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Archive for September, 2010


Our 2010-2011 season of events begins on 23 September with Ian Stephen, a writer and artist based on the Isle of Lewis, presenting work which, in part, relates to Crossing Alba, the current exhibition at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow. Full details can be found below.

Over the summer. the steering group of the SWC – including new members: Irene Hossack, Ellen McAteer and Jacqueline Smith has been working on a series of events up to and including June 2011. Details of events from September to December will be published soon after the group’s next meeting.

Here, meanwhile, is what you can look forward to on 23 September:


Thursday, 23 September 2010, 7-8.30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow


Donations Welcome

Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen has been publishing poetry and short stories in many countries since 1979. His books include Malin, Hebrides, Minches (1983), Varying States of Grace (1989), Providence II (1994) and Mackerel & Creamola (2001). Adrift, his new and selected poems, with parallel text translations in Czech, was published in 2007 by Periplum, Olomouc, Czech Republic. Ian has been awarded a major SAC bursary to focus on his prose writing, and for the past two years has been exploring the relationship between spoken and written stories.  His telling of stories is included in current exhibitions in the Collins Gallery in Glasgow, and The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness.  He is completing a book which alternates a retelling of traditional stories along a sea-route with a log of contemporary voyages through their geography.

Ian will tell some stories and read extracts from his book. There will also be ample opportunity for discussion, e.g. of the relationship between spoken and written work.

The event 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, now known as Glasgow Life, for their generous support of its work.