My second bit of news is that I'm putting on a poetry event in Montrose this year for National Poetry Day. It will be the day after NPD in fact (hence the name - "National Poetry Day - Plus One") on Friday 9th October at the Links Hotel, Montrose. Star poets will be (him again) the marvellous Hugh McMillan from Penpont, Dumfriesshire alongside the very popular local Montrose poet Raymond Vettese. There will also be a song or two from Aberdeen-based Grace Banks, Montrose's Charlie Williamson and Monifieth's Pauline Hynd. I will introduce/compere/host but not read a poetry set as such (I found when I organised an event in Edinburgh in November last year that either organising or reading was preferable to trying to do both...). Anyway this great event is the first National Poetry Day event that I've heard of in Montrose since I moved here five years ago and I'm hoping a good audience will turn out for it. Tickets are very reasonable (£3 from Henry Hogg's in Montrose or by emailing me at usual address) but the bar prices at the Links will make up for that (they're fairly...er, ambitious). Still, all in all it's a great venue with lots of room and full disabled access and facilities. Doors on the night will open at 7.30pm with mikes switched on at 8 or thereabouts. I know a lot of you live too far to make it but spread the word if you can. I need to get my arse in gear and sort out tickets and posters and all that now the bairn is back to school. I will do it...this week!
p.s. There is now a separate page for poetry events like this. It's here.
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