Poets get the chances to develop their live performance skills

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Poets in the Highlands and Islands are being given the chance to develop their live performance skills in a workshop held in Inverness this March.

The free workshop - ‘Developing Your Spoken Voice’ – is open to all poets living and working in the Highlands and Islands with some publication or performance track record.

It will give poets the chance to learn from experts in the field including Jenny Lindsay and Pauline Prior-Pitt and promoter Peggy Hughes.

Jenny Lindsey has offered a short course in Poetry and Performance at the University of Edinburgh since 2008 and has been a regular performer and promoter of live poetry and literature since the age of 20. While Pauline Prior-Pitt has wide experience as a trained actress and former voice and verse speaking coach as well as being the author of five collections of poetry.

The work shops explore how writers can bring their poetry alive for an audience and how to make the most of live events and reading opportunities.

It takes place from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 10 March at Anam Cara, Inverness. The event is part of ‘Turning the Next Page’, and is presented by The Writer’s Compass, NAWE in partnership with HI~Arts and the Scottish Poetry Library.

Booking is essential but the workshop is free. For more information, to book your place or to look into financial assistance with the cost of travel and accommodation contact Peter Urpeth, Hi~Arts Writing Development Coordinator by email on; peter@hi-arts.co.uk