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Monday, September 13, 2010

exhibition at the Hidden Lanes Gallery, Glasgow

opened on 10th September with a lovely party. This was Jewish New Year (I read the calendar wrong when I agreed the start date) so we have another evening reception coming up on Wednesday 6th October at 5 p.m. The exhibition looks fantastic and there are more sculptures on show than we've seen before anywhere in the last ten years since I've been involved in this project. The space is wonderful. We have poetry workshops coming up - it's all going very nicely. See and

Info on the poetry workshops -


The first Hannah Frank Poetry Competition attracted over 500 entries and the winning poems are exhibited at the exhibition, with the drawings which inspired them. To continue this momentum, we have invited poet William Bonar and creative media tutor Catherine Wallace and colleagues into the gallery to run a selection of poetry workshops for adults and children.

Free, all welcome. There are 16 places at each workshop. Please book your place by phoning the gallery on 0141 204 3139.

ADULT WORKSHOPS – open to all, no experience necessary

Tuesday 14th September 2-3.30 with Catherine Wallace and colleagues from the Routes Into Learning project)

Tuesday 5th October 2-3.30 with Catherine Wallace and colleagues

Saturday 30th October (Hannah Frank and the Scottish Border Ballads), 2-4 p.m. with William Bonar from St Mungo’s Mirrorball Poets’ Network


Tuesday 26th October (primary schools 11-12, secondary schools 1-2) with William Bonar

Schools, creative writing groups, art groups and others are welcome to book a slot in the gallery for their group to do some creative work inspired by the exhibition. There is a seating area for up to 16 people.

To book your slot or for more information phone the gallery on 0141 204 3139.

See over for more information on the workshops and tutors



Catherine Watt and Routes Into Learning.

Catherine Watt will be working with volunteers Avril Graham, Sandra Holmes and Pauline Green. Catherine manages the Routes into Learning project on behalf of John Wheatley College and Routes Out Services. Catherine has an Honours Degree in Media specialising in Film and Art and a Post Graduate Diploma in Screen Studies. She uses her experience to support vulnerable women to engage in using a range of creative media. Since the project was established almost six years ago they have held a variety of exhibitions of art and photography, performances of poetry and published a book 'A rose by any other name ...' to great acclaim in 2006. The project has also won a number of awards, most recently volunteer, Avril Graham, won the Overall Regional Learner of the Year Award from Scotland's Learning Partnership. The group will be running two open workshops demonstrating some of the techniques they have used to create their own poetry, on Tuesday 14th September and on Tuesday 5 October both from 2pm to 3.30pm. They are also hosting a closed workshop for some of the women they currently support on Friday 1 October from 2pm to 3.30pm.

William Bonar from St Mungo's Mirrorball Poets' Network.

William Bonar’s poetry has been widely published, most recently in Gutter 02 and Anon Seven. His pamphlet, Frostburn Steel, was published in 2004 by Dreadful Night Press. In 2008 he was awarded an MLitt in Creative Writing by Glasgow University. He used to teach English and still works in education. He'll be running two poetry workshops: one, for schools, on Tuesday 26th October, and one for adults on Saturday 30th October.
The workshop on Tuesday 26th October will be in two parts - 11-12 (primary) and 1-2 (secondary). There are only sixteen places for each event so schools will need to book in. It's expected that a school might send two or three talented poets, with a teacher, to one of these sessions.

The workshop on Saturday 30th October, the last day of the exhibition, will be on the theme of the Scottish Border Ballads and Hannah Frank. 2-4 p.m. Some of Hannah Frank's drawings share with the Border Ballads a sense of the supernatural, and the oddness of existence. The workshop will explore narrative forms of poetry inspired by the drawings of Hannah Frank, in in the tradition of the Scottish Border Ballads. To close the exhibition some participants will be invited to read their poems.

Schools – and other groups - are also invited to book a slot to bring up to 16 pupils to work on poems or sketches inspired by the drawings of Hannah Frank, at any time throughout the exhibition.

To book at any of these events or for more information

phone the gallery on 0141 204 3139.

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