Happenings 36

July 23, 2010

Julie prepares the library for our Edinburgh Art Festival exhibitions by putting up vinyl lettering and painting. Plan B, featuring the poetry of Paul Muldoon and the photography of Norman McBeath = photoetry and David Bellingham’s Animal Vegetable Material, a book of new texts and drawings by David Bellingham, distributed free of charge as a ‘public artwork’ during the Festival. Both free!

Our Poetry Reader arrives hot from the printers! Packed with: a celebration of Norman MacCaig in this his centenary year; a new ‘Meet Our Friends’ feature; a focus on National poetry Day 2010 and the theme of home; a closer look at our podcasts; first mention of an exciting new anthology of poetry selected by prisoners at Barlinnie and exclusive poem by Liz Lochhead; reading in bed with the delightful Elspeth Murray and MORE! Completely free!

The Forward Prize and the first ever Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry short lists. The winners of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition were also announced – to find out who came where, you’ll have to bag yourself a ticket for the prize-giving ceremony and reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival; what with this, and 4 of the 6 shortlisted on the Forward Prize Best Collection category appearing as part of their poetry programme selected by Don Paterson and us, we’re starting to feel the festival fever…

Wind: Variable. 4 or 5. In southwest, northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6
Sea State:  Slight or moderate.
Weather: Changeable.
Visibility: Monday – Wednesday: poor. Thursday & Friday: Good.

We urge you to spread the word about the plight of the late Charles Causley’s house: Custodian of the late poet’s house, The Charles Causley Trust has worked since 2004 to try to conserve for future generations the intact home and contents. Over £50, 000 has been raised, but £150,000 is required. For more information, and to find out how your wealthy philanthropist acquaintances can help…

We enjoyed M & S ginger biscuits.

We started to get excited about our Autumn/Winter programme, especially the collaborative ventures we’re lining up for your viewing pleasure…

…we wrote copy for the afore-mentioned.

Tomorrow feel free to join us for a reading from the ladies of Grey Hen Press. Between 2 – 3.30pm, A C Clarke, Joy Howard, Rosemary McLeish, Gina Shaw and Margaret Wood will read poems from Cracking On: Poems on ageing by older women. All folk of all ages most welcome… Afterwards, we’ll be mingling at Scotland’s newest writing social club, as the Forge of the Wordsmiths garden party hits the Scottish Book Trust.

Listened to our current podcast, featuring the multi-talented Kevin MacNeil?

Heard about our new opening hours, taking effect as of September?

See you next week? Wishing all a fabulous weekend!

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