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The Scottish Writers’ Centre Podcast Episode 15: Dirty Poetry to Die for with Douglas Thompson

By 07/08/2018March 31st, 2020No Comments

Right off the bat, please be aware that this episode does contain some strong language and adult themes.

We’re back! After a fantastic event with Gerda Stevenson in our temporary home at the Project Cafe, the SWC is back in the swing of things. We may be in a transitional stage, but your old friend, the Scottish Writers’ Centre Podcast will always be here for you!

This episode marks the return of former Chair of the SWC, Douglas Thompson! Douglas is the author of many novels, but for his 2018 releases he’s been concentrating on poetry: ‘The Fallen West’ unites his poetry with his surrealist short stories, while ‘At the Witch Stones’ is his first poetry collection, a sequence of sixty-two love poems published by Diehard Books, which is helmed by our last podcast guest, Sally Evans!

In this talk, Douglas takes you on a whirlwind tour of the poetry and philosophy that have influenced his interpretation of what love is. He then follows this with readings from his own poetic attempts to define the elusive and enduring mystery of human love. Enjoy!

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Thank you Douglas, for being one of our most memorable guests to date! You can find more of his writing, as well as his fantastic artwork, on his website or by following him on Twitter.

Douglas was our first ever guest on Writer’s Reel, which you can find on the SWC website, along with the event blog by Kate Jackson.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.


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