Mary Irvine: Scottish Writers Centre Comes Home
A full house, good poetry and prose speakers, an interesting discussion (with a revelation) and a very entertaining and talented singer. All in one evening and all for free!
The event was a celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead organised by Dove Tales in which the courage of conscientious objectors was honoured in words and music. The event also celebrated the return of the SWC to its Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) home, having been exiled to the Project Café for several months following the devastating Glasgow Arts’ fire.
Charlie Gracie welcomed everyone and read the poem ‘Recall’ by Brian Johnstone. Harrison Hickman began the session with a declaration explaining the rationale behind conscientious objection. A.C. Clarke and Jean Rafferty followed with poems on the evening’s theme.
Next up were Robin-Lloyd Jones and Larry Butler. Their conversation centred on Larry’s time as a conscientious objector focussing on the impact it had on his life and family. The revelation mentioned above is that Robin is now embarking on the biography of Larry. Judging from what we heard that is one biography not to miss.
Pauline Bradley ended this part of the evening with songs on the theme and also Eric Bogle’s ‘And the band Played Waltzing Mathilda’ which has never failed to send a shiver down my spine. I found myself mouthing the words along with her singing, thinking of the words that adorn so many war memorials – Our Glorious Dead. There was/is nothing glorious about anyone who dies in/because of conflict.
The second half comprised various poets and prose writers – an eclectic mix – in an Open Mic session. Over two hours of good writing… Thank you to everyone.
This section: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene
- Have Yourself a Literary Solstice, Poetry is the Way to Peace
- Paisley Book Festival 2020
- Switch Off – Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing
- The Great Hack Screening and Discussion CCA
- Glasgow Libraries Christmas Reading Challenge for Kids
- Mary Irvine’s blog: West Dunbartonshire Book Week November 2019
- Making Her Mark Launch Event
- The Siren Awakes by Linda Jackson, West End Launch
- Book Week Scotland 2019: Kerry Hudson
- The Big Talk, Men and Mental Health at The Ice Box
- Book launch: The Light Acknowledgers by Gerry Cambridge
- Telling Invents Told Lis Rhodes
- Thomas A Clark: Poet Artist Curator at Creative Converstions
- Charlie Gracie, Donal McLaughlin and Finola Scott CCA
- Mary Irvine: Book Week Scotland 2029 – Events in West Dunbartonshire
- Nina Allan Speculative Fiction Writer – Creative Conversations
- Then And Now & What Could Be: Housing Rights & Solidarity CCA
- Libre / To the Four Winds Alliance Francaise Glasgow
- The Siren Awakes Book Launch – Linda Jackson review by Pat Byrne
- Publishing Scotland: Book Week Scotland 2019