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19th Mar 2018

Poets Stewart Conn, John Glenday and Gerda Stevenson came along to St Catharine’s Hall, Blairgowrie on Saturday 17th  March and charmed a large audience with their outstanding poetry. 

Each poet’s selection, read so well, rang chords with their listeners; from Clydesdale horses to hill climbing; Tay pearls to fairy tales backwards; overshadowed ‘quines’ from the past. Sad, funny, lyrical, eye-opening and so much more, this event proved that poetry is part of all our lives.

‘It was an excellent afternoon’: ‘Can we have more events likethis?’: ‘This has completely changed my ideas about poetry’ were just some of the comments made. The poets themselves loved ‘the warm welcome’, ‘the great turn-out’and ‘the attentive audience’.

A delicious afternoon tea prepared by the Bookmark Committee followed and allowed the poets to talk to everyone individually – a perfect end to the afternoon.


They read from:
Time and Tide, Selected Poems, Stewart Conn
Grain and The Golden Mean, John Glenday
If This Were Real and Quines, Gerda Stevenson



It was great fun and beautifully organised. A wonderful community venue, great flowers, fantastic sound and light and I love the army of red t-shirts - I think I’ll be taking a few ideas back to Bloody Scotland with me. Please ask me back and thank you for asking me to Chair Ron

Lin Anderson

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