The Big Burns Supper is on it's way - 25th to 27th January (that's next week...), so it's time to start planning your weekend. Here are a couple of events that will be taking place to get you started... for more information head to the BBS website here.
1.Red Rose - White Rose
One of the more unusual events in the Big Burns Supper Festival is the musically illustrated reading of Red Rose - White Rose. The text, written by Powfoot writer, Vivien Jones, is adapted from a short story in her latest collection, White Poppies. The story explores how James IV’s wife, Queen Margaret and his mistress, Janet share the experience of loving a powerful man. Vivien said: “Margaret’s currency is her fertility, Janet’s her undemanding demeanour - both stand to lose much as men all over Scotland go to battle on the bare moor of Flodden with their king. In the meantime the women are comforted by music that expresses their fleeting joys and sorrows.”
Red Rose-White Rose is at the Hopkin Room, Theatre Royal on Saturday, January 26 at 4.00pm. Booking at www.bigburnssupper.com on 0800 689 9405 or at 28 Munches Street,
Burns and the Spoken Word - Coach and Horses
2. Poetry Slam. (Saturday 26 at 1.00pm)
There is the chance for poets who like to perform to compete for the title of Big Burns Supper Slam Master at a poetry slam. Poets are given three minutes to perform their work with the winners of the first round going through to compete in the next with a second poem. Participants don’t pay to compete in the slam but they need to register by calling Rachel Jury on 07811 394 058.
Audience members can book tickets through the BBS box office on 0800 689 9405.
3. (Sunday 27 at 3.00pm) Three of the region’s poets Chrys Salt, Donald Adamson
and Mary Smith will be reading from their latest and forthcoming collections. Chrys,
artistic director of the Bakehouse arts venue will read from Grass with its central poem
about ‘outsider artist’ Angus MacPhee. Prize-winning poet Donald will read from Coiled
Roots – and may add a Burnsian touch – while Mary reads from her debut collection
Thousands Pass Here Every Day.
4. For all ages of aspiring poets there is the opportunity to get into a Burns-inspired Fankle with pen, paper, scissors and glue. Fankle is a quirky quarterly publication for writers in the region. The event will be run by local writers Sally Hinchcliffe, who edits the Fankle and poet JoAnne McKay.
Tickets available from the box office on 0800 689 9405 or from 28 Munches Street,
5. Local singer/songwriter, Aiden Halliday, returns to Kings, along with the band Sticks and Stones, to present an exciting gig, as a part of the Big Burns Supper festival.
For more information head to the Kings Coffee facebook page here