A heavy duty day for Janis Mackay, author of the Magnus Finn books for children. Her first stop was Strathesk Primary School where she workshopped with a group of 9-12 year olds, before heading to Carlops to lead a creative writing workshop for adults. Her day was completed more gently with a session of open poetry readings with a small group in the Yurt, where intermittent rain squalls rattled fiercely on the roof – whether in applause or otherwise, was unclear.
On Thursday she is scheduled to take a creative writing workshop for adults at 10am in the Penicuik Arts Centre, followed by a story-making session for children (7+) at noon, and a “meet the author” and book signing hour and a half from 6.30 in the West Linton bookshop. Busy lady
Admirably undaunted by this schedule, plus a trip to London in between, she will be back on Saturday 10th for further classes for children, in the Tipi at Whitmuir from 11 – 1pm, and in the Yurt from 2-3.30pm, and lastly, she will join Aonghas MacNeacail and others for True Voices- poetry and music, in the Yurt at Craigiebield.
Assuming you’ll have had your tea by 6.15pm, it’s time to get on yer bike, for the Bike Tour – on the Penicuik – Rosslin Esk Valley Mill trail cycle path. By the time you get back and shower off the honest sweat, an already nicely warmed-up evening of Jazz with Sophie Bancroft awaits you at The Hub (7.30 – till you drop).
never made it to the Craigie, but heard you were the poorer for having missed the feat of their funky tunes and rythms!