Event on 19 October in Markinch

Our next free event, open for everyone to attend, is in Markinch on 19 October 2017

We are delighted to announce that our forty-third event will start at 7.30 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m. on Thursday 19 October 2017 in Banner’s House Hotel in Markinch. The theme will be Fife Writes Banner’s House. The doors open at 7.00 p.m. A bar is available.


Lindsay MacGregor

Lindsay lives near Cupar in Fife. She co-hosts Platform, a regular music and poetry night at Ladybank Station.  Lindsay was a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award in 2015 and a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2017. Her pamphlet The Weepers was published by Calder Wood Press.

Ian Nimmo White

Ian was born in Paisley and holds a BA from Dundee University and a professional diploma from Jordanhill College. His career was in youth and community service from 1972 until 2007.  He was accepted onto the Writers’ Register of Scotland in 2001 as a poet published in both English and Scots and edited Fife Lines poetry magazine from 1998 to 2003. In 2010 he headed up a successful campaign to raise memorials to the victims of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster of 1879. The two memorials were put in place at Riverside, Dundee, and Wormit Bay in Fife in 2013, and a few lines of his poetry were engraved on the stones below the names of the victims. He continues to work in heritage and genealogy, is still in the Live Literature Scotland scheme and visits primary schools to help youngsters with the reading, understanding and writing of poetry.

Susan Haigh

Susan has been writing short stories for more than twenty years, published in many literary journals in the UK and in America. Her poetry has appeared in Gutter Magazine, Northwords Now, StAnza Map of Scotland in Poems and has been exhibited on the west coast of Scotland. She also regularly reviews new poetry collections and novels and  interviews writers for a number of journals, both online and in print. At the age of 70 she graduated M.Litt., with Distinction, in Creative Writing at Dundee University. She loves her house in Creich, Fife, where she lives with her husband, Pete,  and dog. They spend many months each in their cave-house in the Loire Valley. She is writing her second novel Martha McEwan, set in New York and St Petersburg.

Kyle Cuthbert

Music will be provided by Kyle Cuthbert. He is a writer, singer and guitarist from Fife. His lyrics dive into the coldest depths of introspection with melodies that are often gilded with a comforting pop shimmer. His guitar playing is built on a myriad of inspiration, bridging gaps between alt-rock, shoegaze, jazz and traditional folk. His voice steps between sweet softness and bitter growling. This contrast staves off any accusations of being a twee ‘let’s weave daffodils through our wicker tandem and ride out to gather feathers to fill those organic pillows we’ve been making for each other’ folkster. His latest release ‘Learning to be a Plant’ is available at https://kylecuthbert.bandcamp.com/releases Listen to Kyle on YouTube here

Open Mic

We invite you to apply for one of the 3 Open Mic slots of 5 minutes, on offer. There will also be one reserve slot. For those wishing to take part – your talent may, typically, be as a comedian, musician, novelist or short story writer, performer, poet, scriptwriter or singer and your ability can be from beginner to professional. Please supply a single sentence that describes your performance.

Members and friends and the public are cordially invited to our free event

If you are not a member then why not join – it’s free. Come along to the event, enjoy yourself and join there.

Location and Car Parking

Banner’s House Hotel is located at 1 High Street, Markinch – see website. Car parking is available on-street. The railway station is a 2 minute walk away and there is a bus stop 30 yards away.

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