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October’s Scottish C to D Libraries Tour (archive)

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage embarks on a new leg of his ten-year tour of the UK’s libraries

‘I want to celebrate the physical space of libraries and take my work back into places that have given me so much.’

During a decade-long adventure, Simon Armitage will give readings across the UK, from the flagship libraries of the big cities to smaller libraries serving rural and remote communities. Using the alphabet as a compass, his journey will celebrate the library as one of the great and necessary institutions.

Covid prevented Simon from reaching Scotland in-person in March, but please join him and his guest poets in Clydebank and the Outer Hebrides this October. Tickets are FREE for in-venue seats and the live-stream. 

C to D Libraries Tour in Scotland: Oct 12 – 14

Turas Leabharlannan C gu D: An Dàmhair 12-14

Welcome! All performances will be live-streamed for free online viewing during the event only. FREE in-person seats are on offer (details below), insofar as space and Covid-safety measures allow. Booking is essential whether you would like a virtual seat or in-library seat.  

Tour Audience Advisory: Age 11+ (poetry can contain strong language)

Fàilte! Thèid gach tachartas a shruthadh beò an-asgaidh gus sealltainn air air an Lìon dìreach aig àm an tachartais fhèin. Tha suidheachain an-asgaidh air an làraich gan tabhann aig feadhainn de na leabharlannan (fios gu h-ìseal), a rèir mar a cheadaicheas àite agus bacaidhean Covid. Tha e riatanach gun cuir thu àite an dara taobh eadar gu bheil thu ag iarraidh àite-suidhe air an Lìon no air an làraich. 

Comhairle mu Luchd-èisteachd an Turas: Aois 11+ (faodaidh gum bi cainnt bhorb ann).

Wednesday, October 12

7.00-8.00pm – Clydebank Library, G81 1XH

To celebrate this newly refurbished Carnegie library, Simon Armitage reads with Scottish Makar, Kathleen Jamie and local poet Tawona Sitholé, UNESCO artist-in-residence at Glasgow University. This event is also part of West Dunbartonshire Libraries’ celebration with poetry of Scotland’s Year of Stories: the Telling Tales: Voices in Verse  workshops and poetry competition. 

Friday, October 14 / DihAoine 14 An Dàmhair

Simon Armitage joins Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s mobile library service which travels the Càirinis / Carinish route on Isle of North Uist. As a finale, Simon reads with leading Hebridean writer Kevin MacNeil/ Caoimhin MacNèill. Kevin will include some of his work written in Scottish Gaelic / Gàidhlig.

7.30-8.30pm / 7.30 gu 8.30f, Taigh Chearsabhagh, HS6 5AA

Tha Sìm Armitage a’ tighinn còmhla ri seirbheis nan leabharlannan-siubhail aig Comhairle nan Eilean Siar a’ siubhal slighe Chàirinis ann an Uibhist a Tuath. Anns an dealachadh, bidh Sìm a’ leughadh còmhla ri sgrìobhadair is bàrd cliùiteach Innse Gall Caoimhin MacNèill. Bidh cuid den t-saothair aige air a sgrìobhadh ann an Gàidhlig aig Caoimhin.

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre champions heritage, visual arts and the Gaelic language and culture on the isle of North Uist. It is also hosts the Lews Castle College Reference Library.

Tha Taigh-tasgaidh agus Ionad-ealain Thaigh Chearsabhagh a’ cur air adhart dualchas, ealainean lèirsinneach agus Gàidhlig ann an Uibhist a Tuath.


Tour Audience Advisory: Age 11+ (may contain strong language) / Comhairle mu Luchd-èisteachd an Turas: Aois 11+ (faodaidh gum bi cainnt bhorb ann).

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Turas Leabharlannan Bàrd-cùirte na Rìoghachd – A’ cleachdadh Crowdcast

Support: The Scottish leg of the C to D Libraries Tour is kindly supported by the T. S. Eliot Foundation, Mark Pigott KBE, Faber & Faber. We are grateful to our hosts at each of the libraries on this Tour for making this project possible.

Le taic choibhneil bho Urras T.S. Eliot Foundation, Mark Pigott KBE, Faber is Faber.

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Literary Agent
Kirsty McLachlan
Morgan Green Creatives Ltd

To Book a Poetry Reading
Caroline Hawkridge
The Hawkridge Agency

Anya Backlund
Blue Flower Arts, LLC

To Book LYR
Alex Zinovieff

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