A Celebration of Talent – a wonderful start to 2012!

Well, did we have a really great time on Thursday? We certainly did!
Thanks to Chris Powici for a workshop that had at least one member of the group up to the wee small hours writing, and we’re sure that they weren’t the only one who was inspired to build on the ideas that came out of the afternoon’s session.
Thanks to our musicians who helped to create a lovely atmosphere for the evening.
Thanks to Jane Verberg for sharing her wonderful highly commended story “Green Wave”, based on a factual story, we all gasped in unison when one of the audience revealed their relationship to the couple who inspired that tale.
Thanks to Maoilios Campbell for reading Niall Gordon’s winning Gaelic poem and for translating it. Niall, we were sorry you weren’t able to be with us.
And as if it wasn’t enough that Chris had inspired us in the afternoon, he talked about Northwords Now, the free literary magazine for the Highlands & Islands – we very much hope that The Reading Room will be featuring some local writers who have been motivated to submit poems and stories to the magazine. http://www.northwordsnow.co.uk
Thanks to Heather Magruder who blew us away with her trilogy of short stories about adoption and reunion – “Payline”, her winning entry was the final piece and a worthy, worthy winner of the inaugural Baker Prize. We hope Heather will read to us again – definitely looking forward to her novel. Thank you Heather for coming all the way from the States – we wish you a safe journey back. you can read more of Heather’s writing at http://www.heathermagruder.wordpress.com
Thanks to Richard Neath for organising the Baker Prize (and to Max, his wife, for her input) – we’re already talking about next year’s Baker Prize – no, Richard, please don’t resign!
Thanks to BBC Alba for covering the event – Heather, Maoilios, Iona – great interviews. (you can see the piece http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b019q9zv/?t=19m16s
We had a great day at Skeabost Hotel – thanks to the staff for looking after us so well……….
And of course, a big thanks to all our members and everyone who attended and supported the workshop and our evening celebrating the Inaugural Baker Prize 2011.
Roll on February!