Heather tops for poetry

Dr. James C. Q. Stewart was the visiting speaker at last week’s meeting of Angus Writers’ Circle.

A lecturer in the English Department of the University of Dundee, Dr Stewart had been invited to adjudicate the Circles’ Poetry Competition.

There were 14 entries and Dr. Stewart began by handing out copies of each poem to all the members present.

Then he invited the author of each poem to read their work. A discussion and analysis of each piece followed. Jim Stewart’s love of poetry was reflected in his encouragement and guidance to the poets.

As each poem was analysed his suggested changes were discussed and noted. It was also remarked upon that the alterations could apply equally to writing prose.

In his concluding remarks, Dr. Stewart said there had been a wide range of themes and styles, which had given him a difficult job in selecting a winner.

His final choice was two in third place, two in second place, and one overall winner.

Heather Gourlay took first place with her poem, “At Lunan Bay,” and was presented with the Fireball.

This is the Circle’s competition prize, which is held by each winner until the next competition.

The results were:- 1, Heather Gourlay “At Lunan Bay”; 2 equal, Samantha Horton “Infirmary” and Heather Gourlay “Wedding Gift”; 3 equal, Grace Murray “In Praise of Trees”Ann Craig “Lost In Space.”

Heather thanked Dr. Stewart for the interesting way his help and experience had benefited everyone, and finished by inviting him to return next year.

The Angus Writers’ Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30 pm to 10 pm in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath.

New members welcome. For further details telephone the secretary, Eleanor Fordyce (telephone 01307 465056.)