Writers enjoy surprising results at workshop

Lindsay Macgregor, who has been writing poetry for the past five years, conducted a poetry workshop with the Angus Writers’ Circle at its March meeting.

Lindsay has had poems published in ‘Gutter’, ‘New Writing Scotland’, ‘Poetry Scotland’, ‘Dundee Writes’ and ‘Northwords Now’. Her poetry, in collaboration with Leo Norris, has been displayed at StAnza and she won the Fife Bookfest Poetry Competition in 2012. She was also highly commended in last year’s William Soutar Poetry Competition.

She began by asking each member to comment on how they approach their writing and some of their difficulties. “Getting in the mood,” “finding the correct angle,” and “overcoming writer’s block,” were some of the problems mentioned.

Lindsay then introduced members to ‘The Sightseers’ by Paul Muldoon, and ‘If’ by Hanna Low. The two poems were discussed and Lindsay skilfully used the material and the members’ comments to illustrate and explain some of the many different ways and styles poets use to write verse.

The second half of the evening began by Lindsay asking members to write a few lines of verse on any subject that had made an impression on them. Then she asked them to read out what they had written. To their surprise the results were quite good.

The members who wrote a lot of poetry produced some lovely lines, but even those who did not write poetry regularly were encouraged to continue developing their emerging skill. David Wren, president, thanked Lindsay for showing that there is a poet inside everyone waiting to get out.

The writers’ circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month, 7.30-10 p.m., in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath. New members are welcome and details are available from Sandra Ireland on 01241 410346.