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An Evening with Alec Finlay

Full Price: £6 Concession: £4Artist and poet Alec Finlay shares poetic forms he has devised or adapted to record experiences of the pandemic and, more generally, experiences of limit, pain, or illness.His particular focus is on how personal acts of self-care and witness can be embedded within a broader awareness of shared consciousness, encouraging empathy and understanding across private experiences of loss, constraint. The ability of the poem to open us to another person’s experience and to share the complexity of our own supports resilience and helps create of a culture of recuperation.Part of Recovery, Reading and Resilience, a season of events presented in association with Lapidus Scotland.About Alec FinlayAlec Finlay is an internationally-recognised artist and poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms, encompasses permanent and temporary interventions and work embedded in the landscape or found online. He has held many residencies, from 2002 when he was the first BALTIC artist in residence, through to the John Muir Trust Residency in Dunbar in 2017.He has exhibited at the Sydney Biennale, and in 2016 had an artwork permanently installed at Jupiter Artland. He has produced many public artworks, including in 2014 a Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donors at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Also in 2014 he worked with The National Trust and other artists to carry out a project commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War.

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An Evening with Naomi Shihab Nye

Full Price: £6 Concession: £4After this strange past year with so much focus on scary contagion, poet Naomi Shihab Nye considers the idea of ‘positive contagion’ - ways of redeeming ourselves and our selves in whatever way possible.She presents poems by herself and others around these topics, and encourages responsive writing to many of them – at least a few lines and phrases as starters, to be worked with later. Positive contagion. Discussion. Sharing.About her work, the poet William Stafford has said, "her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life."Part of Recovery, Reading and Resilience, a season of events presented in association with Lapidus Scotland.About Naomi Shihab NyeNaomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, the Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry award, the Robert Creeley Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and she was a Witter Bynner Fellow. From 2010 to 2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2018 she was awarded the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. Nye is the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate.

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing

A gentle, guided writing group for people living with Long Covid, run by Lesley MacNiven. No writing experience or love of poetry required - these workshops are intended as an empathetic means to connect with peers and share thoughts and feelings.

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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing Course

Full Price: £80 Low Income: £40 This eight-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices. Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course begins with an hour-long introduction session on April 25 before the course begins proper on May 2. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you). The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go. About Colin McGuire: Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC). He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries and Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recent collection is Enhanced Fool Disclosure with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features in numerous anthologies and a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run workshops for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020. Follow his Facebook page @mindfulbeginner Please bring something to write in and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Please try to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.Course DatesIntro: 25th of April - Intro 1 hourWeek 1: 2nd of May - 2.5 hours (including break)Week 2: 9th of May - 2.5 hours (including break)Week 3: 16th of May - 2.5 hours (including break)Week 4: 23rd of May - 2.5 hours (including break)Week 5: 30th of May 2.5 hours (including break)Week 6: 6th of June - 2.5 hours (including break)Week 7: 13th of June - 2.5 hours (including break)Week 8: 20th of June - 2.5 hours (including break)

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Verses and Violets

Who are the queer women poets, who have been forgotten by history? Reduced to derogatory labels such as virgins, spinsters and old maids, LGBTQ+ women have existed on the margins of poetry for way too long. The SPL joins forces with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) to celebrate Pride month with Verses and Violets: Taking Pride in Queer Women Poets. Hosted by Kirsten MacQuarrie and chaired by Toni Velikova, this event will be an inclusive, informal conversation about our queer pasts, presents and futures, as well as the power of poetry to tell the tales of the women, who exist between the lines. Kirsten MacQuarrie (she/they) is a Scottish writer and artist and the Membership Officer for CILIP in Scotland. Her writing has been published by New Writing Scotland, The Scottish Poetry Library, Glasgow Women's Library, Gutter Magazine, Scottish PEN, New Voices Press for the Federation of Writers Scotland, YWCA Scotland, South Lanarkshire Libraries, DREICH, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, Skirting Around, BlueHouse Journal, Bathed in Concrete, Liberally Quarterly and Coin-Operated Press. In 2020, their short story 'The Wordsworth Women' won second prize in the Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox competition. She tweets @GGallerina and her website is www.glasgowgallerina.com Toni Velikova (she/her) is the Assistant Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library and the Secretary for CILIP’s LGBTQ+ Network. She has done academic work on censorship and suppression of LGBTQ+ texts. someone will remember us                       I say                             even in another time                                       Sappho (trans. Anne Carson)

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Workshop Series with Pam Beasant

Full Price: £15 Concession: £12A block of 3 workshops taking place on Saturday 3, 10 and 17 July at 2pm (60-90 minutes each)A series of workshops with poet and writing tutor Pam Beasant, focusing on ‘grounded’ writers (including George Mackay Brown and Alice Oswald). The aim of these sessions is to encourage response-based individual and communal writing reflecting on the past year, good and bad, as we start to emerge into something more positive.Part of Recovery, Reading and Resilience, a season of events presented in association with Lapidus Scotland.Participants will be invited to complete a short online survey before and after the course, to evaluate the impact the workshops have had. This is entirely optional.About Pam BeasantPam Beasant was born in Glasgow, educated at Oxford University, and moved to Orkney in 1986. She lives in Stromness, where she was appointed the first George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow in 2007. Since 2011, Pam has been the director of the Orkney Writer’s Course for the St. Magnus International Festival, alongside co-tutor Jen Hadfield.An editor and writer in several genres, her first poetry collection, Running with a Snow Leopard, was published in 2008 by Two Ravens Press, and a collaboration with photographer Iain Sarjeant, Orkney; a celebration of light and landscape, was published in 2010.

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