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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - October

The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.Course facilitatorLed by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Friends of the Scottish Poetry Library get 10% off event tickets. Click on the Memberships tab above for more.

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Break in Case of Silence: New Writing Scotland 39 Launch - Online

New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.Break in Case of Silence: New Writing Scotland 39 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from thirty-seven authors - some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.Come and enjoy an evening of readings from some of the contributors to this year’s volume, in all the languages of Scotland.Hosted by editors Rachelle Atalla and Marjorie Lotfi, with contributions from:Lorcán BlackOliver EmanuelPatrick ErringtonJane FlettRob McInroyCatherine OgstonLauren PopeChristie Williamson

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing

A gentle, guided writing group for people living with Long Covid, run by Lesley MacNiven. No writing experience or love of poetry required - these workshops are intended as an empathetic means to connect with peers and share thoughts and feelings.

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The Polari Prize Tenth Anniversary Tour

The Polari Prize Tenth Anniversary Tour showcases writers long and shortlisted for the 2020 Polari Prize awards for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent, as well as winners from the Prize’s ten year history, dating back to 2011.Described by The Huffington Post as “the most exciting literary movement in London” and by Sarah Waters as “always entertaining, always inspiring - a guaranteed good night out”, Polari won Best Cultural Event in the 2013 Co-op Respect Awards.Tonight’s special event local poet Iain Morrison, Aberdeen’s Shane Strachen, visiting “poet of the south London people” Barbara Brownskirt and 2018 Polari Prize winner Fiona Mozley reading from her new novel Hot Stew.Founded and hosted by award-winning author Paul Burston, Polari LGBTQ+ literary salon began in 2007 in the upstairs room of a bar in Soho. Since 2009, the salon has been based at London’s Southbank Centre. Since 2014, Polari has also toured extensively, supported by Arts Council England.A live platform for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent, the salon also awards two annual book prizes. Founded in 2011, The Polari First Book Prize is for a debut book which explores the LGBTQ+ experience. Added in 2019, The Polari Prize is for a non-debut book. Past winners have included poets John McCullough and Andrew McMillan and authors Amrou Al-Kadhi, Saleem Haddad, Mari Hannah, Fiona Mozley and Diriye Osman.The tour kicked off at Huddersfield Literature Festival and will end in October 2021with a special event at London’s Southbank Centre, when this year’s Prize winners will be announced as part of the London Literature Festival. The tour will also include events in Birmingham, Bradford, Canterbury, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and at London’s legendary nightclub Heaven and gay sauna Sweatbox Soho.The UK’s only book awards for LGBTQ+ writing, the prizes are proudly supported by FMcM Associates and DHH Literary Agency. This year’s winner will be announced on October 30 at the London Literature Festival.www.polarisalon.comTwitter @polarisalon @PolariPrize @PaulBurstonInsta - @polarisalon @paulburston1

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Poetry London's 100th Issue Launch

Please join us for the Scottish launch of Poetry London's 100th issue, marking 33 years in print as one of the leading international poetry magazines.Our special guest, Niall Campbell, one of Scotland’s leading younger poets, and winner of the 2013 Poetry London Prize, will be in conversation with Editor André Naffis-Sahely and reading from his collections Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and Noctuary (Bloodaxe Books, 2019).Also reading her own work and favourite poems from the 100th issue will be Ellen McAteer.The launch event will be simultaneously broadcast via Poetry London's YouTube channel. The livestream can be accessed via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-londons-100th-issue-launch-at-the-scottish-poetry-library-youtube-tickets-169824197747This event will include BSL interpretation.Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He has been recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, both in 2011. Moontide, his first full collection (Bloodaxe, 2014) was the inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and received the Saltire First Book of the Year, both in 2014. It was also shortlisted for both The Forward and The Aldeburgh prizes for Best First Collection, and given a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. First Nights, selections from Moontide with some new poems, was published in the United States in 2016 as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His second collection Noctuary (Bloodaxe, 2019) was nominated for the Forward Prize. He is currently writing a first libretto for an opera in collaboration with composer Anna Appleby.André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2020). His work as a literary translator includes titles by Balzac, Zola, Frankétienne, Abdellatif Laâbi and Tahar Ben Jelloun. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College and UCLA, where he was the Author in Residence, and he is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis. He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His second collection, High Desert, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2022.Ellen McAteer, a poet and songwriter, is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and on the Editorial Board of Gutter magazine. Her poetry pamphlet Honesty Mirror, published by Red Squirrel, won First Prize in the New Writer magazine pamphlet competition judged by Helen Mort. She won the 2017 Waterstones’ Refugee Week Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Baker Prize. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and on the University of Oxford Creative Writing MSt, a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC Download competition.

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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - November

The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.Course facilitatorLed by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Friends of the Scottish Poetry Library get 10% off event tickets. Click on the Memberships tab above for more.

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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - October

The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.Course facilitatorLed by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Friends of the Scottish Poetry Library get 10% off event tickets. Click on the Memberships tab above for more.

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Break in Case of Silence: New Writing Scotland 39 Launch - Online

New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.Break in Case of Silence: New Writing Scotland 39 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from thirty-seven authors - some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.Come and enjoy an evening of readings from some of the contributors to this year’s volume, in all the languages of Scotland.Hosted by editors Rachelle Atalla and Marjorie Lotfi, with contributions from:Lorcán BlackOliver EmanuelPatrick ErringtonJane FlettRob McInroyCatherine OgstonLauren PopeChristie Williamson

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing

A gentle, guided writing group for people living with Long Covid, run by Lesley MacNiven. No writing experience or love of poetry required - these workshops are intended as an empathetic means to connect with peers and share thoughts and feelings.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

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The Polari Prize Tenth Anniversary Tour

The Polari Prize Tenth Anniversary Tour showcases writers long and shortlisted for the 2020 Polari Prize awards for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent, as well as winners from the Prize’s ten year history, dating back to 2011.Described by The Huffington Post as “the most exciting literary movement in London” and by Sarah Waters as “always entertaining, always inspiring - a guaranteed good night out”, Polari won Best Cultural Event in the 2013 Co-op Respect Awards.Tonight’s special event local poet Iain Morrison, Aberdeen’s Shane Strachen, visiting “poet of the south London people” Barbara Brownskirt and 2018 Polari Prize winner Fiona Mozley reading from her new novel Hot Stew.Founded and hosted by award-winning author Paul Burston, Polari LGBTQ+ literary salon began in 2007 in the upstairs room of a bar in Soho. Since 2009, the salon has been based at London’s Southbank Centre. Since 2014, Polari has also toured extensively, supported by Arts Council England.A live platform for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent, the salon also awards two annual book prizes. Founded in 2011, The Polari First Book Prize is for a debut book which explores the LGBTQ+ experience. Added in 2019, The Polari Prize is for a non-debut book. Past winners have included poets John McCullough and Andrew McMillan and authors Amrou Al-Kadhi, Saleem Haddad, Mari Hannah, Fiona Mozley and Diriye Osman.The tour kicked off at Huddersfield Literature Festival and will end in October 2021with a special event at London’s Southbank Centre, when this year’s Prize winners will be announced as part of the London Literature Festival. The tour will also include events in Birmingham, Bradford, Canterbury, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and at London’s legendary nightclub Heaven and gay sauna Sweatbox Soho.The UK’s only book awards for LGBTQ+ writing, the prizes are proudly supported by FMcM Associates and DHH Literary Agency. This year’s winner will be announced on October 30 at the London Literature Festival.www.polarisalon.comTwitter @polarisalon @PolariPrize @PaulBurstonInsta - @polarisalon @paulburston1

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Poetry London's 100th Issue Launch

Please join us for the Scottish launch of Poetry London's 100th issue, marking 33 years in print as one of the leading international poetry magazines.Our special guest, Niall Campbell, one of Scotland’s leading younger poets, and winner of the 2013 Poetry London Prize, will be in conversation with Editor André Naffis-Sahely and reading from his collections Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and Noctuary (Bloodaxe Books, 2019).Also reading her own work and favourite poems from the 100th issue will be Ellen McAteer.The launch event will be simultaneously broadcast via Poetry London's YouTube channel. The livestream can be accessed via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-londons-100th-issue-launch-at-the-scottish-poetry-library-youtube-tickets-169824197747This event will include BSL interpretation.Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He has been recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, both in 2011. Moontide, his first full collection (Bloodaxe, 2014) was the inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and received the Saltire First Book of the Year, both in 2014. It was also shortlisted for both The Forward and The Aldeburgh prizes for Best First Collection, and given a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. First Nights, selections from Moontide with some new poems, was published in the United States in 2016 as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His second collection Noctuary (Bloodaxe, 2019) was nominated for the Forward Prize. He is currently writing a first libretto for an opera in collaboration with composer Anna Appleby.André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2020). His work as a literary translator includes titles by Balzac, Zola, Frankétienne, Abdellatif Laâbi and Tahar Ben Jelloun. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College and UCLA, where he was the Author in Residence, and he is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis. He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His second collection, High Desert, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2022.Ellen McAteer, a poet and songwriter, is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and on the Editorial Board of Gutter magazine. Her poetry pamphlet Honesty Mirror, published by Red Squirrel, won First Prize in the New Writer magazine pamphlet competition judged by Helen Mort. She won the 2017 Waterstones’ Refugee Week Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Baker Prize. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and on the University of Oxford Creative Writing MSt, a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC Download competition.

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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - November

The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.Course facilitatorLed by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Friends of the Scottish Poetry Library get 10% off event tickets. Click on the Memberships tab above for more.

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