Ian was born on Stornaway and still lives there. He worked for the Coastguard Service for many years but has been a full time writer and artist since winning the first Robert Louis Stevenson Award in 1995.
An evening of Rabbie Burns, Love, Death, Spooky Stories and Witchcraft. Sheena is a writer, illustrator, traditional ballad singer and storyteller. From 1998-2003 she was Creative Writing Fellow in Scots at Aberdeen University’s Elphinstone Institute.
Jo Clifford and John Harrison Saturday November 26th 2011
Jo Clifford is a playwright and performer. She is the author and translator of approx 80 works for every dramatic medium. Her plays include Every One, Faust, Anna Karenina, and Life is a Dream for the Lyceum and Losing Venice, Light in the Village, and Inés de Castro for the Traverse.
Jonathan reads from his translations of Pavese, Montale and Velarde including his translations of Ramón López Velarde, ‘Mexico’s National Poet’ which Markings Publications is launching in its latest Pocket Edition
Saturday 24th September 2011 Translations of Finnish poems and songs Donald Adamson is a poet and translator, who taught Creative Writing and Translation Studies in Finnish Universities until his recent retirement. Alongside his own collections, Finnish translations include ‘How to address the fog: Finnish poems 1978-2002’ (Carcanet/Scottish Poetry Library, 2005), and for the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki; also songs for Värttinä (acclaimed Finnish World Music Ensemble).
Saturday August 13th 2011 Rocadora poets read from their books introduced by publisher/artist Hugh who will talk briefly about the ideas and production of the pamphlets. Followed by a preview of Roncadora’s latest publication 1957 Flying Scot which centres around a crown of sonnets by Rab Wilson about a classic racing bike illustrated with linocuts by Hugh Bryden.
Hearing John Manson read is to rub shoulders Louis Aragon and Paul Eluard from France, Eugenio Montale from Italy, Raphael Albertini from Spain and the legendary Pablo Neruda from Chile – poets who began their careers in the 1920s and who shaped 20th century European poetry.
In close association with The Mill Sessions and The Dumfries and Galloway Festival The Bakehouse Out and About brings you a unique opportunity to catch iconic Jazz, Blues and Folk singer Marilyn Middleton Pollock on possibly her last touring gig in the UK. Not to be missed!
The Studio of The Bakehouse has been transformed to recreate an installation we conceived in France during an artist’s residency a couple of years ago. Do hope you’ll come and experience it over Spring Fling weekend and join us for a related and very different kind of poetry performance on May 28th. www.toutesdirections.info