Scottish Writers' Centre

Spring/Summer Programme 2012

Photo: scottish writers centre. The Scottish Writers' Centre is a focal point for Scottish writers and writing, the first dedicated literature venue of its kind in Scotland. It provides a social arena where writers can meet and share ideas and experiences and a facility providing basic services for writers - dedicated performance and workshop space, writing pods, cafe, writer's flat and bookshop.

Based at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, the centre aims to support and promote the work of Scottish writers and provide an international showcase space for Scottish literature. It will offer a regular programme of live events and workshops, along with activities such as schools programmes, community publishing workshops, literary consultancy and an annual writing fellowship.

Unless stated all events in Clubroom at the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St. G2 3JD

Friday 17 Aug 2012

Liz Lochhead, In Process

Scottish Writers' Centre Presents Liz Lochhead, In Process

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Thursday 27 September 2012

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Adult: £6.00/Concession: £3.00

Ages: 18 and over

No advance ticketing. Places will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.

In SWC's second Autumn 2012 In Process Masterclass, National Poet of Scotland and Playwright Liz Lochhead, will make a presentation exploring craft and creative process in her writing with a focus on the skills involved in playwriting using images and short readings.

Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art, then, while working on her earliest collections of poetry, taught art at schools in Glasgow and Bristol for eight years. In 1978 she travelled to Canada for a year, after being selected for the first Scottish Writers Exchange Fellowship.

Her first collection of poems, Memo for Spring (Reprographia, 1972), won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, as did Dreaming Frankenstein (Polygon, 1984). She was a recipient of a Cholmondley Award for Poetry, and has already been honoured by both her host institutions, being a Fellow of Glasgow School of Art and an Honorary Doctor of Letters of Glasgow University. She has been similarly honoured by the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee, Abertay, Queen Margaret University College and Glasgow Caledonian University, and is a Fellow of RSAMD and of Glasgow Institute of Art.

Her poetry collections include Dreaming Frankenstein (Polygon, 1984), True Confessions and New Cliches (Polygon, 1985), Bagpipe Muzak (Penguin, 1991), and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984-2003 (Polygon, 2003).

Her plays include Tartuffe (Polygon, 1986), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (Penguin, 1989) and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award-winning Medea (Nick Hern Books, 2000).

Liz Lochhead lives in Glasgow. She was appointed the city's Poet Laureate in February 2005 and is also an Honorary President of the Scottish Poetry Library. She was appointed National Poet of Scotland in January 2011.

Supported by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Book Trust

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Wednesday 20 Jun 2012

Scottish Writers' Centre Presents Wild Writing Debate

Photo: wild writing. Thursday 21 June 2012

7:30pm : FREE (ticketed)

Ages: all

Call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900

Wildness, nature, cityscapes, landscape, seascapes ... How does nature and wildness inspire your writing? How do you write about a loch you've never visited? Where's your favourite Scottish place? Are landscape and place limiting to creativity? What makes you go wild in your writing?

Come and lend your voice to this topical debate. Join best-selling novelist Sara Sheridan, writer Peter Mackay, Reader Development Co-ordinator Claire Stewart from the Scottish Book Trust and others in a wide-ranging discussion about wildness and writing.

Sara Sheridan's latest novel, Brighton Belle (2012) - a 1950s noir, has just been published. Her historical novels, The Secret Mandarin and Secret of the Sands are set in exotic locations and based on real-life historical explorers and adventurers. Sara received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. A regular on BBCR4's From Our Own Correspondent, Sara sits on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland where she lives and is on the board of the UK-wide writers' collective '26'.

Claire Stewart is Reader Development Co-ordinator at the Scottish Book Trust: the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. Claire will be talking about My Favourite Place in Scotland - a joint SBT/BBC project running from March to August 2012, which aims to build a written picture of Scotland's best-loved places.

Dr Peter Mackay is Writer-in-Residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye. Peter's collection From Another Island (Clutag Press) and a monograph of Sorley MacLean (RIISS) were published in 2010. He is co-editor of Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry (CambridgeUP, 2011).


Weblog archive

In Process Masterclasses - Alan Bissett: Thursday 12 Apr 2012

International Women's Day Poetry Book Launches: Thursday 22 Mar 2012

Butlin, In Process: Friday 16 Dec 2011

Scottish Writers' Centre launch: Northwards Now 19: Saturday 10 Dec 2011

Prize winners: Scottish Writing Groups Competition Showcase: Thursday 17 Mar 2011

Scottish Writing Groups Competition Showcase: Monday 28 Feb 2011

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