GW's Witterings

GW's Witterings

NHS Paisley writers group

BeginningsPosted by GW Sun, October 04, 2015 19:59:00
Have been assisting with a writers group that meets in Paisley library. It started in March this year and so we have now completed six months. Some hard work but a lot of great fun with wonderful people. There is to be a poetry walk this month as part of the RMHAFF(Renfrewshire as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival) so the group has painted a banner for outside the Observatory. Read Raw ltd has also been painting a banner with a quote from Maya Angelou - My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style. If you get a chance have a walk round paisley and see these poetry banners and many more created by other groups.

St Monans 2015

BeginningsPosted by GW Sun, August 09, 2015 11:48:09
Back from a few days in East Neuk of Fife. Campervan and tent with Wullie Purcell and Mo Blake and Rufus, the bearded collie. Mo was appearing in the Mill Girls on Tour at the Pittenweem Arts Festival and dog sitting. Everything went well - show a success and dog settled. Bought a print at the Arts festival so now to get it framed and hung. Met up with the other Read Rawer, Ian Hunter and family. BBQ at their rented cottage was a highlight of the few days. As ever after a holiday I seem to need another to recover.

Shetland, Orkney and more

BeginningsPosted by GW Mon, July 06, 2015 12:02:53
Back from a trip to Shetland, Orkney and then a writing course at Moniack Mhor. Had not been to Shetland since I was a lad and I enjoyed every minute. The ancient houses at Jarlshoff were an inspiration, the National Trust have done a great job with the commentary as you go round and I had the place largely to myself which meant I could wander freely. The Broch at Moussa was another great day. Went from Shetland to Orkney for the poetry at Stromness. Met up with Jen and Pam who had another success with this years writers and the event in the Stromness Hotel. Finished of the holiday at Moniack for a poetry course, friendly group and wonderful food.


BeginningsPosted by GW Fri, June 12, 2015 14:11:06
I now have the poetry pamphlet from the printers. There will be a launch but where and when? Life is full of decisions

Mill Girls

BeginningsPosted by GW Sat, May 23, 2015 09:34:12
Mo Blake, good friend and fellow director of Read Raw, is in the show Mill Girls about the Paisley sewing-cotton industry. Went to their show in Clydebank on Thursday. This is revised version of a previous production and I enjoyed the first version but was blown away with the new one; great poetry, singing and performances from the four girls. If the show comes your way go and see it.


BeginningsPosted by GW Wed, May 20, 2015 09:18:33
Sorry for the gap in postings but when the website was reorganised I lost the blog and could not figure out how to fix.
Had a great day up at the Tinkers' Heart in Argyll on the 16th May. Poetry and singing of top quality. Was delighted to be commended in the Haibun Competition judged by Colin Will as this was the first time I had tried the form.
Have assisted in the setting up of a writing group in Paisley for those who have experienced Mental health problems. Having fought with depression since Margaret's death nine years ago I believe that writing can help. Nine weeks in there is a good atmosphere and each memeber is very supportive of the others.
Have decided to bring out a poetry pamphlet. The concept was well received when I talked to a few people last year so shortly there will be a launch of 'Furniture'

Tyn Y Coed

BeginningsPosted by GW Thu, March 26, 2015 09:21:05
Had a great few days in Wales at a writing course. What a great group of people and inspirational writing. Thanks to Jan Fortune for hosting and to my fellow participators for giving days to remember and fresh impetus to my writing.

Paisley Daily Express

BeginningsPosted by GW Mon, January 12, 2015 23:32:44
Great start to 2015 when the local newspaper - The Paisley Daily Express - contacted me for an interview about the Symes Novellas. Met the journalist on Friday and hopefully article will appear shortly. Ian Hunter, one of my Read Raw fellow directors has a book out on Kindle - Santa Claus is Missing. realise should have put this up earlier but it is a great story for any time.

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