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Anne Pia: The Sweetness of Demons

Join Anne Pia as she reads from her forthcoming poetry collection. The Sweetness of Demons comprises literal translations of the work of Baudelaire alongside Pia’s own original and thrilling poetic responses. The event will be chaired by Alan Riach. In Pia’s own words, “[Baudelaire] luxuriates and furiously dismisses. He rages and yet he speaks soft words. He is tender. He yearns, aches and seductively persuades. A creator of vivid visuals and sublimely evocative music, a conjuror of mist, soft light and of exotic scents, a sculptor and a weaver of tapestry and texture through a mere interplay of words and skilful verse and stanza, Baudelaire – whether jubilant or bitter – is never light-hearted, always honest, intense, disturbing.” The Sweetness of Demons is available to pre-order from Vagabond Voices. Keeping Away the Spiders: Essays on Breaching Barriers, also by Anne Pia, is available to purchase from Luath Press. Anne Pia is an award-winning poet and essayist based in Edinburgh. Alan Riach is a poet and Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing Course

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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