Scottish Writers' Centre Blog

The Scottish Writers' Centre is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, number SC040823.


The Mexican event on Thursday night will have us all talking for a while: Juana Adcock playing music & reading her work to a backdrop of sounds recorded in Mexico City, and later concluding the evening by improvising with her friends from Hummingwards on a striking collection of instruments was memorable;as were David Shook and translator Jamie McKendrick reading the poems of David Huerta (who had had to return to Mexico); Coral Bracho reading beautifully with her translator Katherine Pierpoint, not least the extract from ‘Water’, the wonderful sounds of which – language barrier or not – attracted spontaneous applause from the audience; Victor Teran – and the historic opportunity to buy the first bilingual poetry book in Zapotec and English (thank you again, David Shook); not forgetting: the battering the pinata took before finally spilling its contents.

Thank you to all involved – and to all who attended our first joint event with St Mungo’s Mirrorball. Special thanks to Jim Carruth of Mirrorball, an inimitable MC.

Details of our last two events before the summer break have now been finalised. Full details below.

The Steering Group is currently working on a series of events for the autumn – and beyond. If you would like to help with this, or think you might assist with the Writers’ Centre project, do make yourself known to us. Your Writers’ Centre needs you!


Losing the Plot?

A Fiction Writing Workshop

Thursday 27 May 2010, 7-8.30pm



CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

Admission Free

Carol McKay

A fiction-writing workshop with Carol McKay. Through practical exercises and a second look at some old familiar stories, we’ll investigate the mechanics and the relevance of plot. How do you build a gripping plot? Does a story need one? Is plot a dirty word in quality fiction?

Carol McKay’s stories have appeared in Gutter, Chapman, Mslexia magazines, and others. Her work has been anthologised by Freight, Luath and Polygon. Carol teaches Creative Writing at The Open University.


Switzerland Revisited

Thursday, 10 June 2010, 7-8.30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

Admission Free

Jeannette Hunziker

Donal McLaughlin

Since 2004, a literary exchange has existed between Scotland and Switzerland, initially between the cities of Glasgow and Berne – a project first brought to Glasgow by poet David Kinloch, Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. In the past, Donal McLaughlin, Donny O’Rourke and Rody Gorman have represented Scotland in Berne, while Pedro Lenz, Sandra Kuenzi and Simon Hari have enjoyed residencies in Glasgow. Jeannette Hunziker is one of four Swiss writers who will spend a total of five months in Glasgow from early June. Peter Kamber, Wolfgang Bortlik and Maurizio Pinarello will follow in August, September and October, respectively.

At our June event, Jeannette – a recent graduate of the Schweizerisches Literaturinstitut in Biel, famous for its Creative Writing programme – will read from her own fiction as well as helping translator Donal McLaughlin to present other Swiss writers included in New Swiss Writing, the third volume of which has just been published. Donal has translated almost 80 writers to date – Jeannette, Peter, Wolfgang and Maurizio included – for these anthologies.

Another evening marked by great variety is assured. Do come along and welcome Jeannette to Scotland as she prepares to spend two months here!

Both events 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.

For the ‘Switzerland Revisited’ event, we also have the kind support of Reto Renggli and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Edinburgh.

We return to the Club Room on Level 2 of the CCA for the above events.


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