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Archive for January, 2011

EVENTS – Jan/Feb 2011

2011 kicked off with the first meeting of our new Writers’ Discussion Group – a session entitled ‘An Allergic Reaction to Autobiography?’ led by Donal McLaughlin. You may have spotted the preview in the Metro of 6 January. There was a good turnout, and great contributions from the writers who came along. Why not join them for the second meeting of the group on 3 February – when Nicola McCartney will lead a session on Scriptwriting? Full details below.
We are also pleased to present details of our readings in January and February. January sees us joining forces with Ambit to celebrate the 200th issue of that magazine. In February, novelist and poet Maggie Graham is joined by guitarist David Hill for a reading that will combine words with music. Again: full details below.

One other piece of info for those of you who enjoyed our William Stafford event last year. Larry Butler will be showing two short films on Stafford at the CCA on 24 January (7pm) – at an event which also includes the launch of The Poet’s Way by Manjusvara (David Keefe), with Glasgow-Americans Donna Campbell and Larry Campbell returning to read. Please see the¬† CCA website for full details.
Our next 3 events:


Thursday 20 January 2011, from 7pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3J

Club Room (Level 2)

Donations welcome

AMBIT – 200th Issue

With this event, London’s Ambit Magazine celebrates its 200th issue and 50 years of publishing controversial and cutting-edge writers, artists and poets. Readers will include editor Martin Bax, poets Helena Nelson, Jim Burns and Tony Dash, and regular contributor Douglas Thompson who will read from his critically acclaimed surrealist SF/horror novel Sylvow (Eibonvale Press).

Ambit has been something of a social document of the changing face of British Art and Literature over the decades, giving space to talents such as the late JG Ballard and Eduardo Paolozzi. The word ‘Ambit’ means ‘boundary’, and Martin Bax has stuck doggedly to the mission of promoting work that bridges or breaks boundaries, eschews prejudices and compartmentalisation of all kinds, and publishes writers new and old on the basis of quality alone rather than reputation. Come along and learn about the history of the magazine and celebrate its future.




led by Nicola McCartney

Thursday, 3 February 2011, 7-8pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Club Room (Level 2)


Donations Welcome

On this occasion, the SWC is focusing on script writing, plays and films. What are the best ways to approach a project? What are the challenges and pitfalls? What is your experience? This month’s discussion will be introduced by Nicola McCartney who was Artistic Director of the Glasgow-based new writing theatre company lookOUT from 1992 to 2002.



Thursday 17 February 2011, 7-8.30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3J

Club Room (Level 2)


Donations welcome

Maggie Graham

David Hill

Maggie Graham, a founding member of the Scottish Writers’ Centre and author of the wonderful Sitting Among The Eskimos, will read excerpts from her novel – as well as some of her poetry, accompanied by Classical and Jazz guitarist David Hill.

– With the kind support of the Scottish Book Trust.


Events will normally finish by 8.30pm Рbut 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.