Jim Mackintosh

Jim Mackintosh is poet in residence for St Johnstone Football Club which provides him with the opportunity to engage with and expand on various community projects including working with Football Memories and with local schools. In addition to this, Jim has published five collections, had poems included in various anthologies and has recently won awards in the Soutar Writing Prize, the Hugh Miller Poetry Competition and the Wigtown Book Festival Scots Language Poetry Prize.

Events

Mind the Time »

An exhibition of poetry relating to football and memory

Thu 8 March - Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Mind the Time showcase »

Performances from an anthology celebrating football and memory

Sun 11 March | 15:40 - 16:40 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Poem

Open the Curtains

open the curtains, inhale the birdsong
it’s Saturday, it’s Game Day –
Saturday’s have always been fitba days
we have our breaks, a summer break
a winter break, an International break
but here it comes again – Saturday
bubbling up at the back of your eyes
folded into the plastic sleeve
next to your season ticket
tucked behind the clock
puzzled by your lack of attention
hidden behind the list for the Big Shop
which will need to wait until Sunday
because Saturday’s are fitba days
but wait, there’s live games on Sunday telly
and then Monday Night Football
Champions League on Tuesday, Wednesday
UEFA Thursday the last 16’s on and on
and oh, aye the Friday night game
but there’s always Click and Collect
because Saturday’s are fitba days
and anyway the Take Away does home delivery
or maybe something out the freezer
until after the play-offs, the Euros, the season
of money spinners, of post-season voids
non-season blues before pre-season dreams
because you know what I think about Saturdays

Jim Mackintosh

From Mind the Time (Football Memories Scotland, 2017)