The Writing Group meets at Taigh Chearsabhagh, usually on the first Saturday of the month from 10.30 – 12.30. It is a very informal, friendly group of people who want to write for many varied reasons. Each meeting begins with a writing exercise which explores some aspect of writing. Members of the group then share the output from this. This exercise may then be used as a starting point for new work. We often try to respond to exhibitions in the galleries or the museum.
During the second part of the morning, members share whatever project they are working on at the moment. This gives them the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience and to receive feedback.
Each year, the group produces a small pamphlet of their poems, essays and short stories, which is launched during one of the poetry evenings.
Last Thursday Poetry Evenings
Poetry evenings are held between September and April on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at Taigh Chearasabhagh. There is a set theme each month and people bring poems to share. Two or three times a year we have a visiting writer who is funded by the Live Literature Scotland Scheme. On those evenings we have Open Mic Sessions.
Anyone is welcome to come to these very informal poetry evenings. You might like to read poems on this month’s theme, or just come to enjoy listening to poems being read aloud. It’s an opportunity to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy fine poetry, in good company.
Thursday 25th October @7.30pm
This is a very broad theme, giving plenty of scope for poems on any aspect of nature
Thursday 1st November @ 7.30pm
An extra poetry evening with the famous performance poet Hollie McNish.
Her first collection ‘Nobody Told Me’ won the Ted Hughes award .
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a brilliant performer.
November 19th – 24th
Uist Book Festival
Lots of events will be happening across the Uists. Below are the adult ones taking place at Taigh Chearsabhagh.:
- Thursday 22nd November @ 7.30
The Launch of 3 Pamphlets
Members of the Uist Writing Group launchtheir latest pamphlet “Deeds and Words” and two members of the group, Kirsty O’Connor and Simon Morgan launch their own pamphlets.
- Friday 23 November @ 2.30pm
Writer Helene Witcher introduces her latest book “Madam Scotia Madam Scrap” about the Scottish pioneer musician, and clarsach player, Heloise Russell- Fergusson 1896-1970. There will be recordings of Heloise playing, and live music from the Uist based clarsach player,
- Anna MacIain
Saturday 24 November 10.30 – 12.30
Adult Writing Workshop with poet/ author/ playwright Donald S Murray
- Saturday 24 November @ 7.30pm
Poetry evening headlining Donald S Murray launching his latest book, “Birdfall” with Uist based poet Pauline Prior-Pitt and an Open Mic Session.
Thursday January 31st @7.30pm
This is a theme we have explored before and enjoyed so much. Please bring poems about childhood or about poems you enjoyed as a child.
Thursday February 28th @ 7.30pm
We are hoping to receive funding from the Live Literature Scheme to invite a visiting poet for this evening. There will be an Open Mic session in the second half.
Thursday March 28th @ 7.30pm
Theme: Dark and Light
As we emerge from the darkness of winter into the lightness of spring, please bring poems that reflect on this.
Thursday April 25 @7.30pm
Theme: Taking a look at a poet.
Please bring poems by the Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay for this session.