What’s the word? Poetry group is up for award

The Poetry Share group from the East Neuk
The Poetry Share group from the East Neuk
  • East Neuk poetry lovers
  • Debut book of verse
  • Shortlisted for award

Devotees of poetry in the East Neuk, who committed their rhyming thoughts to the pages of a book, are in line for a national award.

The enthusiasts, who met through the StAnza Petry and creative arts festival, produced a publication entitled ‘Poetry Share’ at the end of last year.

They entered the Epic Awards, which showcase voluntary-led artistic groups – and their second anniversary was marked this month with the news that their work had been shortlisted for this year’s Scotland award.

Details are on the Epic Awards website – www.epicawards.co.uk – where the public can vote for it in the ‘People’s Choice’ section.

The writers are from Colinsburgh, Anstruther, Elie, St Monans and Pittenweem and they meet monthly in Colinsburgh Library.

Group member Susan Grant said: “This is such exciting news and we are thrilled that so many folk are responding to poetry.

“Over 150 of our ‘Poetry Share’ books have sold, we did an afternoon reading from it at The Bield in Elie and are having an evening of poetry and music, courtesy of The National Trust, at Kellie Castle in May.

“If any reader cares to vote for us towards this award, we’ll be very grateful,” she added. More information on the group’s entry – and the chance for you to help the members to victory by voting – can be found on the website.

The Scotland winner and runner-up will be announced this coming Monday, with the winners’ reception in Salford next month.