The big cheeses at the Reading Room have to take a breather occasionally, so May will be dark while they have a ‘wee break to sort the paperwork, emails & get the anthology going strongly’. With the impressive Baker Prize winning pieces and a barrage of fascinating entries, the anthology promises to be popular. Let’s hope this serious business includes some good wine and sunshine on the deck…but have a wee-wee dram for me.
We are looking forward to seeing poet, author and playwright, Ian Stephen, at Skeabost Country House Hotel on the evening of Tuesday, June 30, for an entertaining program. Ian resides on the Isle of Lewis, living a busy creative lifestyle. Check out his web page to see what he is up to, at http://www.ianstephen.co.uk. We’ll give you more information on Ian in June, but bear in mind this is a spellbinding storyteller and mark this event on your calendar.
On the afternoon of his evening appearance, Ian also will be offering a two-hour workshop for poets, with close-reading and feedback on poems. Poets wanting to attend may book a place at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a small fee. Attendance will be limited to eight, unless you cry a lot.
In response to the many requests from writers, an Open Microphone Session will take place on the same evening, June 30. There should be time for at least five readers, depending on sign-ups. Prose pieces are limited to ten minutes and up to three poems may be read, no more than ten minutes. Shorter single poems and prose are encouraged, as this will give more readers a chance to present their work. All writers are welcome. To sign up, please submit a short sample of your work to the Reading Room, at email@example.com. (No Facebook sign-ups, please.) See you there.