News Round Up

Tuesday 22 April 2014

With Easter behind us, and the weather turning grey again, here is a round up of recent news about events which might be of interest and bring some cheer.

Gerda Stevenson play at the Traverse

Gerda Stevenson, poet, playwright and actor who read at StAnza this year has a play on this week at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as part of their “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” series.

“Skeleton Wumman” is a contemporary drama touching upon the themes of disability, traditional folklore and climate change. Stevenson draws on traditional creation myths, sea legends and characters from folklore.

The play runs from today, 22nd April, until Saturday at 1.00pm daily with an additional show on Friday at 7pm. Tickets are £12 and you can get more information online at

The Power of Collaboration

If you are a Fife based writer or artist interested in exploring the rewards and challenges of collaboration, join poet Ken Cockburn and artist Brigid Collins as they talk about the role that collaboration plays in their own practice and in their work in other settings. Connect with fellow writers and artists who are interested in collaborating.

The event takes place on Thursday 8 May 2014, 5 – 8pm (refreshments available from 4.45pm) in the Activity Room, Kirkcaldy Galleries, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy KY1 1YG

The event is free but places must be booked. Booking forms available from Philippa Johnston email tel 01337 842513 (30 places only available - these will be allocated equally to writers and artists on a first come, first served basis.)

HKU International Poetry Prize, 2014

Finally, the HKU International Poetry Prize 2014 is now open for submissions. The Prize is open to poets around the world writing in English who have not previously published, or self-published, a full-length collection of poems. The winner receives HKD 2,500 and publication of a first collection of poems with the Hong Kong University Press. Entry guidelines are online at