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Poets Assemble to Celebrate the Life of George McKay Brown

The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy is commemorating the centenary of George McKay Brown this Friday, as part of Culture Perth and Kinross’s Soutar Festival of Words.

A short film honouring the life of George McKay Brown will be shown with poets from near and far reciting their work.

Perthshire poet, Jim Mackintosh explained: “It’s a wonderful coming together of two things. I’m the co-editor of a book of poetry and essays that was published in the autumn of last year to coincide with the centenary of the birth of George McKay Brown. He’s a Scottish treasure really, he’s one of great Scotland’s greatest writers really. And we are going to be showing a film called Storm Watchers.”

The film’s director, Gerda Stevenson is starting the night with an introduction to the film to be followed by a brief Q&A afterwards.

Following the screening, Jim Mackintosh, Laura Fyfe, John Glenday, Julie McNeil and Morag Anderson will be choosing from a selection of their work as part of a series of poetry readings after the film and Q & A.

Mr Mackintosh added: “You have the wonderful, award winning and serially published, poets of John Glenday, who’s as a well-known name.

“You’ve got Julie McNeil, who is the makar of St. Mirren FC, it’s one of her glorious titles. You’ve got Laura Fyfe who is the Makar for Stirling, and you have Morag Anderson who is from Aberfeldy, who has just recently published her first pamphlet to great acclaim.

“All of them have written poetry for the book called Beyond the Swelkie. So, they’re all in that with their own writings that they have done.

“So, you’ve got a little kind of top and tail of the event with some poetry. And just to top all that, we have the wonderful Dave McFarland musician who’s going to come and play the fiddle a couple of times.”

The evening is starting at 6:45pm on Friday 22nd of April at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.

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