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, Leela Soma, Elaine Webster, Andy Allan, Paula Nicholson, Jo Gilbert, David Betteridge, Bert Thomson, Sharon Boyle, Mary Wigh, Anne MacKinnon, David McVey and Greg Michael-son

Our thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their super hospitality,  to the the anthology leader, Anne Connolly and her team; to Janet Crawford for co-ordinating submissions and live streaming the readings on Facebook, and also to Vincent Maguire for welcoming everyone to the event.

Thanks to Charlie Gracie and Catherine Hokin for prose selections. Neil Leadbeater and Sheila Templeton for English and Scots poetry selection, Jenifer Harley for production and distribution. Special thanks to Curriesprint, Broxburn, West Lothian who stepped in when our original printer let us down to produce the book on time with its beautiful cover from artwork designed by Loretta Serene Dunn.

Finally our thanks to Marjorie Lotfi Gill who really summed up what FWS are trying to achieve with the annual anthology: ‘These poems and stories renew our belief in the magic of the everyday …a child’s star brought down from the heavens in a public square, or the art in a car garage… There are so many glittering stars to choose from in High Tide. It’s a collection of work we’ll all return to again and again.’

Copies are available via the order form on our website. Cost £10 each plus £2 p&p for up to 2 copies, £2.50 for 3 copies and £3 for 4 – 8 copies.”

Horse Power at Heriot-Watt

davThe 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 audience at the annual Stake-holders meeting.

Patrick Cottrell introduced the pamphlet and the two Horse Power readings already carried out, one at the Edgebaston church where Watt is buried and the other on Glasgow Green, where he is reputed to have had his central insight about improving stem engines.

Jenifer Harley, the FWS convenor, read her piece In Your Name, followed by Ruth Aylett, who read hers, Full Steam Ahead.  There was a FWS stall, pictured above, and a very positive reception.


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 – hosted by FWS member Angus Ogilvie



FWS AGM: Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm

FWS AGM Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm Multicultural Centre Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RE
Annual FWS AGM.
This is your chance to make your voice heard and influence the future direction of the Federation by coming along to vote. Do think seriously about joining the committee or standing for a post. We are always in need of new members with fresh energies and ideas and this year we are particularly in need of an Events Co-ordinator – someone to co-ordinate arrangements for events (see list of current members of the Committee). The co-ordinator is not expected to attend every event but simply to ensure that all arrangements are in place. If you have a flair for organising this could be you!
The AGM will be followed at 7.30pm by the Competition Awards Ceremony.

FWS Short Story Workshop


Our Federation Scriever, Olga Wojtas, visited Dundee Central Library on 3 May. Her short story workshop was attended by folk from Aberdeen,Tayport, Newburgh, Arbroath, Forfar, Edinburgh, Livingston and Dundee.
She started off with relaxation exercises, then got everyone to do a freewrite, writing whatever came into their heads for three minutes without lifting their pens from the paper! They then chose a few words from that to share with the group, and then everyone chose three or four words from other people, and haf9 to write something incorporating all the words. The most popular being ‘skedaddle’!
The group then shared some memories and were challenged to write them from a different perspective.
All in all an inspiring day.

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


Tinsel Tales 2018: Dec 20th. Book Now!

Now is the moment to book your slot for the ever-popular FWS Tinsel Tales event, just before Christmas.

It will take place in the GoMA Library, Glasgow, 2.30-6, Thursday December 20th.

This event will culminate in the inauguration of the Makar for 2019 and the very first FWS Scriever.

To book your five minute slot (either prose or poetry is fine) please email libraria17@hotmail.com . Booking is important! This is a very popular event and being squeezed in at the last moment, or on the day, isn’t too likely.

Sudden Fame! Sunday 25 March 2018 6-8pm

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) presents ‘Sudden Fame‘  on Sunday 25th March in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, between 6pm and 8pm.
This is a spoken word event where members of the Federation of Writers, the public and members of writers’ groups, are provided with an opportunity to perform a selection of their work within 5 minute slots.

This event is now fully booked with twelve people on the waiting list. All queries to acclarke6@btopenworld.com


The glitter of Tinsel Tales!

On the afternoon of the 21st December 2017 Federation members gathered at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow for Tinsel Tales, the FWS annual pre-Christmas readings. Introducing the readings – which were many and diverse – were Gayle Smith, Marie-Therese Taylor and Rose Ann Fraser Ritchie.

Attendees – including no less than nine former Makers (see attached pic!) – also witnessed Anne Connolly’s MC-ing of the handover from Andy Jackson, Makar of 2017, to Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Makar of 2018.  The event culminated with a powerful reading from the long poem ‘Pilgrim’ by Marjorie Lotfi Gill, around the journey of her father from Iran to the US. Her theme of Belonging is one for members in 2018 and is likely to feature in her Makar programme for the coming year.

Tinsel Tales 21st Dec GOMA Library

Tinsel Tales Thursday 21 December 2.30-6pm GoMA Library Glasgow

It’s not too early to book your slot for our ever-popular Tinsel Tales event, just before Christmas. This event will culminate in the inauguration of the Makar for 2018 (whose identity will be announced in November). To book your five minute slot (either prose or poetry is fine) please email  acclarke6@btopenworld.com