Under the theme of ‘Education & Heritage Skills in the Galloway Glens’ we are delighted to support our project partners at GCAT in introducing Jane McBeth, the new Ken Words Project Co-ordinator. The Ken Words project is a writing project that seeks to provide creative openings and hold supportive spaces for people who live in or visit the Galloway Glens area to produce, perform and publish poems and prose which are rooted in and grow from its communities and landscape.
The value of ‘poetic response’ to place and landscape is at the heart of the project but it’s not a poetry project, nor a ‘literary’ one. ‘Poetic’ refers more to the quality of attention given to noticing and to words.
Whilst this is the well-spring of Ken Words, the project is not only to do with writing about place and landscape – it’s also about encouraging people who want to write to explore and develop the processes of writing as part of what it means for them to be alive, living here, now. And following from that, what it can be to give free rein to the enjoyment of sharing writing with others, in conversation and performance.
So. . . as a catalyst, Ken Words organises… monthly Writers’ Cafés which provide a supportive place to meet for writing-focused conversation, discussion of work-in-progress, or just to write, and to which anyone who wants to write is welcome… seasonal writer-led walks and workshops… and occasional readings and in-conversation events with visiting writers who can inspire with a sense of place and landscape from elsewhere…
Forthcoming activities and events include:
Glenkens Writers’ Café at CatStrand
2nd Thursday of the month (next one 14th February) 7 – 9pm
Kirkcudbright Writers’ Café
Wee Bar, Selkirk Arms – 1st Thursday of the month from 7th MARCH, 7 – 9pm
Spring Poetry Walk with Alan McClure at Barhill Wood
Sunday 28th April, 2 – 4.30pm
For more Information please contact Jane McBeth on the details below:
T: 016444 420 374
PHOTO CREDIT: JANE McBETH, KEN WORDS