25 January Event – Cupcake Coffeebox Kirkcaldy – Performers and Open Mic

Our next free event, open for everyone to attend, is in Kirkcaldy on 25 January 2018

We are delighted to announce that our forty-fifth event will start at 7.30 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m. on Thursday 25 January 2018 in the Cupcake Coffeebox in Kirkcaldy. The theme will be Burnsalicious. The doors open at 7.00 p.m. A bar is available.



David Cruikshanks

David is a war veteran turned award-winning photographer turned filmmaker. Not content with making films for businesses and charities he went back to university and studied for a Masters in Writing Television Fiction where he learned the art of television script writing from the industry’s finest writers. He loves to write short stories, poems and screenplays. He has performed some of his work recently on television and has grabbed the opportunity to act in several short films while he waits to become an overnight writing success. David lives in Kirkcaldy with his long suffering wife Rebecca and the luckiest dog in the world; a Cocker spaniel called Lucy. His accompanying photograph was taken on holiday, which should go some way to explaining the self-righteous grin. See David’s photography at http://digitalmediafife.smugmug.com/


Peter Jarvis

Peter’s ancestor’s are from an early-settler family in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. He was educated there and in South Africa and did postgraduate studies at St Andrews and Stirling Universities. He worked in African education in Zimbabwe and then in Fife for 25 years. His love of poetry was enhanced through teaching. In 2000 he returned to Africa (Botswana) in a team of British Council teachers and enjoyed a thorough immersion in African village life. There were two further postings – with VSO – in Namibia, as adviser and teacher. He works on StAnza’s planning committee and runs a fortnightly U3A poetry group.

David McDonald

David was born in St. Andrews and still lives in Fife. Educated in History, Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Dundee and the Open University, he is a poet, writer, performer and sometime producer as well as a co-facilitator for Fife Writes. He has written two poetry pamphlets, one chapbook and two poetry collections, the next one will begin in the new year. This is the official launch of his newly published collection “#WTF: HOW DID WE END UP HERE” and will read a few poems from that book.

Music will be provided by Jock Lamb and Lilian Brzoska Kennedy


Jock is a bass guitarist with local band Rockhammer, which was formed in 2006 from an amalgamation of well-known 70s musicians to mark the 120th anniversary of Kirkcaldy YMCA, and includes Stuart Beall and Richard Ligman. He also recently joined a classic Rock Music band called  The Dugzbawz (coming to a lamppost near you soon! ) with whom he played at The Wheatsheaf in Kirkcaldy on Christmas Eve 2017. He writes his own songs for performances with the acoustic guitar, and has helped arrange songs that Lilian both wrote and sings. Some performances of these were uploaded to the CBAL Sound Cloud site.


Lilian, Roughcast Music Theatre’s co-founder and theatre Director, will bring her folk singer out to play. She has sung with Ewan McVicar who wrote songs for her, has learned songs from Dick Gaughan and writes songs herself. She has performed with Howard Purdie, the Innerleithen poet, in ” Freedom Song,” which they co-wrote and premièred in the Old Calton Cemetry at the Edinburgh Festival, before touring the Scottish Borders. She also sang as part of shared poetry and music performances with poet Alan Jackson as well as with various musicians in Folk Clubs around Scotland. She often sings accapella but has been know to strum a guitar or to sing with Jock and other fine Kirkcaldy musicians…She is an improvisational troubadour poet, who might encourage you to hum along or even sing a chorus or two. Find out more about Lilian here www.silverbirchproductions.co.uk

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 welcome to attend 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

The Cupcake Coffebox is located at 207 to 217 High Street, Kirkcaldy – see Cupcake website. Car parking is available on-street and in Council car parks. Please note that a bar now available.

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