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March 25 2021: 18:30 to 20:00 Poetry at Books and Beans Swiftly Glides the Bonnie Boat

This is a sneak preview of Issue 16 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing and the Visual Arts, launching April 2021. Lemon Tree Writers are represented among those presenting work on this Facebook event.

For details, here is the link

For those unfamiliar with Pushing Out the Boat, you can read about it here

March 21 2021:

The Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize 2021

Mist and Mountain Creative Residency, in collaboration with Gerard Rochford’s Literary Executors, are delighted to launch, on 21 March 2021, The Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize 2021.

Writers are invited to submit an original poem in English on the theme of ‘Family’ to 

before the competition closing date of 30 June 2021. Full details and rules for submission can be found here

Gerard Rochford was brought up in Worcestershire. Apart from a short spell in Hong Kong he spent most of his life in Aberdeen. His work appeared in Poetry Scotland, Northwords Now, and many other magazines. His most recent collection is DNA (Malfranteaux Concepts, 2018).  Professor Rochford was the Makar for Scottish Review and published a poem a month for five years until 2015. Along with Eddie Gibbons and Doug Gray, he founded the Dead Good Poets group, which eventually morphed into the Books and Beans sessions, which Gerard led for many years.

October 2020: Congratulations to Lesley Benzie who has been named runner-up for the McCash Scots Poetry Prize for her poem Syrians Cairryin a Makeshift Bodybag. This is the link for the article about the prizewinners in the Herald:

Lesley also features in a National Poetry Day youtube celebration. Here’s the link:

Lesley features in Seahorse Saturday on 14 November 2020 from 2pm. The online event is free – register at this address:

Sept 2020: The Scottish Snow Child, a story by Roger Meachem has been published online by Robert Gordon University as part of their Freshers’ Welcome Pack. Roger wishes to express thanks to fellow members of LTW for their support without which he’d probably not have entered the Story with Shortbread competition. This is the link:

The Hail Clamjamfry – Poems from the North-East of Scotland

Edited by Duncan Lockerbie and Eddie Gibbons. Published by Tangletree Press, with support from The Doric Board. ISBN 978-1-83807-391-6

Members of writing groups in North-East Scotland were invited to submit poems in English or Doric. Six current Lemon Tree Writers, as well as six former members now part of The Apothecaries writing group, feature in this newly published collection.

Congratulations to Lemon Tree Writers: Ian Anderson, Richard Anderson, Lesley Benzie, Brenda Conn, Ann Nicol and Terry Pearce

Congratulations also to members of The Apothecaries: Bernard Briggs, Richie Brown, Ian Grosz, Haworth Hodgkinson, Mandy Macdonald and Catriona Yule.


Lesley Benzie’s second collection of poetry, FESSEN/Reared, has been launched online This is the link: 

Originally from Aberdeen, Benzie has settled in Kirriemuir, following 25 years of working and raising a family in Glasgow. There … Continue reading