Scottish Writers' Centre Blog

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Archive for June, 2011

Summer at the SWC and plans going forward

June sees the final few events for the Scottish Writers’ Centre before the summer break. 9th June saw a wonderful performance workshop from outstanding performance poet Anita Govan, whose most recent performances have involved a new collaboration with Dr Rhythm and his Magic Box (drummer, Paul Mills) of music and multi-voiced poetry. The 16th saw the Nor’wester Showcase from the Clydebuilt Apprentices, a poetry scheme run by the currently homeless Mirrorball and Glasgow city Council. Amy Anderson, Janine McEwan, Kathrine Sowerby, Liz Bassett & Geoff Cooper have all been working under the  mentorship of SWC Chair Gerry Loose.  It was a memorable and powerful set of performances by five very different poets. Janine’s presence was vivid even though her words were necessarily spoken by another, and her comparison of her physical condition and mental aliveness with the city of Glasgow was loudly applauded. Coming up on the 23rd we have Scottish PEN  launching the new PENning for Courage magazine, and on the 30th we finish with an evening of Scottish Island poets. Our AGM on the 16th reflected on how far SWC has come in the last year, and plans for the future look very exciting – a membership launch, a series of workshops, and readings from deaf author Louise Stern (Chattering) and Hungarian author Gergely Nagy. More detail on the AGM will follow – hope to see you at another event before June is out!