Poetry Pamphlets Launch: ‘Aye’ and ‘Owersettin’ at The Dram, Wed 13 July, 2016
The Dram, 232 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6ND
The free Glasgow launch of Tapsalteerie poetry pamphlets “Aye” by Stuart A Paterson and “Owersettin” by AC Clarke, Maggie Rabatski & Sheila Templeton, in Dram on Woodlands Road, 7pm Wednesday 13th July.
Please come along for readings from the poets, a wee drink and a blether. It’d be guid tae see ye – bring yer pals an aa!
Owersettin: a three-way conversation
Three years ago three poets got together to translate each other’s poems. The idea came ultimately out of the series of workshops initiated by Simon Berry, which Scottish Pen ran over several years, in which Scots poets and asylum seekers translated each other’s poems and in the process created a dialogue between different cultures. In Owersettin the three poets use the three languages of Scotland. Maggie Rabatski is a native Gaelic speaker, Sheila Templeton grew up speaking the Doric of the North-east and AC Clarke writes in English.
Each poet chose two poems by each of the other two poets and created their own response, sometimes translating fairly closely, sometimes responding to the theme and form of the original poem. What had started out as an untried venture developed into a conversation to which each poet brought her own voice and manner, the results of which are published in Owersettin.
Stuart A Paterson is a widely published Scottish poet and performer, past recipient of an Eric Gregory award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Stuart’s previous publication, Border Lines (published by Indigo Dreams), won the 2016 Saboteur award for best poetry pamphlet. He is currently the Scots Language Centre’s Virtual Poet in Residence. Aye is his first collection written entirely in the Scots language.
Aye is, in the words of the poet, “My new collection of poems in Scots. Thirty-two pages of ramblings & rantings about space & spiders, politics & pubs, drinking & thinking, being Scottish & sottish.” The publisher hastens to add that this collection is much more than ramblings and rantings, being actually a quality selection of Scots poems from one of the finest poets writing in the language today.
“The poems [in Border Lines] are confident, polished, achieved – undoubtedly poems to be proud of. But in Aye a different spirit
altogether is loosed: demons are unleashed; red flags waved; apocalypses and abysses yawn open. Writing in Scots liberates him.”
– Joy Hendry
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