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
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.
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
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
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
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
information, please contact Norman Bissell, Vice-Chairman on 01852
314322: E-mail email@example.com.
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