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Archive for April, 2010


Music, a pinata, and tequila have been added to the line-up for the Mexican event this Thursday (29 April) at the CCA in Glasgow. The music will be provided by Juana Adcock.

Juana Adcock

Born in Mexico in 1982, Juana writes poetry and prose in English, Spanish and Spanglish – and works as a freelance translator.  In 2006, she was awarded a creative writing fellowship by the Centro de Escritores de Nuevo León. In 2009, she completed the MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.

Her work has been anthologised in (In)Fidelity (Freight Press, Glasgow, 2008), Antología Mínima del Orgasmo (Ediciones Intempestivas, Monterrey, 2009), Skräp-Poesi 2 (Poesía con C, Malmö, 2009) and published in magazines such as Gutter (Glasgow, 2009), Metrópolis (Guadalajara, 2009) and Posdata (Monterrey, 2006). She has collaborated in several music projects in Mexico and Scotland, combining music and spoken word, and has performed her work in Latin American poetry festivals in Frankfurt, Berlin, Malmö, Helsinki and Monterrey.

Please note that poet David Huerta is not now able to travel to Glasgow for this event. His poems will be read by his translators.

We look forward to seeing you at the CCA!



As performance indicators go, the percentage of the audience that accompanies you to the bar after an event is a good one. And if, when that first bar closes, a fair chunk of the group moves on to a second, you know the evening has definitely been a success.

Not only in these terms: the ‘Glasgow Voices’ event on 8 April was a great success. Click on ‘PHOTOS – Glasgow Voices’ (Column 2) to see a slideshow of some photos. And on the Link for the international literary quarterly (Column 3) to go straight to the ‘Glasgow Voices’ feature.

The Scottish Writers’ Centre joins editor Peter Robertson in hoping you enjoy the work of the 40 contributors.

We look forward to building on the success of Thursday evening with the Three Mexican Poets event on 29 April. For ease of reference, full details are reproduced below:



Thursday 29 April at 7pm


‘First come, first served’

NOT ticketed

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2010 is the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. To mark the occasion, the Scottish Writers’ Centre will team up with St Mungo’s Mirrorball (Glasgow) and the Poetry Translation Centre (London) to present a trio of Mexican poets: Coral Bracho and David Huerta (who write in Spanish) and Victor Teran (who writes in Zapotec, an indigenous and endangered Mexican language). Coral is translated by Katherine Pierpoint & Tom Boll; David by Jamie McKendrick & Tom Boll; and Victor by David Shook. Expect an evening of readings and lively discussion! And other Mexican treats!


The reading will finish by 8.30pm – but discussions can continue in the bar.

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is grateful to the CCA and to Culture & Sport Glasgow for their generous support of its work.

Remember: the event is NOT ticketed!

CCA 5, this time!

And: first come, first served!


’40 Glasgow Voices’ Event

Our next event will mark the publication, in early April, of  the special feature ’40 Glasgow Voices’ in the international literary quarterly (

Editor Peter Robertson will visit Scotland to attend the launch – a joint event with the Scottish Writers’ Centre at the CCA.

Seven of the forty writers included in the feature will read from their work. Further details on what should be a memorable evening below.


Thursday 8 April at 7pm


‘First come, first served’

Not ticketed

Peter Robertson

The following contributors will read:

Gerrie Fellows

Jane Goldman

Peter Manson

Ewan Morrison

Sheila Puri

Alan Riach

Sue Reid Sexton

Links for all of the speakers have been included on the Interlitq BLOG ( More information on their work can be accessed there, in a Post dated 21 March.

Similarly, details of all forty contributors can be found in a Post dated 24 March.

The Link for the WEBSITE of the international literary quarterly can be found in Column 3 of this blog.


The reading will finish 9pm – but discussions can continue in the bar.

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is grateful to the CCA and to Culture & Sport Glasgow for their generous support of its work.

Remember: the event is NOT ticketed!

CCA 4, this time!

And: first come, first served!


(Photo of Peter Manson, courtesy of Tom Raworth)