If you live in Scotland and haven't seen this yet, check it out. I've booked my place on it!
NAWE Presents The Poet’s Compass: a conference for Scotland’s emerging poets
Sat 29 Jun 2013 to Sat 29 Jun 2013
Are you at an early stage in your journey to becoming a poet? Want some insider tips on how to get your poetry seen and heard as well as in print? Live and work in Scotland? (17th June Booking deadline)Saturday 29 June 2013, 10am – 6.30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
In a packed day of talks, workshops and panel sessions, we’ll be looking at:
The state of poetry publishing today and what you can do to make editors sit up and want to publish you (Neil Astley, editor of Bloodaxe Books, is our keynote speaker)
What it means to be a poet today – how you can follow your own path, reach different audiences and be creatively fulfilled
The role of the small press, magazine and writers’ network in helping emerging poets to make their poetry public
Getting involved in spoken word and performance poetry events
The benefits of working across platforms and collaborating with other artists and sectors
Plus workshops on pamphlet poetry, poetry online, doing it for yourself, and poetry residencies
At the end of the day, there’ll be drinks and socialising, and a comprehensive information pack to take away to help you start planning the next steps in your journey as a poet.
Speakers: Neil Astley, editor of Bloodaxe Books (keynote), Gerry Cambridge, Jim Carruth, Harry Giles, Gerry Loose, Kona Macphee, Ali Maloney, Chris McCabe, Elspeth Murray, Helena Nelson and Michael Pedersen
Tickets: £25 (includes lunch)
Booking form (which gives eligibility details) plus summary and full programme information are available to download here – see Associated Downloads to right. Speaker biogs will be available shortly.
The Poet’s Compass is presented by NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) in partnership with CCA, Glasgow Life, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library and St Mungo’s Mirrorball, with investment from Creative Scotland. It is part of Turning Another Page, a professional development programme for writers living and working in Scotland.
Go to the NAWE webpage here for further info.