Recent FWS Events

National Poetry Day

Thursday 7th October 2021

The FWS marked the day with a Zoom event of readings from a collection of poets:

Rose Ann Fraser Richie

Cait O Neil McCullach

Martin Stepek

George Colkitto

Lesley Traynor

Linda Jackson

Peter Kelly

Gayle Smith

Hadley James Hoyle

Anne Pia

Chris Tait and Brian Hill.

The poetry was rich and complex and moving.

We were also delighted to experience the premiere of this year’s Patchwork Poem, woven into being by Andy Jackson, poet and former Makar.

See here Patchwork Poem 2021

The event culminated with a selection of readings by Makar Jim Mackintosh who read from his latest pieces which are included in Beyond the Swelkie

Edited by Jim Mackintosh and Paul S Philippou

Beyond the Swelkie is a collection of poetry and prose in English, Scots and Gaelic celebrating the centenary of George Mackay Brown. Its contributors are based in Orkney and across Scotland, each engages with the muse in their own way. The contributors include many award-winning poets. Beyond the Swelkie includes a foreword by Asif Khan, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library. The book’s cover incorporates the artist Sandy Moffat’s celebrated portrait of George Mackay Brown.

Available from Tippermuir Books/ Amazon

Saturday 4th September

Vernal Equinox Competition

An afternoon of readings

Vernal Equinox Competition Winners – A Celebration

29th May – A Scriver Event with Leela Soma

Watch Marcas and MAK on Youtube here

Writing historical fiction – A Conversation between Scriever Leela Soma and Cauvery Madhavan, author of The Tainted

Saturday 20th March 2021

Makar Jim Mackintosh and Friends of Pskov Monday 15th March @ 7pm Zoom in on Pushkin and Souter

curated by @IliyanaNedkova in partnership w/ @FWritersS@rsgov@ukrftwincities1@culturepandk#FriendsofWilliamSoutar

7th November 2020

Launch of the FWS Anthology 2020

Surfing – An Anthology

National Poetry Day  1st October 2020

FWS celebrated National Poetry Day 2020 with  readings from a range of poets including our Makar Finola Scott. Marie Therese thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event and introducing some of our regular readers. The organisers were also delighted to welcome some poets who were making their Federation debut. The event also saw the debut of this year’s Patchwork Poem , Unseen on the theme of vision,  the title being created by one of the contributors.  Unseen was stitched  into being  by Andy Jackson. We hope to upload the accompanying video imminently. The Federation was proud to offer,  as an  extra bonus, a reading from former Makar Sheila Templeton, winner of this year’s James Mc Cash Scots Poetry Prize with The Clyack Shafe (meaning the last harvest sheaf).

A wonderful afternoon of poetry. Congratulations and thanks to all those who contributed. The Federation is delighted and grateful to be able to offer members the opportunity to continue to showcase their work in these challenging times.