Upcoming Events

SWC members are entitled to FREE admission for all events, masterclasses, and workshops.




Ten Feet Tall: Celebrating 10 Years of Contributions to Arts & Culture

Tuesday, 27 March 2018: Club Room at 7.00pm

VENUE: CCA: 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

New Writing Showcase

It takes passion, talent, and craftsmanship to create art with words as a medium, and Glasgow writers and poets are brimming with all three.

Partnered with The University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing degree programmes (MFA/DFA), the New Writing Showcase hosts poets and authors sharing their exciting new works. Please join us and enjoy these brave new voices!

This event is free for all!

For more infomation: https://nwsglasgow.wordpress.com/ 
Enquiries: westend.newwritingshowcase@gmail.com

New Writers

Tuesday, 10th April 2018: Club Room at 7.00pm

VENUE: CCA: 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Short Films with Creatives with Lesley Traynor

After the success of their first event last year, Lesley Traynor of Fierce Poetry in Motion will host an evening where making a short film of your creative work will be discussed, the production process explained and how it can be shared and used. This is also an interactive evening where some audience members will have the opportunity to read a short piece of their writing to film and music so that they may experience using this medium.

If you would like to submit a piece to be read on the night, please send your work to info@scottishwriterscentre.co.uk no later than the 1st of April 2018. Come prepared to read for no more than 3 minutes. Practice reading to make sure it is within the time limit, as this will be a one shot opportunity. It can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel etc. Please ensure that it is suitable for a general audience.


Lesley Traynor’s writing has appeared in national anthologies, literary magazines and online. She is a Scottish Slam Poetry finalist, part of the group behind the anthology Women with Fierce Words, and one of the co-founders of Fierce Poetry in Motion. She writes novels under L A Traynor.

Tickets £6/3, free for members

Tuesday, April 24th 2018: Club Room at 7.00pm

VENUE: CCA: 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Spike Milligan – In His Own Words

April 16th 2018 would have been Spike Milligan’s 100th birthday. Described as ‘the nearest thing to a comic genius Britain has had’, Milligan revolutionised comedy in the mid-20th Century, firstly on radio, then television. Milligan’s influence can still be felt today. Without him, there would probably have been no Monty Python, no Reeves and Mortimer; he did for comedy what The Beatles did for pop music. Like a lot of clowns, Milligan had his dark side, with regular deep troughs of depression that were to haunt him throughout his adult life. All aspects of his life, the ups and downs, have been recorded in print – in his recordings, war memoirs and in his poetry and short stories. In an event hosted by former Scottish Writers’ Centre Director Derek Parkes, we’ll be trying to tell Milligan’s story through these writings.


Derek Parkes moved to Glasgow from London in 2003. Previously a writer of short stories (largely unpublished), Derek joined Donny O’Rourke’s creative writing class in 2010 and discovered a previously unknown penchant for poetry. He has since been ‘highly recommended’ in the Stirling off the Stanza poetry competition (2011), published in various anthologies and online, and will soon be published by Red Squirrel Press. A regular reader at poetry events around Glasgow, Derek is one of the organisers of Poetry at the Ivory on the south side of the city, and has recently ended his three year Directorship at the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

This event is free for all!

For more information regarding this event, contact info@scottishwriterscentre.co.uk.

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