An Online Outing to StAnza International Poetry Festival 2022

Find out what’s been going on in our sessions as one of our Lead Readers shares news from their group. An Online Outing to StAnza International Poetry Festival 2022 Rafael Torrubia is the lead reader who helps to run our Creative Writing groups in Dundee and Perth. For this year’s festival visit, the Dundee Open

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A New Scots Poem featured on Scots Radio

Find out what’s been going on in our sessions as one of our Lead Readers shares news from their group.     A New Scots Poem featured on Scots Radio   Alan McClure is the lead reader who runs our Scots Creative Writing group. In the Scots Creative Writing Group, which meets once a month

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If You Were Me: Open Book Pamphlet Launch at Wigtown Book Festival

https://youtu.be/XfgSRxnUsoc Find out what’s been going on at Open Book as one of our group participants shares news from their group.   If You Were Me: Open Book Pamphlet Launch at Wigtown Book Festival   Leela Soma is a writer and participant in our Glasgow Women’s Library and BAME Creative Writing groups.   I have

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Poetry and Hope for MND

Find out what’s been going in our groups as one of our regular participants shares news about an exciting project they’ve recently been involved in. Poetry and Hope for MND Kate Durie is a long-term member of Open Book shared reading groups, and this project – Poetry and Hope for MND – was run by

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‘Being part of this community has really kept me going and lifted my spirits’ – an Open Book residency with Alice Ash

Our recent Writer in Residence Alice Ash shares some reflections on her experience My Open Book residency began part-way through the second lockdown and, although I didn’t realise it from the very beginning, it would provide me with some much-needed threads of contact with the outside world. The residency coincided with the release of my

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Tips for running a Digital Writer Residency

Last month, Claire and Marjorie shared their tips and advice for running a successful writer in residence programme as part of a blog for the Scottish Book Trust’s digital events training for authors Industry Lab. This came following the success of Open Book’s own digital residency programme, which has been running as part of the

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Reading at the Botanics: ‘Piano’

Find out what’s been going on in our sessions as one of our participants shares news from their group. Reading at the Botanics: ‘Piano’ Mairi Marlborough is a participant in our shared reading group at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. She is also a Lead Reader who leads shared reading sessions with our Open Door

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Lead Reading in the time of Covid

Find out what’s been going on in our sessions as one of our volunteers shares news from their group. Lead Reading in the time of Covid Carole McMurray is a Lead Reader who leads shared reading sessions with our National Library of Scotland Group. She also works with members of our Dower House Group. It’s

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Taking Part in the Big Scottish Book Club

Find out what’s been going on in our sessions as one of our members shares news from their group.   Taking Part in the Big Scottish Book Club   Laurence Errington is a member of our shared reading group at the Grassmarket Community Project.   It used to be BC and AD. Now, in 2020

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Book Week Scotland 2020: The Story of a Group Poem

Find out what’s been going on in our sessions as one of our Lead Readers shares news from their group.   The Story of a Group Poem Lorraine Thomson is the lead reader who runs our Creative Writing group in Ullapool.   When I first became a Lead Reader for Open Book, I was fascinated

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