Poet's Tour

18 July 2011

The first performance in the Poets' Tour of the Scottish Island Writers' Network takes place on the Isle of Luing in Argyll on Saturday 23rd July, when the Isle of Luing Community Trust presents Island Voices in Cullipool Hall at 7:30pm.

The Poets' Tour is a new, ten-date celebration of Scottish Island poetry taking place across Scotland's Islands in the Summer & Autumn 2011, which enables poets from across the islands to perform on other islands, and to new island audiences.

Island Voices will feature poetry by Jan Sutch Pickard from the Ross of Mull and Nalini Paul, George Mackay Brown Fellow Orkney writer in residence 2009 -2010, and songs from Luinneachs: Kirsty MacLachlan, Fiona Cruikshanks and Mod Gold Medallist Hugh MacQueen, as well as young Innes MacQueen on bagpipes. Luing poet Norman Bissell will compere the night.

Jan Sutch Pickard will read from her new poetry collection Horizontal, and Nalini Paul will read from her new collection Slokt By Sea which was written on Orkney. The event will also feature the presentation of prizes and readings by the inaugural winners of the new Bards of Luing poetry competition which has attracted lots of entries from adults, secondary students and primary children. The competition has been sponsored by the Scottish Island Writers' Network to encourage the writing of poetry on the islands.

The Poets' Tour is presented in association with, and with financial assistance from the Scotland's Islands project ~ www.scotlandsislands.com . The Scottish Island Writers' Network is a HI~Arts project supported by Creative Scotland's Rural Innovations Fund and HIE.

Jan Sutch Pickard will also be leading a Story-telling session in Cullipool Hall on Sunday 24th July at 3pm when she will tell stories from Scotland's Islands and Palestine where she has lived previously. She is an experienced and captivating story-teller whose stories are sure to be popular.

A Slate Sculpture Competition will also be held on Sunday 24th July 2011 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm on the shore on the way into Cullipool. Residents and visitors taking part are encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible in making sculptures from slate found on the shore. Entry is free and prizes for under-16s and adults include Sea Life Adventure boat trips for two and Luing T-shirts and caps.

All of the events are being organised by the Isle of Luing Community Trust.

For further information, please contact Norman Bissell, Vice-Chairman on 01852 314322: E-mail normanbissell@btinternet.com.


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