Bud­ding writ­ers in big Sum­mer­lee show­case

Poets’cor­ner event

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

A poets’ cor­ner event will be tak­ing place at Sum­mer­lee next month – and will give Mon­k­lands writ­ers the chance to have their work pub­lished in the Ad­ver­tiser.

Led by Air­drie poets Iain John­ston and Janette Horn, it will see par­tic­i­pants shar­ing their work in a se­ries of read­ings; and those who wish can also sub­mit their po­ems for pub­li­ca­tion.

The event takes place at the Coat­bridge at­trac­tion on Satur­day, March 24, from 1pm to 3pm, and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing that as many writ­ers and mu­seum vis­i­tors as pos­si­ble will take part.

Craigneuk res­i­dent Janette told the Ad­ver­tiser: “It’s tak­ing place in an open space at Sum­mer­lee – although in a qui­eter cor­ner away from the ma­chines! – as we didn’t want to be shut away in a room, but want peo­ple to see and hear po­etry.

“Our aim is for ev­ery­one to be aware of what’s hap­pen­ing, for them to share work or just come along to lis­ten.

“We al­ready have 10 peo­ple tak­ing part and hope there will be quite a few more by the time of the event. Sum­mer­lee have been fan­tas­tic and it’s a great venue.

“I’ve been amazed by how many peo­ple are in­ter­ested in writ­ing po­etry, rather than nov­els or sto­ries; and for so many, they’d just love to see their writ­ing in print and to have just one poem be­ing pub­lished, so this is a great op­por­tu­nity.

“We’re hop­ing to make it a monthly event where Mon­k­lands poets can meet and read out their work, and if it’s a suc­cess, we’d also like to think about hav­ing a chil­dren’s cor­ner too as they love writ­ing po­ems and are very good at ex­press­ing them­selves.”

Any­one who would like to see their orig­i­nal po­etry pub­lished in the Ad­ver­tiser can email news@ air­drie­and­coat­bridgead­ver­tiser. co.uk.

Team Iain John­ston and Janette Horn have pre­vi­ously worked to­gether on cre­ative writ­ing projects

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