Read Raw ( are delighted to be involved with Renfrewshire Council and its many partners in the events being organised to mark the 200 hundred years that have passed since the death of Paisley's major poet, Robert Tannahill.

Last Wednesday we gathered in Paisley Arts Centre to hear about the events planned - open mike sessions, a poetry wall, a poetry collection, music events, and a whole load of other performing events.  Read Raw is organising some of these; and Read Raw Press is bringing out a new edition of Tannahill's play "The Soldier's Return" with an introductory essay by Jim Ferguson. It was good to hear the contributions from everyone and bump into old friends and major local poets such as Jim Carruth, Betty McKellar, Clive Briggs and Jack Hastie (and more of Jack later).

But as for the open mike events:

The first is tomorrow night at the GoZone in the Community Centre next to Glenburn Library, starting at 7pm with some light refreshments. The second is at Paisley Central Library at 7pm on the 13th of May; and the biggest event is on Saturday 22nd at Paisley Arts Centre at 7pm. Come along and listen or come along and read. Sadly I won't be at the last one, as it clashes with my birthday party.

As for that man Hastie, Jack is launching his latest poetry collection "Diamonds in the Mind" on 12th May at Johnstone Town Hall, starting at 7pm with light refreshments provided. Jack's collection also features work by four guest poets - Betty McKellar, Jim Carruth and GW Colkitto, and me, so a good night is guaranteed. Trust me, it is.

By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 25 April 2010 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(2307)