Happy New Year!
Tuesday 28th January 2014; 7pm to 8.30pm,
CCA Cinema Room, Glasgow:
Poetry Masterclass (Part 1) with Brian Whittingham
The journey to being a writer. This talk by Brian Whittingham will be followed by a labour/narrative poetry workshop (exploring the gathering of ideas and generation of raw material – a poem will be written during the session, and an assignment will then be taken away; to be completed for the following week). In the first session, Brian will detail his journey from a neophyte at Paisley Writers to a visiting professor of poetry at Seattle University.
Brian is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent including Clocking In and Clocking Out (pieces about the workplace), an accompanying writing workshop manual – People Who Work Standing Up (about the building of the QE2), and Septimus Pitt (poems and illustrations for children). He has written five plays: Diamonds in Bedlam, The Devil’s Dandruff, Three Nights and A Sunday, and Come Oan Get Aff. Amongst Brian’s published short fiction is The Father Who Bought Fear (which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2012) and The Charing Cross Carpet (which won the Sunday Herald Christmas Short Story Competition, 2000). Brian has held residencies in New York, at Yaddo Artist’s Colony (1994), in Lithuania (2006), and in Grez, France (with an RLS fellowship, in 2008). Brian has also served as a Writing Fellow in East and Mid Lothian.
He has read his work on BBC radio and television; Brian has also pariticpated in literary festivals including Bumbershoot and The Burning Word. Past editor of West Coast Magazine, Nerve Magazine, and New Writing Scotland, Brian presently works as a creative writing lecturer at The City of Glasgow College.
The second part of this course will follow on Tuesday 4th February 2014; 7pm to 8.30pm, CCA Clubroom, Glasgow.