Callander Poetry Weekend Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016 -- Kings Bookshop Callander FK17 8BQ

Final programme as on 1 September

Thursday 1st September

Early Bird Reading 8.30 - 10 pm
There will be people around by this time so we thought we'd gather after supper in the bookshop for readings and talk about more of your poetry work, with possible adjournment to the Crags Hotel bar

Friday 2nd September.
Visits to Corbenic Poetry Path from 11 a.m. A good number have already indicated they are going to this - and we can help fix lifts. It's a few miles off the A9 if you are coming south from Inverness area, also accessible from Crieff via the Sma Glen. Postcode PH8 ODY, website

Jon Plunkett will welcome visitors at the building nearest the start of the path, up the drive to Corbenic first on the left coming from Amulree, second on the right coming from Dunkeld. A look at Google Earth will sort this out. From the other car park you can walk up through the trees to the building.

Lifts available from Callander to Corbenic Friday from the shop (10am)

Callander from 3.30 pm (still Friday) Bookshop.
4pm afternoon readings with A C Clarke, Finola Scott,
Lucinda Carey, Derek Parkes
5 pm Ann MacKinnon, MR Baird, Margaret Christie, Kathleen Kenney, Jock Stein
6 pm opening party

7 pm evening readings Anne Connolly, Andy Allan, Elizabeth Rimmer, Chris Powici, Sheila Wakefield, Kemal Houghton
8 pm Scotia Extremis with Andy Jackson and others
8.30 Monica Manolachi, visiting from B U in Bucharest, with Neil Leadbeater, launching their BU books Joining the Dots (MM) Sleeve Notes (NL)
9pm Simon Fletcher -- Offa's poets. Maureeen Weldon and Paul Beech
Ron and Sally Williams -- Lancashire dialect
Paraig MacNeil

Saturday 3rd September
10 am Kirk Hall
10-5pm Tables for books in Hall
10.20 - 12.30 readings
10.15 - 11.15 Catriona Knapman, Alan Gay, Angela Topping, John Bolland, Morelle Smith, Ian Blake
11. 15 coffee break
11.40 - 12.30 Carolyn Richardson, Roderick Manson, Renita Boyle, Edwin Stockdale

12.30 Hall Lunch

1.30 Short Film of Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Day by Carolyn Richardson with intro by Sally Evans
1. 50 Kevin Cadwallender with House of 3: Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Jane Bonnyman &Tessa Berring
2. 30 Readings: Judith Taylor, Andy Jackson, Jon Plunkett, Mandy Macdonald, Eileen Carney Hulme, John Mackie

3.30 tea break
3.50 Red Squirrel Superlaunch: Hazel Buchan Cameron, David Costello, Sheila Templeton and Angela Topping

4.30  Lesley Traynor
4.45 pm  Margaret Gillies Brown with her new book Ilka Sprin

Saturday Evening (bookshop)
5.30 pm supper

6.30 Rita Bradd
6.45 Handfast: Ruth Aylett and Beth McDonough
7.00 Janet Crawford & Rose Ritchie
7.10 Tannahill: a short introduction to the Robert Tannahill Poetry Competition

7.25 Read Raw poets: Wullie Purcell, George W Colkitto, Mo Blake
8.05 Helen McLaren, Eveline Pye.

8.30pm Ian Maxtone presents his Word Exchange in which you are invited to read another poet's poem (bring a printed copy of one of your own poems, it will be swapped to another reader).
9.15 Readings by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
, Kevin Cadwallender, Katharine MacFarlane, Ian Maxtone, David Costello, Janine Pinion
Sheena Blackhall

Sunday 4th September

10.00 - 10.30 Friendship Garden (bookshop if wet)
Premier: Ira Lightman recites his poem Goose, which will be preceded by a relevant extract from Gavin Douglas' Eneados read by Judith Taylor?
11.00 Bookshop: Fred Beake will introduce William Carlos Williams, political poet.
11.15 Sally Evans will speak very briefly on Aidan Andrew Dun's political poem Unholyland.
11.20 discussion on politics and poetry: satire and protest. bring examples, contemporary if you like.

12.30 lunch (bookshop)
Readings 1.30- 4pm
1.30- 2.40

Rachel Stooke, Sally Evans, Fred Beake, Helen Boden, Gwen McKerrill, John Coutts
2.50 - 4pm Ray Evans, Ian King, Irene Cunninghame, Charlie Gracie, Magi McGlynn