2019 Successful launch of High Tide FWS

The FWS 2019 Anthology ‘High Tide’ was successfully launched at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh on 2 November 2019. There were 21 readers, including some of the winners of the the FWS Vernal Equinox competition: Stephen Watt, Emma Baker, Derek Brown, Montague Chambers, Jane Lamb, Steve May, Sheila Millar, Deborah Moffat, Sue Proudlove, LeelaContinue reading “2019 Successful launch of High Tide FWS”

Horse Power at Heriot-Watt

The FWS pamphlet Horse Power, a celebration of James Watt on the 200th anniversary of his death, came to Heriot-Watt University on September 26th. HWU is partly named after the great engineering innovator, and three FWS members, two of them HWU members of staff, were invited to read from Horse Power to a large audienceContinue reading “Horse Power at Heriot-Watt”

Edinburgh Fringe: FWS @ Courtyard Readings Aug 14th

Calling FWS members! Every August, the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh runs Poetry Courtyard events at which anyone can tuen up and read. This year Poetry Courtyard readings are on every day from 13-17 August 2-3pm, but we encourage all members who can make it to turn up on: Wednesday 14 August 2-3 – hostedContinue reading “Edinburgh Fringe: FWS @ Courtyard Readings Aug 14th”

Featured writer: Jim Aitken

We are delighted to welcome Jim Aitken as our Featured Writer. Jim is well-known on the Scottish literary scene for his heartfelt, often politically charged poetry and drama and his range of subjects. Wind and Wave – below – finds him in a more contemplative mood but the poem’s unexpected conclusion roots it in the specific.Continue reading “Featured writer: Jim Aitken”

FWS 2018 Anthology: early bird offer!

Packed with poems and stories, the FWS 2018 Anthology Spindrift is now available. It will launch on November 10th at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh where some of the contributors will read. Copies will be available there, but you can order one at a special Early Bird rate via this website – see here

2017 FWS Anthology Launch Nov 4th

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our latest anthology Landfall on Saturday 4 November at the Scottish Poetry Library. We will be joined by the Edinburgh Makar, who is a patron of the FWS, Christine de Luca, and will also be marking our 1000th member, Lianne Forbes, with a small presentation. All contributors haveContinue reading “2017 FWS Anthology Launch Nov 4th”

Featured Writer: Fran Macilvey

Fran is a member of Rose Fraser Ritchie’s Thistle Group and her memoir Trapped is revelatory and moving – see extract below. Born in Congo, Fran spent eight years at boarding school before working as a lawyer for ten years. Her memoir, Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy (Skyhorse) is an Amazon bestseller. Her nextContinue reading “Featured Writer: Fran Macilvey”

Poetry Courtyard Readings During the Edinburgh Festival

The School of Poets will be hosting the annual Courtyard Balcony open readings at the Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival, August 15-19 inclusive 2-3 pm each day.  This is open to all who would like to read or listen and is free.  FWS members will be meeting there Wednesday 16 August. EmailContinue reading “Poetry Courtyard Readings During the Edinburgh Festival”

Featured writer – Ruth Aylett

We are delighted to welcome Ruth Aylett, who maintains our web-site and initiated the calendar of events on the home page, among other things, as our Featured Writer and Committee Member this issue. Ruth is a fine and sensitive poet with an unusual background for a poet, as she explains in her biog. below. YouContinue reading “Featured writer – Ruth Aylett”

Featured Writer: Jay Whittaker

We are delighted to welcome Jay Whittaker (pen-name of Clare Whittaker) as our Featured Writer this issue. Jay is a highly talented poet with an impressive record in publication Jay Whittaker has lived and worked in Edinburgh for over 20 years.  Her pamphlet Pearl was published in 2005 (Selkirk Lapwing Press) and more recently herContinue reading “Featured Writer: Jay Whittaker”