An Evening with Ian Stephen

THE READING ROOM PRESENTS AN AFTERNOON POETRY WORKSHOP AND EVENING EVENT WITH IAN STEPHEN. OPEN MIKE FOLLOWS

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Scottish Writing Centre in-process master class with Ian Stephen, at Glasgow’s  Centre for Contemporary Arts. Photo credit: Pat Morrissey

IanStephenBookYou are invited to join the Reading Room in welcoming writer, artist and sailor, Ian Stephen, on Tuesday, June 30, at Skeabost Country House Hotel, Isle of Skye.

Ian Stephen, an Isle of Lewis man, has the reputation of being an adventuresome sailor, a passionate performer and workshop leader and a master storyteller.

His poetry and stories are published in many countries and have been translated into German, French and Czech.

Stephen’s first novel,  ‘A Book of Death and Fish’ (Saraband, 2014), has received excellent reviews as a brilliant and mesmerizing story, evocative of the rich life and characters found in the outer Hebrides.

His ‘Western Isles Folk Tales’ (illustrated by Christine Morrison, 2014) was described by Canadian storyteller, Dawn MacFarlane, as ‘brilliant and compelling historical artistry in word and illustration’.

We are excited to be able to present this talented man to the community and look Ian S Western Isles Folk Talesforward to surprises, tales and a completely enjoyable evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Plan on making a night of it. There are two dining options at Skeabost. A fine Dining menu is served in the Dining Room, with its oak panelled walls. There is also Sonas, the contemporary, casual bistro outlet, serving an a la carte menu. Both menus use the freshest of local produce sourced from around the island. The cozy pub is also a favorite pre-event option.

The author will also head a 2-hour afternoon workshop for poets. He has used the device of the recipe-poem in several publications, as a way into the short stories in Mackerel and Creamola (Polygon\pocketbooks) and worked into the text of his novel, A Book of Death and Fish.

In this workshop, he will introduce some examples and propose the recipe-poem as a starting point. This can be developed in a practical or completely impractical way but the aim is to let the imagination loose and play with language.
Bring a copy of one of your poems. There is a £5 fee for the workshop. Sign up for the workshop by emailing the RR at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk. Limited to eight participants, to allow close reading and feedback. The workshop begins at 3:30 p.m.

Included in the evening is our Open Mike session which is filling up, so if you want to do a reading, get in touch by sending a short sample of a poem or prose piece to skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk. No Facebook sign-ups, please.

Currently, there is room for single poems or very short prose. All writers are welcome. 

All June 30 events will take place at Skeabost Country House Hotel, situated on Loch Snizort Beag, in north Skye, 7 miles from Portree, on the Portree/Dunvegan road. There is no charge for the evening event with Ian Stephen. Supportive donations are always welcome and memberships are available. Our selection of used books offers a variety of good reads at bargain prices, so be sure to  the book table.

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