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Archive for March, 2012

International Womens’ Day Poetry Book Launch 29th March

Don’t miss this excellent event with A.C. Clarke and Amy Anderson. 7pm – Clubroom, CCA, 350, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

A.C. Clarke, who lives in Glasgow, is a prize-winning poet who has had three full collections published, Breathing Each Other In (Blinking Eye Publishers, 2005) Messages of Change (Oversteps Books 2008) and most recently Fr Meslier’s Confession, inspired by the atheist priest, Jean Meslier (Oversteps Books, 2012). Her pamphlet A Natural Curiosity, inspired by Glasgow’s Museum of Anatomy, was published by New Voices Press in 2011. She will be reading from Fr Meslier’s Confession at the Dartington Ways With Words festival in July.

Amy Anderson was brought up in North Wales and has been writing since she moved to Glasgow in 2007. After being taught by Donny O’ Rourke in 2010, she gained a place on the Clydebuilt Mentoring Scheme (St Mungo’s Mirrorball and Glasgow Life) to support developing poets at the beginning of their publishing careers. Amy has been published widely in magazines and journals. Her debut pamphlet A Clever Inference of Light, to be published soon, explores the consciousness of the urban and the rural, the manmade and the natural and the shifting tones of nationality. And from the rain songs of windswept Glasgow to the music of her native Wales, she searches for the ways in which the spiritual inhabit all these dimensions.


Winners of the Scottish Writers’ Centre Writing Competition announced

Congratulations to the winners of our Open Writing Competition 2012 who received their prizes at the Scottish Writers’ Centre Showcase at Aye Write! last Saturday 17th March. A big thanks to the judges Chris Dolan (fiction) and Liz Niven (poetry) for all their hard work and effort in reaching their decisions. Thank you to those of you from all over Scotland who entered our competition, from as far a field as Shetland and Roxburgh.


1st Prize – Catherine Turnbull, Orkney, ‘The Svecia Polska’.

2nd Prize – Jane Archer, Edinburgh, ‘All That is Left’.

3rd Prize – Ian Stephen, Stornoway, ‘Migrations’


1st Prize – G.W. Colkitto, Paisley for ‘Under the Lighthouse’

2nd Prize – Angela Blacklock-Brown, Edinburgh for ‘Little Ross Island’

3rd Prize – Bridget Khursheed, Scottish Borders for ‘Good Intentions’

The winning entries and judges comments will be on our website soon

Lapidus ‘Writing as a Way of Healing’ 15th March, 7pm. Clubroom, CCA

Our next event at the CCA is Lapidus – ‘Writing as a Way of Healing’ a workshop run by Valerie Gillies and Lesley O’Brien 

Thursday 15th March 7pm. CCA Clubroom, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Valerie Gillies is a poet who sets out to record our relationship with the land and its animals at this point in time. She has published seven collections of poetry. Her work is internationally known and has been translated into several languages, as a representative of the best in Scottish poetry. She often collaborates and exhibits with visual artists and musicians: inscriptions of her text in sculpture or installation can be seen at sites across Scotland. She was The Edinburgh Makar, or poet laureate to the city, from 2005 to 2008.

Lesley O’Brien will share a little of her experience of using creative words for good mental health and will give a sample from her workshop, ‘Hidden Inside Us There Lives an Old Woman’.   With guitar and song, alongside fiddler Mhairi Ross, the workshop taps into our memories of the old crone, inspired by the tale of La Loba, The Wolf Woman from the book Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.   Taught initially to play fiddle by her granny from Rossshire, Mhairi is also an RSAMD graduate, plays in several bands and works with GAMH.   

Saturday 17th March Winners of the SWC Open Writing Competition Showcase at ‘Aye Write’

We hope you’ll be able to come along to the SWC OPEN WRITING COMPETITION SHOWCASE 2012 at ‘AYE WRITE’

Mitchell Library, Burns Room, Sat. 17th March 4.30pm

With Judges Liz Niven (Poetry) and Chris Dolan (Fiction) the winners of the SWC Open Writing Competition Showcase 2012 will read their winning entries. Their work will be published on the SWC website


‘THE FUTURE OF THE SCOTTISH WRITERS’ CENTRE’ Saturday 10th March, 3.15pm, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Not to be missed! A presentation and debate with Gerry Loose, Ron Butlin and Jacqueline Smith at Strathclyde University’s ‘Write Now!’ Conference

Saturday 10th March 3.15pm at the Mitchell Library during ‘AYE WRITE!

Is calling for commitment to the establishment of a non-academic centre of excellence for the encouragement of interest in literature to readers and writers of all ages and origins in Scotland, of less value than the commitment in other countries such as Ireland, England, Wales, Canada, Australia etc? Why is it not already in existence? How do writers envision such a place beyond or beside College and University creative writing programmes? Outlining the steps already taken to make the vision a reality, and notes on the road still to travel.

More details about the conference at: