Another ‘great night’ (quote!) was had at the CCA in February when – as various other groups had been doing around the world throughout January – the Scottish Writers’ Centre celebrated the poetry of William Stafford. Glasgow Americans Larry Butler and Donna Blackney were joined by three fellow Americans, also resident in Scotland: Brian Larkin, Gerry Stewart and Steve Tillie. A technical glitch meant that – despite the best efforts of CCA staff – a short film about Stafford could not be shown – but this was almost forgotten as the five poets shared their passion for Stafford’s work. The speakers were also touched by the enthusiasm shown by the audience: many had taken up the invitation to discover Stafford’s poems at http://www.williamstafford.org – and had printed out a favourite poem or two to read at the event. This format of many voices presenting the work of one writer – also used by St Mungo’s Mirrorball for the poetry of W S Graham at an event late last year – is one we hope to use again in the future.
Thanks, meanwhile, to Larry, Donna, Gerry, Brian and Steve for sharing their enthusiasm for Stafford in such an accessible and infectious manner. Thanks, also, to all those audience members who were prepared to read poems they’d only recently discovered!
Our next event is ‘The Echo Game’ – Gerrie Fellows’ Poetry Collage workshop – on Thursday, 18 March. Again: in the Club Room at the CCA (Level 2). Again: ADMISSION FREE. Again: a 7pm start, finishing by 8.30pm – with the option of continuing discussions in the bar afterwards.
Full details reproduced below for ease of reference.
Do spread the word and come along!
THE ECHO GAME
A Poetry Collage Workshop
Thursday 18 March at 7pm
CCA, Glasgow — ADMISSION FREE
This workshop, run by the poet GERRIE FELLOWS, will explore how the technique of collage can be used to incorporate a diversity of voices into a poem. Our lives are a confab of many different kinds of language: from the lists of everyday life to the jargons of technology; from the precision of medicine to the emotive word stock of place or plant names. The aim of this workshop is to find ways of playing with these sometimes conflicting languages, opening them up to the imagination.
Gerrie Fellows’ fourth collection, Window for a Small Blue Child (Carcanet), is a sequence of poems about fertility treatment in which the language and images of medical technology interact with those of the body in the natural world. Described as ‘an exciting and important book that extends the territory of poetry’, it was shortlisted for the Sundial Scottish Poetry Book of the Year. New Zealand born, but long resident in Scotland, her earlier collections The Duntroon Toponymy and The Powerlines, brought together the voices and geographies of those two countries. In 2008-9 she was the first mentor for Glasgow’s Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeships. http://www.carcanet.co.uk