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In The Reading Room This Week...

In The Reading Room This Week...

Friday 24th February 2012

The Reading Room Radio Show - 17 & 24 February


Apologies for the delay in posting this month’s information - Charlotte has been struck down with the deadly lurgy that’s been doing the rounds!


The Baker Prize Special

This months show featured the winners of the English Prose, Heather Magruder, and the Gaelic Poetry, Niall Gordan, sections reading their entries, as well as the Highly Commended short story from Jane Verberg, in the English Prose section.

If you’d like more information on the winners, you can visit the following websites:

Heather Magruder

Heather also has a short story due for publication in the next edition of Northwords Now.

Niall Gordan

Competitions/Courses/Literary Events

The Dundee International Book Prize has established itself as the UK’s premier prize for debut novelists. The £10,000 cash award together with publication, make The Dundee International Book Prize highly valued by tomorrow’s great new writers seeking to break into the publishing world. The award, now running for the eighth time, is for an unpublished novel on any theme and in any genre.
The closing date for entries is 1.00pm, March 1st 2012.
All submissions should be made to

For more info go to

Gaelic Poetry Writing Course will be held at Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre (near Inverness) on April 23 – 28. The cost is £100 for accommodation, food and tuition. Bursaries are available from the Gaelic Books Council. To apply for a bursary, please send an email to Rosemary Ward, Gaelic Books Council,
There will be a maximum of 12 students.
To book a place on this unique course, contact Moniack Mhor: Phone: 01463741675

Developing Your Spoken Voice Workshop: Poets in the Highlands and Islands have the chance to develop their live performance skills in March through a workshop being held in March in Inverness.
The workshop, which is open to poets living and working in the Highlands and Islands with some publication / performance track record, is free but booking is essential. Led by poets Jenny Lindsay and Pauline Prior-Pitt, and promoter Peggy Hughes, the workshop will be packed with practical information and advice – with tips on everything from how to develop your own style and control your nerves to how to prepare for an event, and there will be lots of practical exercises and plenty of time for discussion.
The workshop takes place from 1.30pm-5.30pm, on Saturday 10th March, 2012 at Anam Cara, Inverness.
HI~Arts is also offering poets living in the Islands wishing to attend financial assistance with the cost of travel and accommodation. Please contact Peter Urpeth, HI~Arts Writing Development Coordinator at: to book a place or for more information on the event.

Sleat Creative Writing Group: Padraig MacAiodh, the Writer-in-Residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig is running a fortnightly creative writing group in the Fas building of the college. It is open to everyone, inside and outside the college, who writes at any level and in any language. It is free of charge.
The next meeting is Thursday 23 February at 6pm.
For more information, email

Seomar Leughaidh/The Reading Room monthly event takes place on Thursday 23 February from 7.00p.m. at the Skeabost Hotel. We are welcoming Andy Jackson from Dundee, the winner of the English Poetry section of the Baker Prize and Richard Neath, founder member of the Reading Room. The event is free to Seomar Leughaidh members and £3 to non-members. Food and drink is available at the hotel and doesn't need to be booked in advance. Please remember that the entry roads to the Hotel are not in great condition, so drive slowly.

We have news about March’s Reading Room – you will want to put Friday 30 March’s event in your diary now! We have Bernard MacLaverty coming to read at the Skeabost Hotel. Thanks to Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Bernard will be at Sleat on the 29th and will be coming to the Reading Room at Skeabost Hotel on the 30th. We are delighted to welcome the distinguished author of novels Cal, Lamb, the Booker Prize shortlisted Grace Notes and The Anatomy School; and his collections of Short Stories, the most recent being A Matter of Life and Death – we anticipate a large audience…………not really surprising!

Find out more at
Or the Reading Room Facebook page at

And finally, the Very, Very, Very Short Story Challenge – keep those 6 word stories coming in. Send them to - thanks to those courageous writers who’ve been sending me their stories. More on the next show…………