Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Stowed Out 2015 dazzle me with your spoken word..

Yes there are a couple of free slots - about 15 minutes each - on the Roxxap Roar Spoken Word Stage: do your stuff and get free entry to the festival and some spending money.

A great opportunity...

The Roxxap Roar Spoken Word stage will feature local performance artists Sara ClarkDorothy Alexander, Anita John, Jules Horne, Thomas Clark and special guests. Bridget Khursheed says "It is very exciting to be curating the spoken word event at Stowed out - spoken word has been making media headlines but it is an art that has always been alive and well here in the Borders - local talent and some headline names from around the UK will be strutting their stuff on the Roxxap Roar stage in high energy, performance shots on subjects as diverse as punk love, oystercatchers, consumer tics and knitting with dog hair; I am keeping a couple of spaces for anyone who can dazzle me with their set on YouTube - please get in touch via Twitter or the usual email. Sara Clark will be on hand to show festival goers how to write your own spoken word. And a cash slam prize is also available for the best set on the day.

What am I expecting to see on YouTube or your video - well something like this:


Uniformagazine 3

The next issue of Uniformagazine is now available: this is one of my new all-time favourite reads - highly recommended.

You can find out more and order online here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

the latest from MacArts poetry in the afternoon

...a bit more spoken word from me on the theme of there and back. Film courtesy of the inimitable Sara Clark.

Such a nice afternoon with great poets and the wonderful jazz guys - John Burgess, Ross Milligan and Bill Brydon - at Mac Arts Centre.

Yes knitting with dog hair get a mention...take a look here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbzgnOSVARo

Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards 2016

I can't recommend these awards enough.

If you live and work in Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards are a fantastic and unique opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing. And you will join an instant network of writers of all disciplines, not just poetry; and throughout the different award years.

The goodies are as follows:

  • £2000 cash award
  • tailored professional development package
  • training in PR
  • performance and presentation training
  • opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents
  • week-long retreat at Cove Park. 
And the Scottish Book Trust team you will work with are expert, friendly, supportive and have great biscuits!

Writers over the age of 18 can apply for one category, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. (You need to read these!) There is no upper age limit to apply.

Deadline is 5th August 2015. More details available here http://scottishbooktrust.com/writing/scottish-book-trust-training-awards/new-writers-awards

Hot Tub Astronaut

...is an e-zine for contemporary words, images, sounds currently seeking submissions.

Deadline 31st Jul 2015.

More here http://hottubastronaut.com/submissions/

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Had a minibus trip round the Borders today with a difference - en route encountered just about every kind of arts space and practitioner imaginable.

In the Scottish Borders, there certainly is a dreamlike quality to the arts scene.

More to come on this: tour, stravaig or walk...

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Poetry International 23 - 26 July 2015 London, England

'A poem is a sword. It's our form of resistance.' (Sahera Sharif).

Poetry from around the world illuminating "poetry's enduring ability to anticipate and envision change and transcend barriers of censorship, prejudice and conflict". Poets include Imtiaz Dharker, Jo Shapcott, Aamir Iqbal and Kei Miller.

Lots of good and challenging content but out of many options, a nice way to spend Sunday afternoon (26th July) is Sex in the Afternoon with Kei Miller, Malika Booker, Warsan Shire, plus Rachel Mars as they share "poetry and prose exploring sex in all its pain and glory". Plus a Q&A session with historian of sexuality Dr Jana Funke.

Find out more here http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/poetry-international

Monday, 8 June 2015

Celebrate the re-opening of the Borders Railway - poetry competition

Scottish Borders Council and its creative writing magazine The Eildon Tree encourage poets aged eight and over to submit work inspired by the re-opening of the railway line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank in Scotland.

A cool prize for the best poem: a pair of Golden Tickets for the special train journeys from one of the three Scottish Borders railway stations at Tweedbank, Galashiels or Stow on Saturday 5 September.

Deadline is Friday 26 June 2015.

More about the Waverley Lines competition here http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/waverleylines

Monday, 1 June 2015

Seeking spoken word...

Early call for a new spoken word stage at the Stowed Out Festival 28th and 29th August Scottish Borders. Interested - ideas - ready to slam?

Get in touch in the usual way and let's talk; and we can also add you to the mailing list for more information about this event.