A Poetry Date for your Diary

McLellan Poetry Competition – An evening with Sean O’Brien 30th August 2019 Arran Theatre and Arts Trust presents for the first time on Arran, poet Sean O’Brien, the judge of this year’s McLellan Poetry Competition. Music with Arran Dawn, Arran’s famous harp and whistle duo. Corrie and Sannox Hall, 7.30pm £12 / Children and young …

Poem for August

Peaches A mouthful of language to swallow: stretches of beach, sweet clinches, breaches in walls, bleached branches; britches hauled over haunches; hunched leeches, wrenched teachers. What English can do: the warmth that chuckles beneath fuzzed surfaces, smooth velvet richness, plashy juices. I beseech you, peach, clench me into the sweetness of your reaches. By Peter …

Poem for July

SOMETIMES By Mary Oliver 1. Something came up out of the dark. It wasn’t anything I had ever seen before. It wasn’t an animal or a flower, unless it was both. Something came up out of the water, a head the size of a cat but muddy and without ears. I don’t know what God …

Poem for June

Poetry and Rhetoric (II) by David Constantine When I think of persuasion, of the persuasiveness, I see You that morning on the Circle Line With a seat for once but squashed in knee to knee In a thicket of people somewhere on your own Among them standing, swaying, slumping half asleep You reading poems through …

Poem for May

All the world’s a stage by William Shakespeare All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms; And then …

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. …