Dundee Literary Festival 2014

Wednesday 24 September 2014

8 logoThinking about heading over the Tay for poetry at this year’s Dundee Literary Festival? They would love to see you here. The festival runs from 22nd to 26th October and you can get full details online at http://issuu.com/dundeelitfest/docs/final/0

Meantime for StAnza fans here is a summary of the poetry on the Dundee programme, including events featuring Joseph Lee and J.O. Morgan, which follow on nicely from this year's StAnza:

Wednesday 22nd October

7.30pm: Joseph Lee, War Poet, Bonar Hall WWI poet Joseph Lee was famous in his own lifetime, but the Dundonian has since been forgotten. A new anthology of his work will bring him back to public attention. Free | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=423&prodid=1896

Thursday 23rd October

10 - 12am: Pitch Live: Kirsty Gunn and Lindsay MacGregor, Bonar Hall Award-winning author Kirsty Gunn and Lindsay MacGregor will be giving advice on pitching your book to publishers, agents and the wider public. A rare and exciting chance to work with experts to hone your pitch before taking your work out into the world and finding it a home. Free | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=424&prodid=1906

1pm: Poem and a Piece: Michael Schmidt, Bonar Hall Born in Mexico in 1947, Michael Schmidt was educated at Harvard and Wadham College, Oxford. He is editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited, the literary publishing house dealing in particular with poetry, and he is general editor of PN Review, the literary journal now in its fourth decade. Michael has also written two novels and, as a literary historian, several books charting the lives of writers. He’ll tell us more about his latest book The Novel: A Biography later today (p13) but for now it’s all about his own poems, and a fascinating and diverse life with words, in conversation with Maggie McKernan. £5 (includes lunch) | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=424&prodid=1908

5.30pm: New Writing Showcase MLitt Creative Writers – the cream of the University of Dundee’s MLitt crop strut their stuff. Free, drop in
Friday 24th October

11am: Bounce and Tickle, Bonar Hall Rhyme, songs and stories for little ones aged 0-12 months. Come parents, come carers, come babies and join our wee party! Free | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=425&prodid=1915

5.30pm: Writing Showcase: Scottish Book Trust, Ms Battenberg’s Tea Room, Bonar Hall Scottish Book Trust’s New Writer Awardees – Edinburgh- based poet Andrew Sclater; Edinburgh-based novelist Lynsey May, Dundee’s own Rob Currie, and Lucy Ribchester, whose debut novel The Hourglass Factory will be published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster. Free, drop in

6.30pm: Books for Doctors and Doctors in Books, Bonar Hall Sir Kenneth Calman, Diana Hendry and Lesley Morrison Doctors and illness lie at the heart of many great stories, from Irvine Welsh to Robert Burns, and their connection goes deeper than just the page. Examining the link between words and medicine are the hugely influential Sir Kenneth Calman, who uncovers this relationship in his new book, A Doctor’s Line. Tools of the Trade is an anthology of poetry published by the Scottish Poetry Library and issued to every graduating medic in Scotland in 2014, introduced today by poet Diana Hendry and Lesley Morrison. Please join us! £3/2 | tickets: full price: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=425&prodid=1922 concessions: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=425&prodid=1973

8.30pm: Culture Laser Live, Bonar Hall Weekly podcast series, The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser, enters the festival fray for a night of performance, discussion, drinking, and hilarious October action. Host Ryan Van Winkle, poet and cultural behemoth from the United States of America via Auld Reekie, welcomes a selection of guests to take to the sofa with him for some beautiful bookish chat. A podcast experience for your ears & your hearts– done live and before your very eyes. Free | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=425&prodid=1924

Saturday 25th October

10am: Whaleback City Walking Tour, meet at Bonar Hall Dundee’s first Makar (poet laureate for the city) W.N. (Bill) Herbert invites you on a tour of Dundee by poetry. Co-editor of Whaleback City, Bill will take you on a tour of our city of Discovery in verse in this illuminating morning in the company of the city’s finest wordsmiths, present, past and lang deid. £3/2 | tickets: full price: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=426&prodid=1927 concessions: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=426&prodid=1975

1pm: Poem and a Piece: Tom Pow and Brian Johnstone, Bonar Hall Tom Pow’s six months as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh inspired his latest collection, Concerning the Atlas of Scotland: one for map lovers as well as poetry fans. Brian Johnstone’s third full collection, Dry Stone Work, is personal and exploratory, full of rural landscapes, music, movies, Europe and the distant past. A lunchtime adventure guaranteed from the comfort of the Bonar Hall. £5 (includes lunch) | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=426&prodid=1935

5.30pm: Writing Showcase: Nethergate Writers, Ms Battenberg’s Tea Room, Bonar Hall Nethergate writers – a longstanding creative writing group who meet regularly under the auspices of the University of Dundee’s Continuing Education Department, will read from their latest anthology of new work, Watermarks. Free, drop in

9pm: New Portsound, Bonar Hall New Portsound has been running for six years in the far-off outpost of Newport on Tay. Dedicated to bringing quality new Scottish independent music to an appreciative and intimate crowd, New Portsound is delighted to host a night as part of the Dundee Literary Festival. The enthralling line up will be announced soon, but expect an exciting combination of music, spoken word and visuals. £4/3: tickets: full price: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=426&prodid=1943 concessions: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=426&prodid=1984

Sunday 26th October

1pm: Kei Miller: Poem and a Piece, Bonar Hall Kei Miller, born in Jamaica in 1978, writes across a range of genres: poetry, novels, books of short stories and essays. His poetry has been shortlisted for awards such as John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year. An unforgettable performer, today Kei will read from his 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2014. A wonderful performer. In partnership with the Department of Geography £5 (includes lunch) | tickets: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=427&prodid=1948

2pm: J.O. Morgan & Ishbel McFarlane, Bonar Hall

It begins with crows, black flecks against the blue

‘J. O. Morgan’s At Maldon is a riff on the Old English poem: inventive, striking and memorable. And a reminder that Morgan is one of the most original poets around.’ – Andrew Motion. Come hear the whole glorious poem out loud, co-performed for the first time in full with actor Ishbel McFarlane.

£3/2 | tickets: full price: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=427&prodid=1950 concessions: http://www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=427&prodid=1989

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