Right off the bat, please be aware that this episode does contain some strong language and adult themes.

We’re back! After a fantastic event with Gerda Stevenson in our temporary home at the Project Cafe, the SWC is back in the swing of things. We may be in a transitional stage, but your old friend, the Scottish Writers’ Centre Podcast will always be here for you!

This episode marks the return of former Chair of the SWC, Douglas Thompson! Douglas is the author of many novels, but for his 2018 releases he’s been concentrating on poetry: ‘The Fallen West’ unites his poetry with his surrealist short stories, while ‘At the Witch Stones’ is his first poetry collection, a sequence of sixty-two love poems published by Diehard Books, which is helmed by our last podcast guest, Sally Evans!

In this talk, Douglas takes you on a whirlwind tour of the poetry and philosophy that have influenced his interpretation of what love is. He then follows this with readings from his own poetic attempts to define the elusive and enduring mystery of human love. Enjoy!

 

Thank you Douglas, for being one of our most memorable guests to date! You can find more of his writing, as well as his fantastic artwork, on his website or by following him on Twitter.

Douglas was our first ever guest on Writer’s Reel, which you can find on the SWC website, along with the event blog by Kate Jackson.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

 

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We have some exciting news about our confirmed events for the rest of the summer, we’ve really missed you and we can’t wait to see you again, face to face!

We have found our summer holiday home, and it’s not too far away either: our next few events will be at The Project Café, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow!
You can find out the details in this episode or have a look at our events page on Facebook.

For this week’s podcast, we take you back to an event we held last August. Sally Evans came to the Scottish Writers’ Centre to discuss her latest poetry collection, A Burrell Tapestry and a Marion Burrell Sampler, which takes a look at the lives of Glasgow’s Burrell family.

You will hear Sally consider how research affects poetry’s creation; how a real story can be brought to life by poetic imagination and lots more. And if that wasn’t enough, writer AC Clarke joins Sally and performs some readings too! Enjoy!

 

Thank you to Sally Evans and AC Clarke. You’ll be hearing more from both writers in future episodes!

The blog about this event, written by Maeve O’Brien, is on the SWC website along with an interview with Sally. She was featured in our first series of Writers’ Reel too!

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Unfortunately, since our last episode the CCA is still closed following the devastating fire at Glasgow School of Art, and last week’s event was cancelled.

Please bear with us as we attempt to find a new home for our upcoming events! If you have any suggestions for venues please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@scottishwriterscentre.co.uk.

In the meantime, your old friend the Scottish Writers’ Centre Podcast is still here for you! This episode features a particularly moving speakeasy which focused on medical experiences of all kinds. We invited patients, practitioners, carers, and family members to read their work, with heartfelt results!

Performers include:
Derek Parkes
Tony Beekman
Edward Rogers
LA Traynor
Ann MacKinnon
Archie Life
George Gibson
Francesca & Steven
John Bullivant
Sally Gates
Pauline Cannon
Gail Winters
Lindsey Stuart
Jen Grey
Mary Irvine
Giovanna MacKenna
Dee
Neil Gallacher

If we’ve misspelled your name, please let us know!

 

If you especially enjoyed this medical theme, Rachel Walker has compiled a list of brilliant literary works with illness and medicine at their core.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Posted by: scottishwriters | July 9, 2018

SWC Recommends… Three Brilliant Scots Novels

Continuing our series on Scots novels that we have loved, here are three novels written by highly successful Scottish authors who are, of course, masters of the Scots tongue. Let us know in the comments if you have any other recommendations – we’d love to hear them!

How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

Whenever anyone questions what success you can possibly hope to have if you write in Scots, it’s worth citing James Kelman in your defence. How Late It Was, How Late, which is written entirely in Glaswegian dialect, won the 1994 Booker Prize- one of the few working class novels ever to do so- and despite its brilliance, in my opinion, it’s not even his best book! Kelman’s writing embodies and elucidates the souls of ordinary Glasgow people and if you haven’t read any of his novels, I recommend that you start now.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | July 2, 2018

Interview with Laura Fyfe: Wellspring Writing

A couple of weeks ago, we were very sad to cancel Laura Fyfe’s event on Wellspring writing – the event has now been rescheduled to 28th of August but, in the meantime, we have an interview with Laura to enjoy! SWC’s Literary Editor Rachel Walker talked to Laura about Wellspring writing and how it has influenced her own writing. We hope it’ll whet your appetite for August!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | June 29, 2018

Interview: Elizabeth Rimmer

As you’ll know if you’ve been attending our events for a while, Scottish Writers’ Centre has a very fruitful partnership with the brilliant Red Squirrel Press – their book launches are always some of our favourite events, and we’re looking forward to working with them on our upcoming anthology! Elizabeth Rimmer is one of their very talented editors, and Claire Kennedy spoke to her about her editing process, the joys of working for Red Squirrel Press, and how editing has influenced her own poetry. We hope you enjoy this fascinating insight into editorial work!

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You may have already seen our posts on social media, but the Scottish Writers’ Centre is working on a project this summer and we need your help!

What’s your favourite book set in Glasgow? Are there any identifiable places within it? From the Necropolis in Lanark to the City Chambers in No Dominion, let us know by tweeting us @scottishwriters!

For this episode, we have a recording of playwright, performer, and producer Andi Denny, who joined the Scottish Writers’ Centre to give his take on Scottish theatre and on embracing realistic dialogue in contemporary script writing. He also gives us some insight and reflection about that much-maligned word: “amateur.” Enjoy!

 

For more on this event, why not head over to Saskia McCracken’s interview with Andi, or her blog post about the event?

Andi is currently, working with a team of other theatremakers on a new, broader project in Glasgow that will launch at the end of the year. To stay in the know with this exciting venture, follow Andi on Twitter via @DarkFlameboy!

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk.

Come one, come all! For this episode, we bring another event featuring our anthology partners Red Squirrel Press. It’s a short story extravaganza with new story collections from Stephen Barnaby and Colin Will, plus we get to hear each writer being introduced by podcast favourite Sheila Wakefield!

At this event, Diana Hendry also read from her new collection ‘My Father is an Ant’ and Rachel Walker produced a brilliant piece on this and the event as a whole on the SWC Blog.

Enjoy the show!

 

For further updates from Red Squirrel Press, their Twitter handle is @RedSquirrelPres, or you can visit their website here.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Welcome to the first in an occasional series of writing tips, advice, and musings from a wonderful bunch of writers! As has been shown by the success in our events and blogs related to the writing process – everything from last year’s event ‘How to Get Published’ in association with Red Squirrel Press to blogs on the writer’s life – it is clear that the members, followers and readers of Scottish Writers’ Centre love reading about the act of putting words down on a page. 

In this first post, Anne M Scriven writes – in beautiful prose – about her own process of life-writing. Back in February, I loved her event on ten women who have inspired and influenced her writing – you can check out the interview and blog post here – and when thinking of writers who could render the complexities and joys of writing, I immediately thought of Anne. I hope you enjoy her insightful and thoroughly enjoyable piece, and all the writing tips and essays we have to come! – Rachel

For the past fifteen minutes I have sat at my desk, fingers poised over keyboard, framing a first sentence. I decided on the one I have just written, and you have just read, because I think I should explain the question in my mind. I’m wondering, you see, if writing can actually be taught — yes, I know it’s a prevalent query and one that surely figures in every creative writing class — but I’ve never written out any of my thoughts on it, so I need to give attention to this question if I am in hope of moving on with this piece. Should we take cognisance, for example, of the wee Kirkcudbright centipede — the brilliant creation of singer-songwriter Matt McGinn — who learned that it was tricky, if not downright dangerous, to attempt an explanation of what she did most naturally? Should we be wary of a pedantic Jenny Longlegs, with pencil and pad, taking careful note of how we dance our best words?

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Posted by: scottishwriters | June 7, 2018

Red Squirrel Press: New Poetry

Those who attended the SWC event on May 8th were in for a treat, as four vibrant poets read from their new collections all published by Red Squirrel Press. There was an eclectic mix of poetry on offer with something to suit everyone in the enthusiastic and receptive audience.

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