We are delighted to be collaborating with the Scottish Writers’ Centre to bring you an evening of creative writing this Tuesday, hosted by poet and author Carolyn Jess-Cooke. We’ll be celebrating the work of contemporary writers in Scotland, showcasing their responses to the theme Transatlantic Literary Women. We have a selection of poets and prose writers, who each engage with transatlanticism in unique and fascinating ways. Whether you’re a writer yourself or just want to enjoy an evening of readings by talented locals, our speakers will give you a flavour of some of the exciting work that women writers are currently creating.

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The Scottish Writers’ Centre is a countrywide resource, which supports national writers and promotes Scotland’s vibrant literary culture. Operated solely by volunteers, the SWC is by writers, for writers. The organisation, based in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, provides a space for emerging and established writers to meet, share ideas and experiences about the craft, and learn from one another. The SWC encourages literary appreciation and professional development through in-process masterclasses, open mics, and book launches, as well as a variety of other events. Guest speakers include renowned Scottish writers at the top of their respective fields, be it poetry, novel, or play writing. For more see https://scottishwriters.wordpress.com. You can also subscribe to the newsletter, follow the blog and social media pages, and become a member for £10-£15 per year. Opportunities abound to submit your own work, so get writing!

A little bit about our speakers… Carolyn Jess-Cooke is a poet and novelist published in twenty three languages. Her third novel is published in 2017 by HarperCollins and is being adapted for a TV series, and she is currently working on a poetry sequence on the life of 19th-century social reformer Josephine Butler. Our other speakers include several exciting new poets: Maria Sledmere, Angie Spoto, Mairi Murphy and Kathryn Metcalfe. Author Louise Turner will be reading an excerpt from her latest book, and we’ll be welcoming writer and artist Alex Hackett, slam poet Carly Brown, and archivist writer Sandra Whitnell to share their work. You can download the programme of the evening here for more information about our speakers.

The showcase will start at 7pm. As usual, it’s all free! You can get in touch on the page of the event, here, if you have any question. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saskia.

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