Pause for Poetry

By bellmannews / March 7, 2022
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From Alistair Lawrie –

Aberdeenshire writers have been celebrating their love of poetry with a long awaited workshop.  

The Mearns Writers’ event was originally scheduled for 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. So the group were delighted to finally attend the workshop in Stonehaven  on person and via Zoom.  Aberdeen based poet Judith Taylor led the members through a series of exercises demonstrating poetry techniques.

Judith said: “It was great to be back in workshop mode after so long, though being on Zoom I missed being able to peek over folks’ shoulders to see what they were writing. I had a very pleasant day courtesy of the keen participants.”

”Great to be back in workshop mode”

Judith is one of the organisers of the monthly Poetry at Books and Beans events in Aberdeen. Her first full-length collection, Not in Nightingale Country, was published in 2017 by Red Squirrel Press, and she is one of the editors of Poetry Scotland magazine.

The afternoon session was led by group members David and Gloria Potter, a poet and songwriter. David’s background as a countryside ranger was evident throughout the session, as he drew on his love of nature for his exercises.

“Judith’s workshop was stimulating and encouraged new ways to unlock one’s thought processes,” David said. “We all went away with many new writers’ tools for future creations.”

Mearns Writers has over forty members living in and around Stonehaven and Inverbervie. The group was originally set up to promote and enhance creativity and mental wellbeing. It produces a wide range of writing, including songs, plays and essays. There are several published and award winning authors among Mearns Writers’ membership.

There was also a session led by group members, David and Gloria Potter.