Recipe for joy – a collaborative poem

The Makar Challenge! This piece was written collaboratively on Facebook on April 5th 2020 in real time as members responded to the following instructions from our Makar Finola Scott:  You can only submit one line so make it count, by posting it in the comments. This must be original and your own work. You shouldContinue reading “Recipe for joy – a collaborative poem”

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”

Patchwork Poem 2018 – join FWS to contribute!

After the success of our 2017 Patchwork Poem and also to mark National Poetry Day 2018 (celebrated on Thursday 4th October), the Federation of Writers Scotland would like to invite members to contribute to a Patchwork Poem on this year’s NPD theme of ‘Change’. A Patchwork Poem is assembled from fragments of poetry from manyContinue reading “Patchwork Poem 2018 – join FWS to contribute!”

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 formerContinue reading “The glitter of Tinsel Tales!”

New FWS Makar – Marjorie Lotfi Gill

We are delighted to announce that the FWS Makar for 2018 is Marjorie Lotfi Gill, who won first prize and a commendation in last year Wigtown Poetry Competition and whom many members will know through her wonderful poetry and inspiring workshops. We announced the new Makar at the launch of our latest anthology on 4Continue reading “New FWS Makar – Marjorie Lotfi Gill”

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 poetryContinue reading “Tinsel Tales 21st Dec GOMA Library”

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”