Poets & Place at Innerpeffray Library, Sunday 9th April

April 3, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

Scotland’s first lending library, The Innerpeffray Library , (established in 1680) is hosting an afternoon of Poets and Place on Sunday 9th April from 3pm with Perthshire poets Jim Mackintosh and Jon Plunkett.

During this very special event at Innerpeffray, as well as reading from their own work, Jim & Jon will discuss how a sense of place influences their writing and there will be a chance to see the poetry pillars that form part of Corbenic Path created by Jon Plunkett in the Innerpeffray garden.

In addition to poetry and place, cake will also be on offer at this event and you can get tickets at £7.50 (which includes entry into the library and refreshments ) from Lara Haggerty on 01764 652819 or by emailing lara@innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk, the event starts at 3pm and the Library will be open from 2pm.

Both Jim & Jon are Perth Pioneers.  Jim C Mackintosh was born and lives in Perthshire. He has four Collections published and has had poems in various other Collections and Pamphlets, and on-line journals. In 2015, he was part of the Nine Realms Creative Art Project, a collaboration between Poets, Artists and Musicians exploring the realms of the Norse Gods. In 2015, his poem ‘The Estuary’ was commended in the William Soutar Writing Prize. In 2016 his poem, ‘It used to be bottles’ featured in the notable pamphlet, Refugees Welcome published by Eyewear. Also his poem ‘Old is Tomorrow’ was commended in the Hugh Miller Writing Prize and his poem ‘Revelled Thrums’ was highly commended in the Scots Language Prize at the Wigtown Book Festival. All of these poems are in his book, The Rubicon of Ash. In 2016, Jim was appointed by St Johnstone FC as Poet in Residence, the first professional football club in Scotland to do so. Jim has of course, been a Saints supporter – forever.  In response to a film ‘Self Portrait’ by Selma Selman which he saw at The Threshold Artspace at The Perth Concert Hall during Platform week, he wrote a poem called ‘Floral Printed Axe’ which he kindly read to us at the Platform closing event.

Born near Belfast in Northern Ireland, Jon Plunkett now lives and writes in Aberfeldy. His work has appeared in numerous poetry journals, literary magazines and anthologies. As well as writing Jon is coordinator of the ‘Loose Tongues, Live Poetry’ limb of the Aberfeldy Festival.  Jon has also led the development of the Corbenic Poetry Path, a meandering path through the Scottish highlands with poetry installations along the way, open all year round, free to visit, it’s highly recommended. In what time remains Jon has performed his poetry far and wide in poetry venues, distilleries, festivals, pubs, woods and Mongolian Yurts.

Innerpeffray Library is Scotland’s first lending library, established in 1680 by David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie.  Now a museum, it tells the story of the people who borrowed, the books and the place with regular exhibitions and events. The Library is open from March to October, Wed – Sat and Sunday afternoons, entry costs £7.50 (children free of charge).