Upcoming Events

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

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Tuesday 26th September 2017: CCA Club Room at 7:00 pm

VENUE: CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

‘Autumn Voices’ with Larry Butler

 

Larry Butler

Autumn Voices will explore ways of being creative as we age – both creative writing and writing for well-being. This will include short readings and an interactive workshop addressing questions such as “what will help your writing to flower as you get older?”

Through his small press PlaySpace Publications: https://playspacepublications.com/ , Larry will be editing and publishing a book called Autumn Voices in 2018 written by Robin Lloyd Jones, and based on interviews of 20 Scottish Writers over 70, including Jim Kelman, Diana Hendry, Alistair Gray, Sheila Templeton and many more. To find out more: http://autumnvoices.co.uk/

Larry Butler was born in the USA. He has been living in Glasgow since 1981 and currently teaches tai-chi in healthcare settings and leads expressive writing groups at the Maggie Cancer Care Centre; publications include Butterfly Bones (Two Ravens), and Han Shan Everywhere (Survivors’ Press). Larry edits pamphlets for PlaySpace Publications and recently became a grandpa and a knitter (plain & purl).

Tickets: £6/(£3) Concessions, Free for SWC Members

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Tuesday 10th October 2017: CCA Club Room at 7:00 pm

VENUE: CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

nEW wRITINGS sHOWCASE

with the University of Glasgow

 

New Writers

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 wRITINGS sHOWCASE hosts poets and authors sharing their exciting new works. Please join us and enjoy these brave new voices! For more information: https://nwsglasgow.wordpress.com/

This a FREE Event for all

The SWC is a registered Charity, SCO40823. We welcome donations to help us bring future events to you.

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Tuesday 24th October 2017: CCA Club Room at 7:00 pm

VENUE: CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

How to Get Published?

Vintage inscription made by old typewriter

Calling all writers. Are you ready to get published! The Scottish Writers’ Centre in Partnership with Red Squirrel Press are hosting a publishing panel of literary experts in response to writers who want to publish a book or learn about how to make it into print. The panel, a group of literary experts will answer questions and provide a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the publishing sector.

All writers at some point in their lives ask themselves the question, “how do I get my work published?” The Scottish Writers’ Centre are giving you the chance to get answers to this question from a group of industry professionals. The panel will be able to answer your questions not only from a professional stand point, but also as writers themselves. Hosted by SWC Director, Andrew Smith, our panel includes Sheila Wakefield (poet, editor, and publisher), Colin Will (poet and publisher), Gerry Cambridge (poet, essayist, typesetter and editor), Sheila Templeton, (poet).

In connection to this event, the Scottish Writers’ Centre and Red Squirrel Press will also be giving you the chance to get your work published! More details will be released through our website: www.scottishwriterscentre.org.uk

Red Squirrel Press is an independent publisher based in Northumberland. Founded in April 2006 by Editor, Sheila Wakefield and have published over 130 titles to date, with many more in production. Red Squirrel Press publish poetry (full collections and pamphlets) and crime fiction. For more information: http://www.redsquirrelpress.com

Tickets £6/£3 (Concessions Students and Unwaged)

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Tuesday 2nd November 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm

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

Dias De Los Muertos

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Dias De Los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico for people to honour the deceased with lively celebrations and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dias De Los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience.  Families celebrate the lives of their loved ones by taking fruit, nuts, tequila, sugar skulls and garlands of flowers to the graveyard to entice the spirits out.

Peace charity, Dove Tales in partnership with the Scottish Writers’ Centre will honour those who have died in war, whether in current conflicts such as the terrible war in the Yemen, or in the historical ones fought by our fathers and grandfathers.

Our aim is to support and promote Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief,  to encourage more open and supportive attitudes to death, dying and bereavement during death awareness week, Scotland.  Instead of food and drink, we will be enticing the spirits out with poems, stories, and music ‘To Absent Friends,’ as a celebration to honour the lives of those no longer with us, and the courage of the living, particularly the brave writers who speak out against corrupt regimes.

 

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Liz Niven is one of Scotland’s most prolific poets in both Scots and English. She has held writing fellowships all over Scotland and collaborated with artists, photographers, sculptors – and even a water diviner. Liz is one of the few poets to be the subject of a television documentary – her residency at Inverness Airport was recorded in Poet on a Plane. 

The event will be followed by an open mic.  If you would like to read please submit your work to:  info@scottishwriterscentre.org.uk.

For more information on Dove Tales, founded by Jean Raffertywww.dovetalesscotland.co.uk

This is a FREE event for all

The SWC is a registered Charity, SCO40823.  We welcome donations to help us bring future events to you.

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Tuesday 7th, November 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm

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

‘Speakeasy & Open Mic’

with special guest, Lesley McGill

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Calling all writers!  Dust off those works in progress and put on your best prose for a night of literary readings, and creating. The Scottish Writers’ Centre is hosting a Speakeasy & Open Mic Night and we’re asking you to join us!

We’re rocking a medical theme with nurse and poet, Lesley McGill taking the helm, to kick the evening off with readings about her experiences as a nurse working for more than thirty years at Stobhill Hospital.  Lesley will share readings in response to the many experiences she’s had as a nurse alongside the doctors and patients she has worked with throughout her time at Stobhill Hospital. Lesley incorporates within her work themes and anecdotes that address medicine, remedies, health, sickness, and disability.

Whether you’re a new, emerging or seasoned writer, there’s something for everyone. The theme is open to interpretation and we are asking you to share your stories, poems and songs about your experience as a patient, practitioner, carer or family member. Please join us by submitting something to read, perform, or slam and share you’re writing about any medical experiences in your life.  We are asking for submissions in any genre!

It’s going to be an evening to remember!  Join us for a taste of Scotland’s new and emerging writers and the best of new literature in action.  We’re currently seeking submissions from writers to read their work.  Submissions will be accepted at info@scottishwriterscentre.org.uk with ‘Medical’ as a subject line.  An SWC member of staff will contact you to set up your time slot.

This a FREE event for all

The SWC is a registered Charity, SCO40823.  We welcome donations to help us bring future events to you.

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Tuesday 21, November 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm

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

International Event

Poetry House – Adapting Poetic Text for the Big Screen

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In partnership with the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation and GoodDog theatre company the Scottish Writers’ Center is hosting an international event presenting two contemporary and dynamic short films inspired by Europe’s greatest poets, based on original writing, film-making and theatre performance.  The screenings will be accompanied by short talks exploring the pleasures and challenges of adapting poetry and theatre texts for cinema.

Poetry House is a 40-minute film presenting 7 short dramatic scenes revolving around the lives of seven European poets and their relationships with the places where they lived.  Characters include the Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, the Icelandic poet, Halldór Laxness, and the French poets, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.  Originally commissioned as a theatre show by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation and performed by actors from the GoodDog theatre company, Poetry House was adapted by Robin Boreham for cinema and shot by film makers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the Tron theatre in Glasgow, in May 2017, and features an original score by Glasgow-based violinist Kate Young.

The Last Song of Lucan is a 15-minute short film based on Charles Baudelaire’s collection of prose poems Le Spleen de Paris.  An afflicted artist seeks redemption within the contradictions of modern urban life.  Shot in forgotten pockets of Paris and London, making sets from abandoned warehouses and empty squares, the film is a surreal piece – at once literary, cinematic and theatrical.  This piece was commissioned by, and features, actors from the GoodDog theatre company in November 2015 and also features an original score by percussionist Jamie Misselbrook. It includes short talks and will be followed by a Q&A session from the directors, focussed on the practice of writing and adapting for the screen.

Olivia Rose is a physical theatre performer and theatre-maker living in London.  Alongside Ryan Kiggell she adapted, directed and edited, The Last Songs of Lucan, as well as being performance director for Poetry House.  Olivia is Co-Artistic Director of GoodDog theatre company.

Robin Boreham is a director and screenwriter currently studying film production at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  She adapted the original theatrical script and directed the filming of Poetry House in Glasgow.  Robin has a background in writing for short film and finished her original script this year. Hosted by the Scottish Writers’ Centre in Partnership with the Rimbuad Verlaine Foundation:  www.rimbaudverlaine.org and GoodDog theatre company: http://www.gooddogtheatre.com/.

 Admission £6/£3 (Concession).  FREE to SWC Members

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Tuesday 5, December 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm

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

‘The Dark Side of Reality’ with Jean Rafferty

“The true artist is interested in the art object as an art process, the thing in being, the being of the thing, the struggle, the excitement, the energy, that have found expression in a particular way. The true artist is after the problem. The false artist wants it solved (by somebody else.)”                                                                    

Jeanette Winterson

Jean Rafferty 1Jean Rafferty‘s first two works of fiction were both nominated for literary prizes. Myra, Beyond Saddleworth, a fiction based around Myra Hindley, was shortlisted for the inaugural Gordon Burn award, while The Four Marys, her collection of four novellas, was longlisted in the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered awards.

Rafferty’s previous incarnation as an award-winning journalist led her into uncomfortable territory – prostitution, suicide, and torture were just a few of her subjects. She has been at the end of the world with a cult in Ukraine and at what felt like it in Goma, when a million refugees from the Rwandan genocide of 1993 ended up in camps there.

Her fiction continues to explore the dark side of reality – The Four Marys features shape-shifting, baby-snatching, infanticide and a hanging, while the choice of Myra Hindley as a topic for fiction brought opprobrium down on her.

This type of subject matter poses particular problems for the writer. Does a sensational subject require sensational treatment? Just because a thing is real does it feel true in a work of fiction?  Through readings from her work and discussion, Rafferty will explore the process of using real life in fiction. For more information: www.jeanrafferty.com

Admission £6/£3 (Concession).  FREE to SWC Members

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Tuesday 19, December 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm

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

‘Have Yourself A Literary Christmas’

with Guest Writer, Jim Ferguson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  And, at the SWC we’re getting ready to rock around the Christmas tree with readings from our Members. The spotlight is on guest writer, Jim Ferguson.  Please join us and bring along something to read, perform, or slam and share the season’s festivities.  We’re going to make it an evening to remember!!!

Dust of those works in progress and put on your best prose for a night of literary readings, and creating – perhaps even utilising audience contributions. Join us for an evening of shared writing experiences with Glasgow writer, Jim Ferguson in a Speakeasy-style open mic night!

Jim Ferguson 3Jim Ferguson is a poet and prose-writer based in Glasgow. Publications include the novel ‘Punk Fiddle’, poetry pamphlets ‘My Bonnie Scotland’ and ‘Songs to Drown a Million Souls’: and diary-style musings on the Scottish independence referendum campaign of 2014 entitled ‘The Pine-Box-Jig Involves no Dancing’. A review in ‘Northwords’ of his poetry cd ‘More than Quirky’ states: ‘Ferguson’s strong Glaswegian accent is striking and his voice is forcefully expressive, most particularly when reading words and phrases from the Glaswegian dialect… In all poems there is a conviction in the reading, at times both poignant and haunting.’ He works as a Creative Writing Tutor at Glasgow Kelvin College (Easterhouse Campus). Jim recently launched his latest publication, For Eva: Selected Poems 1990 -2016 (2017)  For more information on Jim:  www.jimfergusonpoet.co.uk.

Calling all writers, join us for a taste of Scotland’s new and emerging writers and the best of new literature in action.  We’re currently seeking submissions from writers to read their work.  Submissions will be accepted at info@scottishwriterscentre.org.uk with ‘Christmas’ as a subject line.  An SWC member of staff will contact you to set up your time slot.

This is a Free Event for All

The SWC is a registered Charity, SCO40823.  We welcome donations to help us bring future events to you.

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