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Kenneth Steven Advises Poets to Take Sanctuary

The Reading Room (Seòmar Leughaidh)

GE DIGITAL CAMERAIn a quiet corner within Skeabost Country House Hotel, on April 28, poet/writer, Kenneth Steven, told a group of poets to find what he calls ‘cloister time’:  ‘To be able to write in a totally unselfconscious way, it is best to have untrammeled time. Establish a place of quiet. Take the time–draw on the time you are most inspired, as a lark or owl.’


Can you call yourself a poet if you haven’t been published? ‘Many poets choose not to publish.’

Kenneth applied in triplicate to the Writers’ Union of Iceland, and won a place to write in a cabin, in the ‘far reaches of Iceland’. His intention was to concentrate on Celtic Christian hermits, but the location was too isolated for his comfort. Instead, he stayed on, ‘near the hot spring activity’–a self-professed lover of these–where he wound up writing his novel, Glen Lion.


The Reading Room books sales…

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The Reading Room on Cuillin FM

In case you missed it last Friday and Sunday (or in case you listened and want to hear the stories and poems again), the winners of this year’s Baker Prize, along with interviews and music, will air again at 2:00pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Thanks again to Charlotte, who hosts the radio program, and to all the organizers of The Reading Room on the Isle of Skye, and The Baker Prize.

You can lifestream the show here:

Women’s Aid

This is a follow-on to yesterday’s reblog of Council House Publishing’s post. Here’s The Thorn Tree, getting ready to head across the water to Women’s Aid in Elgin. Hope readers there find a home in this book’s pages as they rebuild homes within themselves. Thanks to Council House Publishing for the original post and idea.
The Thorn Tree for Women's Aid

Interview with Stephen G. Eoannou

Interview with Stephen G. Eoannou.

Women’s Aid and books.

I’m putting copies of The Thorn Tree in the post in the morning. Thanks for this wonderful suggestion.


We left the Isle of Skye three months ago. On 5th January we loaded car and van with no real clue where we were going or how we would get there. I had plans in place but with all the Councils and Estate Agencies  closed for Christmas it was impossible to really be sure. I knew we had the use of a caravan high on a hill for as long as we needed. I knew Moray Council knew we were coming. I knew Women’s Aid knew we were coming.

Because of the circumstances, we were offered refuge in the Women’s Aid shelter in either Dingwall or Elgin, but the dog and the cat couldn’t come. They would have had to have been fostered out. I couldn’t have coped with that. I couldn’t have put Niamhy-Woof, my 15 year old lab/ collie cross and most loyal friend into foster care. So…

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Sundays at 2 (tomorrow): Author in the Galleries

Many thanks to the folks at the Greenville County Museum of Art for inviting me to read. The event will take place in the gallery that in which photographer Owen Riley’s work is currently exhibited. I’ll be making connections between  text and image, people and place. Details below.
Mar 22, 2015

Sundays at 2: Author in the Galleries

2 pm – 3 pm

Join local author Heather Marshall as she reads excerpts from her most recent book, The Thorn Tree, along with short selections from other Celtic writers. Listeners will be invited to make connections between the words and visual images in the gallery.

All Sundays at 2 programs are free and are presented by Duke Energy.

420 College Street, Greenville SC 29601

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Write to the Heart

First day of Spring, sunshiny and lovely here in South Carolina. After you get a little sun on in the morning, come on in to North Main Yoga and Write to the Heart.

 Write to the Heart with Heatherthistle for write to the heart

March 21, 2015 @ North Main

Write to the Heart: The Story of Your Life as A Heart-Centered Pilgrimage.  Whether you are walking in to work, to your home, to the coffee shop, everything in your life is created as a result of who you are at your core, at your heart. Every time you step into a space, you bring more than what’s needed for the next item on your calendar, you bring yourself. You’re on a pilgrimage of sorts; each moment is an intersection of hopes and fears and challenges. Each moment offers us the opportunity to meet it at the heart.

Using image as inspiration and creative writing as a tool, participants will explore where they are on their pilgrimage, reconnect with the heart center that drives that pilgrimage and see where they would like to journey next.

Class includes gentle movement and writing.  No experience in yoga or writing is needed.

Bring a journal / paper and pen.

Cost: $20
Time: 2-4pm