Poets to fire opening Shots

Stonehaven Community Centre
Stonehaven Community Centre

Stonehaven could soon have a new cultural claim to fame as one of Scotland’s top venues for poetry readings with an event today (Friday).

New magazine The Poets’ Republic is staging its inaugural event at the town’s community centre on Friday July 24 – and urging all poets, aspiring wordsmiths and poetry-lovers to get along.

A top line-up of award-winning poets - including Scots language champion Stuart A. Paterson, Eddie Gibbons and Martin Malone – will lead the readings, and there’ll also be plenty of open mic slots.

The free event, called ‘Opening Shots’, is being staged following the launch of Issue 1 of The Poets’ Republic, billed as Scotland’s newest and sparkiest poetry magazine.

The mag, which is the brainchild of Stonehaven-based poet Neil Young and book publisher Duncan Lockerbie, aims to broaden the audience for witty, entertaining and incisive poetry – often with a political edge.

Mr Lockerbie said: “Stonehaven is rightly known as the small town that thinks big. Everything from the folk festival to the Hogmanay fireballs shows what can be achieved when people have the will and imagination to do things for themselves.

“We see no reason why Stoney shouldn’t also be renowned for poetry. There’s great poetry being written out there, and we need more of it published and more of it read aloud.

“All being well, we hope to make these readings a regular event, drawing in poets from all over Scotland.

“So we’re extending a welcome to everyone – even if you don’t think of yourself as a poetry fan, come along, you might be surprised. It should be a fun, entertaining and inspiring night.

“Did I mention there’s wine – oh, yes, there’s free wine on arrival, and you can bring a bottle too. What more could you want?”

The event, in the Red Room of the community centre, will run from 7.30pm-10pm. Doors open at 7pm. For more information on The Poets’ Republic magazine see the website www.poetsrepublic.org