Island Poets in Stromness
12 October 2011
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
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'.
The Poet's Tour aims to make island poetry accessible to
all islanders, with events across Scotland's Islands.
The Poets' Tour acknowledges the financial support
of Scotland's Islands.
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