Angus writing events at Hospitalfield

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The rich legacy of poetry and prose writing within Angus, which continues to this day, is to be celebrated at Hospitalfield Arts this weekend.

Starting tomorrow (Saturday), a special weekend of events will focus on 1920s Montrose, which was the seat of a renaissance in thinking, art and writing with Violet Jacob and Marion Angus joining Christopher Grieve (Hugh McDiarmid), Fionn MacColla, Willa Muir, Edwin Muir and Helen Cruickshank alongside artists William Lamb and Edward Baird.

In 2015, the region continues to host many writers and story lines. Tomorrow’s programme will explore the historic and contemporary writers in Angus with talks, readings, discussions and workshops from Aimee Chalmers, James Roberson and Lisa Simmons.

James Robertson is the author of several short story and poetry collections, and has published five novels: The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, And the Land Lay Still, and The Professor of Truth.

Arts tutor at Hospitalfield, Lisa Simmons, will host a question-and-answer session with James. She told the Herald: “I’ll be discussing the craft of story-telling with this amazing and well-respected author.

“As well as his own novels and poetry, he is the man who put Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo into the Scots language.”

Asked what she was most looking forward to about the coming weekend, Lisa said: “The focus on Angus writers, based here in Angus, encompassing the past, the present and the future.”

Sunday’s equally-full programme will explore examples of art writing through performances, talks and discussions from Giles Bailey, Jenny Brownrigg and Maria Fusco.

For more detail about the Open Weekend visit