Reading poetry for pleasure

April 6, 2011

Scottish Poetry Library and Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre

Moniack Mhor, 10-12 June 2011

Reading poetry can offer solace, a fresh eye on the world, a renewed love of language. But sharing your discovery with other readers brings another dimension of pleasure – the swell of confidence and enjoyment that comes from a give and take of new ideas, fresh approaches, and discovering poems and poets you’d never otherwise stumble across.

“I live for books
and light to read them in” ~ Diane Wakoski

From 6pm on Friday to 2pm on Sunday, you’ll be provided with a vast range of poems, old and new, in helpfully structured group discussions.  You’ll also bring a personal favourite poem to share, and will have time to browse the resources of the Scottish Poetry Library collection at Moniack.  Guest reader John Glenday will read from his own work and talk about the poems that inspire him, and Scottish Poetry Library Director Robyn Marsack will share some of the poems she loves best.  (And just in case you feel your reading skills are rusty, we offer an optional reassurance session on complete poetry-reading basics.)

The spaces in the poem are yours.
They are the place where you
Can enter as yourself alone
And think anything in.
~ W S Graham

The weekend should continue to refresh and inspire your reading once you go home, with the help of a reading diary, your own reading plan for what to explore next, and a session on running your own poetry discussions with friends.

Accommodation & Food

Moniack Mhor is within reach of national and international air, rail and bus links at Inverness. If you plan to travel by public transport, the Centre can arrange for you to share a taxi from Inverness with any other participants who may be arriving around the same time.

You can arrive between 4-6pm on Friday, and the course will run from 6pm on Friday to 2pm at lunchtime on Sunday.

Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre is comprised of two separate buildings.  The house, a cosy converted steading,  has 12 rooms, a large, well stocked, farmhouse kitchen and a welcoming, common room with a wood burning stove.  There is an induction loop and the main work/living space is wheelchair accessible. The cottage has three rooms; its sitting room contains four networked computers and a printer, and it houses a large fiction library and a large selection of poetry books from the Scottish Poetry Library. The centre can offer a wi-fi internet connection.

Full board will be provided, and Centre staff will provide evening meals on the Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and ensure that tea, coffee and snacks available in the kitchen at any time. We will make every effort to provide for particular dietary needs if you tell us about these in advance.

Full board £250 (SPL Friends & concs £220)

Further information and booking details WordPDF

Further information can be found on the Centre website,

If you have any queries about food, accommodation or directions, please contact the Centre:

Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre
Teavarran, Kiltarlity,
01463 741675

Please direct all bookings and course enquiries to Lilias Fraser at the Scottish Poetry Library:

Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton’s Close
Tel 0131 557 2876

2 Responses to “Reading poetry for pleasure”

  1. Marsha Howard Says:

    Tonight I’m leading a poetry discussion in the building complex where I live. It’s a new group and they were skeptical about discussing poetry but went along because that’s the only way I’d agree to lead another session! So, this is very timely for me! I’ll open with the Graham quote, thank you very much!! Wish I could be there to attend.

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