Festival Fortnight- Scottish Book Trust

1st May 2018

Festival Fortnight- Scottish Book Trust

Three brilliant Scottish Book Trust events!

Thanks to the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Scheme Festival Fortnight 2018 is proud to present three brilliant events! 

To start off on Saturday 2nd, poet Rachel Plummer explores Scottish myths and legends with an LGBT+ twist in this active and interactive storytelling session for children aged 6 - 12 and their families. Rachel Plummer is a poet from Edinburgh, where she lives with her two young children and too many books.

Rachel Plummer  is a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award recipient and has won or been placed in competitions including the Troubadour, Magic Oxygen and Ouse Washes poetry prizes. She has had poems in magazines including The Dark Horse, Mslexia and The Stinging Fly.

In 2016 she received a cultural commission from LGBT History Month Scotland to write a collection of children’s poems re-imagining LGBT versions of traditional Scottish folk stories. She has a pamphlet of sci-fi poetry, The Parlour Guide to Exo-Politics, currently available from House Press

To find out more and register for this event go to

The second event Festival Fortnight X Scottish Book Trust brings you is on Sunday 3rd,  LGBTQ+ people are invited to join performer, poet and ‘general doer of things’ Harry Giles for an outdoor writing session in Galashiels.

Get your ideas flowing and explore the Galashiels countryside with a short walk followed by some creative writing.

Harry says: 'Sometimes it's hard to be visibly different and queer in rural places, and LGBTQ+ folk often feel like they can only be themselves in the city. So let's take up some outdoor space together, and have a think and a write about what it means to be queer in a landscape.'

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And finally on Wednesday 13th, the fantastic Performance poet Colin McGuire presents a spoken word set focused on masculinity, the body and sexuality within a sport setting followed by a Q&A and social. His performances are always passionate, humorous, with a poetry that is full of colour and surreality.

Check out his event here

Written on 1st May 2018.