Island Poets in Stromness

12 October 2011

Island Poets in Stromness

Poet, Rosie Alexander


Poets from three islands gather for a reading in Stromness, Orkney on Thursday 20th October as part of the The Poet's Tour, when Uist-based poet Pauline Prior Pitt joins with Shetland's Gordon Dargie and Orkney poet Rosie Alexander for the event at the Pier Arts Centre (reading starts at 7pm, free entry), hosted by Stromness's own Pamela Beasant.

Pauline Prior Pitt is one of Scotland's foremost poets. She has appeared on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Pick of the Week, Channel 4, Central, and Carlton Television. Pauline writes about the relationships between men and women, family life, the domestic scene, gynaecology, political issues, dresses, the ageing process, and love and death. In her book 'Storm Biscuits' she writes about the landscape of North Uist, where she now lives and her one woman shows attract large audiences at festivals. Her 'North Uist Sea Poems' won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for pamphlet poetry in 2006.

Gordon Dargie was born in 1951 and brought up in Lanarkshire. He taught English, first in Lanarkshire and Argyll, and from 1980 in Shetland where he and his wife still live after his retirement as Principal of Shetland College. In 2009 Kettillonia published - to much acclaim - his first collection, 'A Tunnel of Love'. The collection is a sequence of sonnets of remarkable power and subtlety that chart a life that moves from a hard, sometimes brutal upbringing in mid 20th century Lanarkshire to the 'quiet calm' of the midsummer dim of Shetland.

Rosie Alexander is just beginning to think of herself as a poet.... She lives and works in Orkney as a counsellor and career adviser. Her poetry has been published as part of the 'Shadows of Our Ancestors' project, the St Magnus Festival Writers' Course and in 'Navigating Home: New Writing from Orkney'. She has also taken part in readings and published online as part of the Golden Thread of Poetry community which includes writers from across Scotland. Her work often looks at the themes of identity and place, and she has an ongoing interest in writing for self-development. Her greatest joy comes from introducing others to the power of writing and she loves it when she has the opportunity to run a workshop or take part in a reading! She has recently published an article on the use of writing in self-development in 'Writing Routes: A resource handbook of therapeutic writing'.

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