I am delighted that quarterly magazine, The Caterpillar (child of literary mag The Moth) will be publishing one of my poems – A Cat Is NOT For Christmas – in their winter edition. It’s such a beautiful magazine, one of the few still appearing in print and the only one I know of that specializes in children’s literature. It looks like I’ll be sharing the covers with some exceptionally playful poets and word weavers.
It’s the Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) ‘Winter Warmer’ at the Ha’penny House down below the Botanical Gardens. I’ll be showing my support for these good folk by reading a few home-made children’s poems, including When Santa Went Out One Halloween (aka…We Wish You A Scary Christmas)
Book Week Scotland! This year the theme was ‘Rebel’ and I was in Knightswood Primary School in Glasgow, reading a few Rebel related poemss. (including one specially written fro the occasion) What a wonderful bunch of children they all and what a book loving school!
Also, as part of Book Week Scotland, I’ll be in HMP Shotts with book publisher, editer and writer Allan Cameron of Vagabond Voices. We will be continuing our work editing an anthology of prison writing, which will be published next year. I’m particularly proud of this project, as I was creative writing lecturer at HMP Shotts for several years, a period of great creativity in my life.
Looking forward to exploring Rites of Passage in rural Cumbria with Dead Good Guides. (That’s Sue Gill and John Fox, who in a previous incarnation were known as the inspirational Welfare State International) I’m fully expecting to journey outwith my cosy wee comfort zone. Thank you Creative Scotland for your support!
I’ll be facilitating another Words Work Well Bibliotherapy workshop on the subject of reading and writing with prisoners. Once again it’s called Bedtime Stories for Beginners (If you can be bothered, that’s also a link my article of the same title.)
The Monster and Mary Shelley have temporarily shuffled off into the sunset after their successful tour of the Scottish Highland and Islands came to an end at Lyth Arts in beautiful Caithness. However, the feedback has been so positive that The Occasion are already looking to re-animate them in 2019 and take it to venues in England, Ireland, and a few more in Scotland.
Thank you director Pete Clerke, performer Catherine Gillard, Composer (and voice of ‘The Monster’ Rich Williams, designer Ali Maclaurin, lighting designer Paul Froy and production manager Davy O’Neill for bring it to life so successfully.
Reviews of The Monster and Mary Shelley
“Stewart Ennis’ captivating script sparkles, weaving the contemporary with the classical. There’s high melodrama, horror and a huge dose of comedy. Catherine Gillard delivers a tour de force performance as Mary. Switching from child to teenage rebel to adult dealing with love, lust and loss. This is a well-judged piece of writing …quick, modern and witty prose. ” The Review Hub
“Like its subject, Stewart Ennis’ script is a multi-faceted gothic collage that gives vent to the assorted voices in Mary’s head … a vivid cut-up of psychological light and shade that gets to the dark heart of the creative urge within. The Herald
“Electrifying theatre! Ennis’ script is profound and compelling. His themes of love, loss, place and identity are delivered with empathy and understanding; often dark but punctuated at intervals with spells of bright humour to bring light to the mood. Catherine Gillard puts on a convincing and spell-binding performance as the charismatic Mary” SEAL
“…a fascinating and hilarious contemporary look back at Mary Shelley’s creation of Frankenstein. … a wonderfully engaging show … Catherine Gillard is utterly entrancing.” The Wee Review
“The teentastic-Georgia-Nicolson-style retelling of how Shelley lost her virginity at her mother’s graveside is stand-out hilarious.” Aunty Pat’s Film, Theatre & Telly Zine
“The script is a stonker!” Enthusiastic audience member
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Fed up reading? Here’s a short soundcloud interview I did on Radio Saltire.