Callander 2010

It’s getting near that time again, and I’m looking forward to the Callander Poetry Weekend, which runs from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th September. Sally and Ian will be welcoming a huge and diverse range of poets to read, talk and to enjoy their famous hospitality. Despite Sally’s recent broken wrist, she’ll be chairing, networking, caring and catering in her generous way. For those thinking of coming – and you should – here’s a provisional programme outline from Sally. The full programme will be updated on Sally’s blog.

Provisional Programme 2010

Provisional, as poets are still booking in.

There will be people here all day Friday as some poets are arriving on Thursday. Friday could be a good day for a look at the garden and a chat. No formal programme till early Friday evening.

Friday afternoon
Printing, collating, sewing and binding demonstrations of the new metallic hardbacks. Also throughout weekend if and when there is time.

Friday evening

5.30-7 garden/shop. first poetry session. Edwin Stockdale, Mike Penney,  Willie Wilson and others

7.30 Launch party.
8pm Charlie Gracie reads from his new diehard book Good Morning.

8.30 pm. Sally James and Ron Williams, Lancashire dialect poems.
9.00 Anne Connolly
9.15 Geraldine Green, from Cumbria

9.45 Cats and Dogs: your favourite Cat poem, led by Ian Blake. (Our cats may boycott this as Geraldine’s old English sheepdog Roy will be around)

10.15 Geoff Cooper, Elizabeth Rimmer, Judy Taylor

11.00 Onya Wick.


Side tables may be used for displaying books etc for sale.

10.15 – 12.30 Morning session includes
Alan Gay, Irene Cunningham,
Christopher Barnes and Rachel Cunniffe, from Newcastle,
Sheila Wakefield, A C Clarke.

12.30 – 1.15 Lunch

Saturday Afternoon

1.15 – 2.00 Brian Johnstone with supporting ukelele and songs

2.00 – 3.30
Chris Powici (Northwords Now), Tom Murray, Kona McPhee, Bridget Khursheed, Andrew P Pullan, Marion McCready

3.30 -4.00 Maureen Weldon with harpist Edwin Stockdale.

4.30 – 5.45 Reading: garden/shop
Sheila Templeton, Evelyn Anderson, A. Mary Lindsay, Kemal Houghton

Saturday evening

6 – 6.45 Byron in Albania: a talk by Morelle Smith

7.30 Launch Party
8pm Sheena Blackhall reads from her new diehard selected poems  Wittins

8.30 Red Squirrel presentation: Andy Jackson, Colin Will,
Eleanor Livingstone, Kevin Cadwallender

9.30 Margaret Gillies Brown, Eileen Carney Hulme

10.00 Clylevlom: Alistair Paterson, Fiona Croeser, Sue Hemmings

10.35 Are Clerihews poetry? Andy Jackson and Sally Evans discuss the recent clerihew bonanza hosted on facebook by George Szirtes
10.50 A song or two from Sheena and Colin Donati.

Sunday Morning
garden: breakfast 9.30. Celebration poems: a breakfast discussion led by Sally Evans. Your favourite poems for weddings, funerals etc.

11-12.15 Scots, Irish and Welsh connections in poetry, discussion led by Elizabeth Rimmer.

Lunch 12.15-1pm.

Sunday Afternoon

1.00 -2pm. Garden/shop session: Ian Blake,  Ian Russell, Juliana Geer, Morelle Smith

2.15 pm  – 4pm final session
Lucinda Carey, Ian and Maggie Campbell, Sally Evans, Fred Beake, Colin Donati, Jean Thewlis, Magi McGlynn.


About sunnydunny

Poet, publisher, gardener
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4 Responses to Callander 2010

  1. Rob says:

    Looks really good! I couldn’t make it for the whole thing, but maybe for a part of it. I’ll have to see.

  2. sunnydunny says:

    Thanks Rob. It’d be good if you could make it.

  3. marion says:

    Really looking forward to it!

  4. sunnydunny says:

    I’m looking forward again to hearing you read. Audiences in Callander are attentive and appreciative.

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