An afternoon with poet David Underdown

Launch of David Underdown’s second poetry collection: A Sense of North. 17th March, Corrie and Sannox hall. If you didn’t make it to the launch, you can still read the book. It’s not like a party where if you missed it, you missed the whole shebang. Having said that, it was a very enjoyable afternoon …

Poem for April

The Loch of the Green Corrie by Andrew Greig We came to know it, a little. It kept its best fish hidden under glassy water, behind silver backing of the long day’s clouds. We cast and retrieved by that mirror till the Green Corrie reflected only three bodies of light, filling and emptying themselves. That …

Local poet launches new collection

Making a Halo Round the Ordinary March will be an important milestone for local poet David Underdown who launches his second poetry collection in Corrie Hall on Sunday 17th. David has been living – and writing – on the island for over twenty years. He says he always had a plan to make more time …

McLellan Poetry Competition 2019 Opens

The McLellan Poetry Prize is awarded by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts Festival, which runs this year from 30th August – 8th September. Now in its thirteenth year, past judges have included Kathleen Jamie, Robert Crawford, Jackie Kay, Peter and Ann Sansom, Michael Laskey, Simon Armitage, David …

Poem for March

The secret of flying The breakthrough is to stop thinking about aerodynamics. Concentrate on the immeasurable pleasures of floating above roofs and the open mouths of chimney pots stems of road budding houses, the rumple of fields and, beyond, the dark spot of a copse or how the river feels up into its tree-lined tributaries. …

Poem for February

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the …

Poem for January

Nest by Char March to snuggle to coorie doon to snoodle. a half-world of care. a gowpen of shoogling eggs roofed by warm breast. a weaving of twigs. eaves studded with river-mud huts. a precariousness in wind. a responsibility of worms, sand eels, gnats. a rock ledge with fifty thousand screams. the heart of a …

Poetry event with an ocean theme

A message from Arran Poets and COAST… This is to invite you to a poetry gig at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6th December in the Brodick Bar. As usual we are holding our poetry celebration out of step with the rest of the country which does National Poetry Day in October. This year we are …

Poem for December

So Many Summers by Norman MacCaig Beside one loch, a hind’s neat skeleton, Beside another, a boat pulled high and dry: Two neat geometries drawn in the weather: Two things already dead and still to die. I passed them every summer, rod in hand, Skirting the bright blue or the spitting gray, And, every summer, …

Poem for November

One, Two by Kate Clanchy The camera has caught me in a church doorway, stooping to fasten what must be my old cork-soled sandals, their thick suede straps, that dry, worn grip at heel and instep. I’m smiling downwards, pinkly self-conscious, and above me the arch is an extraordinary blue. New — the whole place …