From the bird’s mouth

This year National Poetry Day is on Thursday 6 October 2022 and the theme is The Environment. National Poetry Day is the annual celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends. To mark National poetry day, the Scottish Poetry Library is working with …

Poem for October

Prelude no.2 Two truths draw nearer each other. One moves from inside, one moves from outside and where they meet we have a chance to see ourselves. He who notices what is happening cries despairingly: “Stop! Whatever you like, if only I avoid knowing myself.” And there is a boat that wants to put in …

Poem for September

Living with the News Can I get used to it day after day a little at a time while the tide keeps coming in faster the waves get bigger building on each other breaking records this is not the world that I remember then comes the day when I open the box that I remember …

Trees – a poem

As the trees around Arran are being harvested, Voice reader Elizabeth Ross sent in this poem. Thank you Elizabeth, for sharing your work…  Trees They stood in whispering silence, fifty years tall. When they were born so were my children Who grew with energy, running and shouting, While the trees just stood, quiet, moved only …

Poem for July

The Fired Schoolteacher Three characters of proven banality accost each other with diverse poetical phrases (got a match, I beg of you, what time is it, how many leagues to the next town?), in an indifferent countryside and engage in a conversation whose echoes will never reach us. Before you is the twenty-acre field: I …

The Arran Mountain Festival poetry walk

By Alice Maxwell On Friday 13th May the Scottish poet Stuart B Campbell led a trek up the Goatfell valley from Corrie, with a group of would-be poets, myself included. Stuart was born in Lanark and was commissioned to write the poetry for the book The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland and for the award-winning …

Epigrams for June

Three Epigrams from Chang Ch’ao (17th century)   Flowers must have butterflies, mountains must have streams, rocks must have moss, the ocean must have seaweed, old trees must have creepers, and people must have obsessions. * Only when you can take leisurely what the world is busy about, can you be busy about what the …

Poetry in the mountains

The Arran Mountain Festival is taking place in May and there are still spaces on all coached mountain running sessions. There are also some spaces left on poetry mountain walk, which you can read more about it below. Over the next couple of weeks, the organisers will be posting on their Facebook page about any …

Poems for May

My Birthday Present Seventy-nine, seventy-nine, I say it over, and every time it sounds peculiar. Is it a prime? It’s a queer number, seventy-nine. I will enter my eightieth year tomorrow evening somewhere near six o’clock, around dinnertime, my mother told me. That’s a queer hour to be born, or to enter an eightieth year. …

McLellan Poetry Fringe Festival

The McLellan Poetry Fringe Festival is coming up this month and will take place from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May 2022 Here are some notes from the Festival organisers on the weekend events. For an overview of the weekend programme and for more details on how to book tickets see below: The first …