Thursday, 29 July 2010

October 2010 - sooner than you think

So...Brilliant Poetry event number three in Montrose is coming up in the autumn. We'll be back at the Links Hotel on Friday 8th October 2010 (another National Poetry Day – Plus One). And who will we be seeing and hearing this time, you cry?

Well, there will be this man - Tim Turnbull.

Tim started off in North Yorkshire but now lives in Scotland and he has many books of poetry with his name on the front/spine ('Caligula on Ice', 'Stranded in Sub-Atomica'...). Most importantly of all (with audiences in mind) he was easily one of the most recommended poets when I asked other people who they'd seen who was BRILLIANT live (on a post back here). His website is here or you can listen to a good podcast interview with him over here. From what I've read and heard so far I don't think there's another poet quite like him and that, of course, can only be good.

There will be music too (as ever) and this time it will be provided by the fantastic women's choir from Dundee who go by the name of Loadsaweeminsingin. I've heard the 'weemin sing several times, even introduced them back at the Apex Hotel event in Dundee in 2009, and they always warm the cockles and stir the soul. Sorry I've no photos or links for them but you'll just have to take my word for it that they're fab (though the marvellous Michael Marra is a big friend and fan of the choir and that might be enough to help persuade you too).

Our other poetry this October will be something slightly different – not just one poet but a three-part publisher's showcase, no less, and it will come in the form of a fine selection of poets from Colin Will's Dunbar-based Calder Wood Press. The three poets Colin will be bringing up north are all bloggers and folk I'm very fond of in different ways (even though I've only met one of them properly in the flesh) – Anna Dickie, Morgan Downie and Juliet Wilson. I have written a little about all their CWP books on my other blog (Anna's here, Morgan's here and Juliet's here) but you can find out more about them at their own blogs or at the Calder Wood Press site. Their books look like this (though bigger...obviously):

I'm pretty sure it will be another fantastic (and very different) night with an unpredictable (but no doubt incomparable!) array of talent on show. I'm excited... are you?

Tickets are now on sale from Hogg's, High St., Montrose or from the Links Hotel, Montrose or email me if you can't get to either of those places (usual email – Tickets are priced £4 in advance, £5 on the door (details on stockists soon) and as usual the event will start at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Sponsorship once again from T Duncan & Co. (Montrose solicitors/estate agents).