With the world about to mark the anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s bard Robert Burns, an East Kilbride pub is inviting the town’s poets to enter their poetry ‘slam’.
The Bonnie Prince Charlie in St Leonards, whose landlord Billy McLean is a fair poet himself, has kindly offered the pub as a venue.
A poetry slam is a live poetry competition. Forget the idea of timid poets mumbling their words from a raggy notebook, this is poetry as a competitive sport.
Rhymers, rappers, romantics and rude-boys (and girls) perform their poems to an audience and a panel of judges.
You’re going to get wit, passion, fun and - on occasion - fury.
All styles of poetry are welcome. Any member of the public can take part.
This is the first time a poetry slam has been held in The Bonnie Prince Charlie .
The prize money - and a wee buffet at the interval – promises the event should be a great night, the first of many, the organisers hope – and entertainment is guaranteed for both audience and the poets in the competition.
Robin Cairns will be the compere. Please let him know if you want to take part at email@example.com. The winner of The EK Poetry Slam will be invited to compete in the Scottish Poetry Slam finals at the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow in April.