PlaySpace News May 2023

Too much time on the computer has led to my right wrist and hand swelling. I’ve been typing and writing with my non-dominant left hand, as well as brushing my teeth, shifting gears on my bike, lifting a kettle – so this letter will be short! (mostly cut & paste)

Steps Spark Our Words

Two new publications in collaboration with Lapidus Scotland:

During the covid pandemic isolation, Lapidus Scotland hosted a series of outdoor events in parks and green spaces throughout Glasgow: Linn, Kelvingrove, Botanic Gardens, along the rivers Clyde and Kelvin, Gartnavel Hospital grounds, Glasgow Green, and the Coningar Loop. These were led by Glasgow writers: Juana Adcock, Lesley O’Brien, Sukhema (Larry Butler) Brian Whittingham, and Christie Williamson. The aim was to get folk out and about walking, writing, talking, taking photos and connecting with the world outside.

What’s Missing? from the book Living Our Dying

The idea for What’s Missing from the book Living Our Dying was planted at the Whitworth Gallery wandering through an exhibition called “Still Parents” with the full names in large letters of still born children along with an art object chosen by the parents. There was nothing in the book about still born children. Returning to Glasgow, we wrote an invitation to readers and contributors to Living Our Dying to send us topics not included along with a paragraph about the topic and references where readers could find out more.

GODS OF THE LOST CROSSROADS by Robin Lloyd-Jones book launch

Tuesday 23rd May at Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 6.15 – 8.00pm

Thursday 1st June, Helensburgh Library, 7.00-8.30 pm

Two of Robin Lloyd-Jone’s previous novels were nominated for the Booker Prize. I expect Gods of the Lost Crossroads will be short-listed and has a good chance of winning. All the worldly winds are woven fine throughout this historical narrative: Gain and loss, success and failure, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. Well-researched evoking the shambles of 19th century British empire in South America and Africa. Lloyd-Jones tells multiple stories of war and racism, greed and hatred, love and friendship, famine and draught. Two of the main female characters epitimise the rise of feminism. Both funny and serious, as in previous novels, the trickster is ever-present forcing the reader to turn the page.

Come to whichever event suits you best – or come to both. Bring as many guests as you wish.These events are also will be a fund-raiser for Water Aid. Gods of the Lost Crossroads has a drought theme. Please reply to Robin:

The Cost of Dying Exhibition & Research

The Dying in the Margins project began in 2019, with the aim of uncovering the reasons behind unequal access to home dying for people experiencing financial hardship and socio-economic deprivation in the UK. Now, in 2023, we are thrilled to announce the public exhibition of the photographs created through the study. The ‘Cost of Dying’ exhibition will be re-opening at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow from mid-June. The researcher has invited poets to respond. The Scribblers met in the exhibition last week and wrote a poem inspired by some of the photographs.

Everything Goes Out Dancing by Pat Sutherland

Every aspiring poet has the desire to become the best they can be, and everyone can learn the technical aspects of the craft and become competent, but very few have the gift that raises their work to a higher level and Pat has this gift. She has the ability to observe the ordinary and transform it into the extraordinary plus a keen eye for the emotional detail that lifts a poem to a higher level.This is a collection that deserves a wide readership. Stephen Beattie

For over ten years I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of reading Pat’s poems, and I’ve published a few in anthologies such as Bundles of Bog Cotton and most recently Steps Spark Our Words. A few lines in her tribute poem to Morag Anderson could be about herself: Oh, no, she said, my life has been a gift, a wonderful gift. Pat’s poems are a gift of to us all – carefully crafted, keenly observed, sassy, loving and playful.There will be a book launch in June. Date to be confirmed. Let me know if you’d like an invitation.
Sukhema Butler

The Poet’s Way – Sunday 4th June 5:15pm for a 5:30 start

Hello dear Poetry Wayfarers- Sunday 4th June – zoom door opening at 5:15pm for a prompt start at 5:30 – ending around 9pm and with one short comfort break and a longer 30 to 40 minute break for refreshment and writing time. NB. This is an in-person hybrid event. If you’re within an hour of Glasgow, please come to the Glasgow Buddhist Centre: 72 Berkeley St (G3 7DS), sharing space with the Glasgow Unitarian Church. Bring four copies of a poem or if you’re joining on zoom please be prepared to screen share, your own or a favourite published poem.Awakening to the power of poems to compliment & enhance our spiritual practice. Inspired by Manjusvara’s book The Poet’s Way (Jane Hirshfield says “this book offers warm-hearted, step-by-step awakening into the possibilities and powers of poems”).

Please bring a poem to share – yours or a published poem you’d like to hear appreciated through a deep reading.

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: THE POET’S WAY
When: Jun 4, 2023 05:15 PM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The zoom link will open at 5:15 for a 5:30pm start. What seeds are you sowing now?