Craigmillar Writers Group, Scotland

Craigmillar scotland
Jewel Miners Club 56 Duddingston Park South Edinburgh, EH15 3LJ

Craigmillar Writers Group are proud to present in the first two months of 2013 two extraordinary filmed events leading up to celebrating World Community Arts Day on the February 17 2013. In January our special guest artist is Glaswegian Poet now based in Edinburgh Colin McGuire and Open Mic Night.

JANUARY 16 2013

Colin McGuire is our special guest artist for January at the Jewel Miners Club Scottish evening in honour of our great Bard Robert (Rabbie) Burns.
McGuire: A thin 29 year old Glaswegian man, touch giddy in the head, sometimes poet of mangled form and dirty prose, sporadic drummer, drunk grammarian, waffler, painter using crayons, lover, hater, learner, teacher, pedestrian, provocateur, wanderer, confronter of shadows, irritating whine. He mines the dark regions of Scottish Culture and Psychology.

He has read widely in Scotland and England. Produced a collection of poetry and short stories – Riddle With Errors – and is currently writing another for release with Red Squirrel Press in late 2013. Find out more at: http://a-glaswegian.blogspot.co.uk/

ECHOES – 7.30 – 8.30 PM – THEN RAFFLE – COLIN MCGUIRE – 9.00 PM – THEN OPEN MIC 9.30 PM – 11.00 PM!

Passions are running high as a community group protest against the proposed closure of their school and stage a play to voice their concerns. The City of Edinburgh Council want to close Castlebrae High School in Craigmillar, saying it costs too much to run.

They started a consultation on the closure in October, saying it costs more than twice the city average to run the school. exam results are also well below the national average and just 21 pupils were enrolled in first year this term.

Local residents want it to stay open, saying it is a vital service used by local groups and provides adult education classes.

They have now written ECHOES, a play which voices their concern and frustration at the council’s proposals.

If the closure goes ahead, the school will shut next summer with pupils transferred to other nearby schools.

FEBRUARY 13 2013 we are so excited our Finale stars our special guest artist born in the east now Glaswegian based Viv Gee and a whole host of extraordinary masters and locals of the spoken word at the Jewel Club for an anti-valentine night.

Poet, Stand-Up and actor Viv Gee has previously appeared along with John Cooper Clark, John Hegley and Henry Rollins. She has also performed poetry for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC 5 Live, STV and BBC Stand-Up Show Open Mic. Other TV and radio includes Lorraine Kelly’s Make Me Happier STV, Stake Out, Hedz, River City, Revolver, The Key, Velvet Soup, Comedy Café and Velvet Cabaret all for BBC.

Her new six part sketch show “ The Gates” in which she wrote and performed has just finished a run on BBC Radio Scotland.

Poems have appeared in Rebel Inc, Cutting Teeth, Hidden City and on the Glasgow Underground.

A veteran of the Scottish stand-up circuit she has also compered T in the Park, The May Day Celebrations, The Longest Day, Glasgow’s Hogmanay in George Square to name a few.

“Simply a genius” Scotland on Sunday

“So sharp she could cut herself” Edinburgh Evening News

“Poetess extraordinaire” The Face

“F***ing Flawless” Henry Rollins

Register for Open Mic from 7pm at the door. Open Mic Slots 5/10 mins.
Suggested donation for all events £3.

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