Events – Page 5 – BurnedThumb


Callander Summerfest

As part of Callander’s Summerfest festival , Die-hard Publishers (Sally Evans and Ian King, who also run the wonderfull Main Street Bookshop) have organised the launch of Callander Haiku a lovely book,  about Callander and its stunning surrounding landscape. The launch will take place in St Kessog’s Kirk Theatre, the Square, Callander at 8:00, on…
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July 14, 2016 0

News This blog hasn’t been getting too much love lately, because I have been so busy. There are several anthologies in the works, including one for the rather beautiful Corbenic Poetry Path. I don’t have a poem on it yet, but it is on the way, and the poem in question, Ivy, from Wherever We…
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June 23, 2016 0

Summer News

The news should be that we have summer – a whole fortnight, it seems, of glorious sunshine, warmth, swallows and swifts scissoring up the sky. It’s only June and already we’ve had gazpacho four times – here: But I haven’t been idle. There are some new poems, some of which are in exciting places. I…
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June 9, 2016 0

Merry is Maytime

Or it was. The last few weeks have been delightful, warm and sunny. This week has been cooler and cloudy, and today the only word for it is dreich. But the garden has bulked out, and I’ve already harvested and dried sage and thyme for the winter. And I’ve achieved an ambition I’ve had for…
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May 27, 2016 0

Federation of Writers (Scotland)

I’ve been a member of the Federation for several years. I’ve read at open mikes, I’ve been to meetings, I’ve engaged with the facebook page, and, as I’ve mentioned once or twice, I have the honour to be this year’s makar. I wrote about the Fed in March 2011 – you’ll find it here. That…
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May 20, 2016 4

#Deranged Poetess

The #derangedpoetess debate seemed to me important on several levels. It wasn’t only that Oliver Thring seemed to me to be condescending to Sarah Howe as a poet and an academic, nor that he dismissed a lot of reasoned and specific criticism as the work of ‘deranged poetesses’. The very fact that such an interview…
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April 1, 2016 0

Two Readings and a Review

As part of the Red Squirrel Tenth Anniversary celebrations, there will be a launch event for four poets – Anne Connolly, Andy Jackson Chris Powici and myself – on the 12th April in the Scottish Writers Centre, CCA, Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, from 7-9 pm. You can find full details here. And there will be a…
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March 30, 2016 0

The Territory of Rain – the Edinburgh Launch

Here we are in the Scottish Poetry Library’s new reading space, on Saturday. Outside it is snowing, and the wind is blowing from the east along the Royal Mile, but we are warm, dry and full of good writing and squirrel cookies. Anne Connolly and I have been reading together for a long time, and…
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February 15, 2016 2

Book Launch, Scotia Extremis, and Some Readings

Bride’s Chickens Harbingers of spring, the sound of oystercatchers whistling in the dark. I’ve just been out for a walk. It’s cold, with frost lingering in the shade, but for the first time in weeks there is sunshine. The days are longer, and on Monday I was woken by birds in the garden. And today…
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February 10, 2016 0

Official Launch Events for The Territory of Rain

The book has been out for a while, but because of the closure of the Scottish Poetry Library, not to mention the difficulties of getting four authors all in the same place at the same time, we are only just announcing the OFFICIAL launch, which will be at the Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close Edinburgh…
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January 27, 2016 1