Scots Poet hosts events in Uists

John Glenday will be hosting two events at Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist this week.
John Glenday will be hosting two events at Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist this week.

Scottish poet John Glenday will be at Taigh Chearsabhagh this week hosting two literary events on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 February.

Glenday, an award winning poet, will be reading at the Last Thursdays poetry evening at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lachmaddy, North Uist, tonight, Thursday, 26th February, at 7.30 pm.

There will also be an open mic session following the reading. Last Thursdays is a programme of poetry evenings led by The Uist Writers Group. The evenings are very informal, with candles, wine and nibbles. There is usually a set theme for each evening which is open to all - welcoming people to join in or simply listen.

The group is supported by Live Literature Scotland which allows the group to invite well known Scottish writers to Uist to either lead workshops or conduct a reading.

John Glenday is the author of three poetry collections. He studied English at the University of Edinburgh, and after graduating became a psychiatric nurse. He now lives in Drumnadrochit and works for NHS Highland as an addictions counsellor.

His first collection, The Apple Ghost, published in 1989, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. His second, Undark, published in 1995, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Undark takes its title from the name given to the luminescent paint which eventually poisoned the factory workers who handled it during Second World War.

His most recent collection, Grain, was published in November 2009 and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for Excellence in New Poetry.

Although Glenday has chiefly written short lyrics in English, Grain includes one poem in Scots as well as several prose poems influenced by Michael Donaghy, John Burnside, and Ernest Hemingway.

And for all the talk of the spiritual, Glenday’s poetry is often surreally humorous. ‘Tin’ manages to make a love poem out of the fact that the tin opener was invented 48 years after the tin can.

On Friday February 27th 10.30 -1.00 John Glenday is running a workshop at Taigh Chearsabhagh - The Little Tin Poem: sharpen up your technique.

This workshop will show you what you can do so that your poem will become ‘a little machine for remembering itself’.