Walks to Scotland (Arrowhead), and The Great North Road (Diehard Windfall). New work includes the sequence A Burrell Tapestry. She has translated some Gaelic poems, mainly by Christopher Whyte, and has edited the broadsheet Poetry Scotland since 1997. In 2005 she received the Poetry Kit's Ted Slade Award for service to poetry, and in 2007 she won the StAnza slam.

See groups.msn.com/desktopsallye for more.

Morelle Smith

Morelle Smith is a writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and travel articles. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies in UK, Ireland, France and Canada, and has appeared on websites and transport systems. She has also collaborated with visual artists and musicians, and two residencies in the south of France have helped her complete a poetry collection, stories, and an exhibition of words and images. Poetry collections: The Star Reaper (Grade One Press, 1980), Deepwater Terminal (Diehard 1998), The Way Words Travel (UKA Press, 2005) and The Ravens and the Lemon Tree (Diehard, 2008). Fiction: Streets of Tirana, Almost Spring (ORA Publishers, 2004) and Touching the Shell (Editions Arabesques, 2006).

See Morelle Smith on textualities.

Ian Blake

Although many of Ian Blake's poems celebrate the last of the almost-vanished West Highland way of life, they also reflect more universal themes. Two or three long poems dealing with the destruction of Dresden and the Holocaust could well be classified as "war poems" in the widest sense. He has also published short stories and a novel School Story, "the portrayal of an outwardly revered institution inwardly corrupt with misplaced loyalty, complacency and arrogance". Last year he was invited for Halloween to read The Caretaker's Tale at Muncaster, "The Most Haunted Castle in Britain", where that tale is set. He has also a long-term interest in drama and dramatic writing.

Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall is a poet, short story writer, folksinger and book illustrator who writes mainly in Scots. She has published many books and from 1998-2003 was Creative Writing Fellow in Scots at Aberdeen University's Elphinstone Institute. She has won the Hugh MacDiarmid trophy for Scots and the Robert McLellan Cup for short story writing.

Promoted by

Spring Tides Poetry Group

Supported by

Poetry Scotland
Scottish Book Trust
Aberdeen Library & Information Services
Aberdeen City Council
Station Hotel


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