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Please note that this blog has now been discontinued.

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With all best wishes for 2013,

the SWC team



Have you seen that the SWC website is being re-designed? Work is still in progress, but we hope you’ll like the result. The address, of course, remains the same:

Details of our events in March can be found on the website. We look forward to seeing you at these. It is an especially busy month with the SWC events at the Aye Write! festival in Glasgow happening alongside our regular sessions at the CCA.

Events for April onwards are currently being planned. We propose, this year, to continue with events right through the summer.



Thursday, 8 December

CCA Clubroom

This new Literary Magazine gives a voice to new writing from the Highlands and Islands – in Gaelic, Scots and English. It publishes poetry & fiction, articles & essays, reviews in all these voices, and more, and hopes to stimulate, intrigue and act as a focal point of cultural discussion in the Highlands. Featured readers are Niall Campbell and Ian McDonough, but there will be many more. The magazine is FREE, and copies will be available on the night.


AT 8.30pm




 St. Mungo’s Mirrorball

There will be wine, music from Gerry Cambridge and Sandy Hutchison, and a poetry raffle, so be prepared to read if your number comes out of the hat! We will also be launching the SWC Events Programme from January to March 2012, with Special Offer Memberships available. We shall also be announcing the SWC Open Writing Competition 2012.

Please note that this joint Christmas party replaces the one originally planned by the SWC for 22 December.


We regret to announce that the Gaelic Literature Forum on Thursday, 27 October, has had to be cancelled.

Apologies for this brief post – but we are keen to get word out asap.


Upcoming events for October & membership

This Thursday, Oct 13, we are delighted to be presenting Andrew Greig, one of the leading Scottish poets of his generation, and a prizewinning novelist. He is also well-known for his writing on mountaineering. He is the author of the acclaimed That Summer (novel, 2000), This Life, This Life (poetry, 2006), and ‘Getting Higher: the Complete Mountain Poems’ (Polygon 2011). He will be reading from new collection of poems As Though We Were Flying, just published, and also from At the Loch of the Green Corrie, (2010) a memoir of a fishing trip in honour of the poet Norman MacCaig.

We are also delighted to be hosting a Gaelic/Gaidhlig Literature Forum in association with Glasgow Life, on the 27th of October. This is an opportunity for literary organisations to find out how they can work more closely with Gaelic writers and Gaelic material. There will be the opportunity to meet Gaelic writers and hear some short readings.

Both events will take place at 7pm in the CCA Clubroom, on the 2nd floor, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3DJ. ADMISSION FREE.

We have started a membership drive, which will be formally launched in December, but for now you can join by emailing for a membership form, and sending it together with a fee of £10 for the year. Member benefits will include discounts on workshops, and admission to members-only events during the year.

Upcoming events



Hungarian Fiction Event

Thursday 29 September 2011, 7–8.30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JD

CCA5 (Level 1)


Donations welcome

Gergely Nagy

Hungarian author Gergely Nagy has published three books: the short story collections Give Me A Point! and LOUD!and, more recently, the novel Angst: Handbook of the Urban Guerilla (2007). He is currently working on a book based on the stories of his ancestors. Gergely is also a journalist, an editor, and a bass guitarist. His band, KimNowak,made six albums in ten years. He currently plays for Eat Me. SWC’s own Donal McLaughlin will read from translations of Gergely’s work.




Thursday 13 October 2011, 7–8.30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Club Room (Level 2)


Donations welcome

Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig is recognized as one of the leading Scottish poets of his generation, having written six volumes of poetry. He is also well-known for his writing on mountaineering, based on his climbing experiences in Scotland and the Himalayas. His acknowledged classic in mountaineering literature, Kingdoms of Experience, has recently been reissued by Canongate.

His first novel, Electric Brae, was shortlisted for the McVitie’s Prize and the Boardman-Tasker Award, and his second, The Return of John MacNab, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelist’s Award and topped the Scottish bestseller lists in 1996. He is also the author of the acclaimed When They Lay Bare (1999) and That Summer (2000), This Life, This Life (2006), and ‘Getting Higher: the Complete Mountain Poems’ (Polygon 2011).

Andrew now lives in Orkney and the Lothians. He was Writer-in-Residence at Glasgow University from 1979-1981, and at Edinburgh University from 1992-1994. He will be reading from new collection of poems As Though We Were Flying, just published, and also from At the Loch of the Green Corrie, (2010) a memoir of a fishing trip in honour of the poet Norman MacCaig.


SWC Autumn programme up!

We’re very excited about the September/October programme for SWC at the CCA. We kick off with deaf artist and writer Louise Stern, author of Chattering: Stories, together with her sign language interpreter, on September 1st. A programme of readings every other Thursday then follows, with Hungarian author, journalist and Eat Me bass player Gergely Nagy on the 15th, and David Manderson launching his debut novel, the terrifying Lost Bodies, on the 29th – the first full-length novel in Scotland to result in a doctorate! Gergely’s work will be translated into English by SWC’s own Donal McLaughlin.

In October we are very pleased to be welcoming leading Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Greig on the 13th to read from As Though We Were Flying, a newly published poetry collection, and At the Loch of the Green Corrie, (2010) a memoir of a fishing trip in honour of the late poet Norman MacCaig. On the 27th October the SWC will play host to a Gaelic/Gaidhlig Literature Forum, to discuss how literary organisations can work more closely with Gaelic writers and material. Anyone interested in Scottish Literature, Gaelic Literature and language and their promotion will be able to meet Gaelic writers, hear some short readings, and talk about this vital topic. More detail to follow.

Thereafter we will be presenting readings and workshops on a regular basis every two weeks, always on a Thursday, in response to feedback from audience members, who found our 2010-11 programme wonderful but very exhausting, as did we with up to four events a month! We look forward to seeing you back at the CCA in September. You can keep up-to-date with Scottish Writers’ Centre news, events and more on facebook by joining the SWC fb group. Happy holidays!