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McNaughtan's Non-Fiction Book Club: Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn - Wednesday 21/2/24 @6:30pm

Join us of a discussion of Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flynn.

This is a book about abandoned places: ghost towns and exclusion zones, no man's lands and fortress islands - and what happens when nature is allowed to reclaim its place.

In Chernobyl, following the nuclear disaster, only a handful of people returned to their dangerously irradiated homes. On an uninhabited Scottish island, feral cattle live entirely wild. In Detroit, once America's fourth-largest city, entire streets of houses are falling in on themselves, looters slipping through otherwise silent neighbourhoods.

This book explores the extraordinary places where humans no longer live - or survive in tiny, precarious numbers - to give us a possible glimpse of what happens when mankind's impact on nature is forced to stop.

By turns haunted and hopeful, this luminously written world study is pinned together with profound insight and new ecological discoveries that together map an answer to the big questions: what happens after we're gone, and how far can our damage to nature be undone?

Children of This Land by Serafina Crolla - Monday 26/2/24 @7pm

The moving and delightful story of the Valente family, although fiction, is grounded in first-hand knowledge of the way of life in Picinisco, southern Italy, in the post-war years. Poverty, separation and loss were common experiences that caused many to emigrate. Yet the hardships were more than balanced by a culture of family warmth and vitality, shared connection to the land and an intimate understanding of how to work it.

A born storyteller, Serafina Crolla was inspired to write Children of This Land when visiting the cemetery in her native village of Picinisco. There, she saw a headstone for ‘An exemplary mother of nineteen children’. She was deeply struck by the eloquent simplicity and poignancy of this memorial inscription. As the daughter of a shepherd, Serafina well understood the joys and hardships that life would have entailed for this family.

Through the vicissitudes of life, ties to this place hold strong for the Valentes. The nineteen children who make up the family tell their stories of love, marriage, trials and tribulations, loss and pain of immigration. Serafina’s own family emigrated to Scotland when she was a little girl but she returns to her homeland often, for, as she puts it: ‘A love for Picinisco as deep as the valleys and as pure as the snow-capped mountains is never forgotten.’

LAUNCH: The Department of Work and Pensions Assesses a Jade Fish - Nuala Watt - Monday 4/3/24 @7pm

Nuala Watt is a disability activist and Quaker based in Glasgow. She has taught English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her poems have appeared on BBC Radio and in magazines including Bad Lilies, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Wordgathering. She views poetry as a form of activism and a method of thinking. The Department of Work and Pensions Assesses a Jade Fish is her first full collection. Nuala’s poems lead us through the bureaucratic labyrinth of government assessment, the anxious joy of expecting a child and, with verve and originality, the realities of being a disabled parent. The book isn’t only about disability though. It’s about authenticity, justice, passion – life in dynamic fullness – conveyed in verse that is formally astute and spiritually attuned. It’s about anger, hope, frustration, love, and “how to take up a life and walk away.”

Dan O’Brien is an American playwright, poet, essayist, and librettist. His most prominent works have been the play The Body of an American and the poetry collection War Reporter. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2015–16. His play The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage was the winner of the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. O'Brien's fourth poetry collection, Our Cancers, was published by Acre Books in 2021. Stephen Wilson in the Times Literary Supplement wrote: "[O’Brien] has produced an exquisite and terrible beauty in these pages." Survivor's Notebook (poems), From Scarsdale (memoir), and True Story (plays) were all published in 2023. His work has appeared internationally in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Rob A. Mackenzie is from Glasgow and lives in Leith. He studied theology at New College in Edinburgh and played guitar and saxophone in the jangly indie band, Pure Television. He has published two poetry pamphlets and four full collections. The Book of Revelation, his third collection, was published in 2020 during lockdown and Woof! Woof! Woof! was published in July 2023 - both books from Salt Publishing. His poems, articles, reviews and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, and his work has been translated into French, Italian and Czech. For ten years, he was reviews editor of Magma Poetry magazine. He runs Blue Diode Press.

Sophie Cooke is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and poet. She was brought up in Kilmahog, near Callander. In 2000, her short story Why You Should Not Put Your Hand Through The Ice won runner-up prize in the MacAllan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition. Her first novel The Glass House (2004) was published by Random House and shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. A second novel Under the Mountain was published in 2008. She is currently working on a novel, a novela, and a poetry chapbook/pamphlet on themes of journey and pilgrimage.

Muted Minds: Therapeutic Poetry Sessions

Sunday 10/3/24 @7pm

Sunday 17/3/24 @7pm

Sunday 24/3/24 @7pm

Wednesday 27/3/24 @7pm


The Muted Minds sessions are open to anyone, and everyone interested in co-creating poems driven by the documentation of personal and collective narratives of the present

Cal. Are not the object and the word the same?

– A Dialogue between Caliban and Ariel, John Fuller

In Fuller’s dialogue, Caliban engages in a discussion with Ariel, exploring themes such as the relationship between the word and the object. Notably, the dialogue between Caliban and Ariel leans more towards the significance of the 'word'; rather than the 'object'; as this fulfils the intended purpose of the work. The present series of sessions will focus on the exploration of ‘object-s’ through words, guided by the idea that “any rule may be broken”.

The Muted Minds therapeutic poetry series invite participants to delve into an exchange of words, punctuation marks, and experiences thereby co-creating a poem alongside others. “Docupoetry”, or else documentary poetry, is a form of socially engaged poetry that combines non-literary forms of writing with personal observations, and it is based upon the universal character of language.

Grounded in the universality of language and the use of the poetic, the sessions aim to provide a collective experience that captures the essence of Docupoetry; facilitating an exploration of the interplay between words and personal encounters that can offer a ‘healing’ outcome. The universality of language, shared inclusively amongst the participants, lays the groundwork for the therapeutic essence of the process.

Participants are not required to prepare or bring anything as all materials will be provided. There is also no requirement for familiarity with creative writing, as no prior experience is necessary. The sessions are guided and stand-alone, allowing everyone to drop in and out of the circle depending on their availability.

Just bring yourselves and an open mind!

All the Plants I Have Half Grown by Linden McMahon - Monday 11/3/24 at 7pm

All The Plants I Have Half Grown - a poetry pamphlet by Linden McMahon, edited by Charlie Roy and published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.

· A vibrant voice in queer poetry, Linden McMahon returns to Scotland and to Stewed Rhubarb Press with a new pamphlet.

· McMahon takes the reader by the hand from disconnection – from each other and our ecosystems – to a deeper understanding of our ecologies and the fragile ties that link us.

· McMahon deftly expands the magic of queer kin-making across the borders of species.

This selection of ecopoetry begins with disconnection – from each other and our ecosystems – and reaches towards connection. Via goldfinches and skyscrapers, brambles and libations, compost and glitter, these poems feel along the sometimes strange and uncomfortable threads that link us to our ecologies – expanding the magic of queer kin-making across the borders of species.

TypeCast! - Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelly - Friday 15/3/24 @7pm

We are delighted to announce the next TypeCast!, our play reading group at Typewronger.

All you need is a copy of the play, which you may source yourself or purchase from the shop. We mainly read plays written by living authors to help support their continuing work.

Please email ahead of time to secure a spot and order a copy of the play if you are interested in attending, as these events tend to be popular, and we sometimes run out of playscripts.

Take a seat on the welcoming stage of this little bookshop as we read aloud Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear. We'll randomly assign parts on the night, and then get reading!

'Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker.

Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.'

McNaughtan's Non-Fiction Book Club: Papyrus by Irene Vallejo - Wednesday 20/3/24 @ 6:30pm

Join us for a discussion of Papyrus by Irene Vallejo.

An enthralling 2,000-year journey through the history of books and reading.

Long before books were mass-produced, scrolls hand copied on reeds pulled from the Nile were the treasures of the ancient world. Emperors and Pharaohs were so determined to possess them that they dispatched emissaries to the edges of the earth to bring them back.

In Papyrus, celebrated classicist Irene Vallejo traces the dramatic history of the book and the fight for its survival. This is the story of the book's journey from oral tradition to scrolls to codices, and how that transition laid the very foundation of Western culture.

And it is a story full of heroic adventures, bloodshed and megalomania - from the battlefields of Alexander the Great and the palaces of Cleopatra to the libraries of war-torn Sarajevo and Oxford. An international bestseller, Papyrus brings the ancient world to life and celebrates the enduring power of the written word.

The Vanitas & Other Tales of Art and Obsession by Jake Kendall - Sunday 25/3/24 @ 7pm

Come along to a talk with Jake Kendall, author of The Vanitas & Other Tales of Art and Obsession. Spanning 300 years of art history and weaving art styles including Cubism, Surrealism, and the Baroque into his prose, Jake Kendall’s collection tells the stories of those with an obsession for creation – artists who sacrifice friendships, careers, romance, and even their own happiness in pursuit of a vision. 

Make Good Trouble: A Practical Guide to the Energetics of Disruption by Briana Pegado - Monday 8/4/24 @7:30pm

This is a practical guide for anyone who wants to harness the energetics of disruption to catalyse change in their own lives and in society as a whole. Using various energy workings, including Theta Healing, tarot, astrology, goddess energy and so much more, this book will show the reader how to find their values, stand in their integrity, be a leader, and channel disruption for powerful change. Learn how disruption of the status quo releases energy, what that energy can do, and how you can begin to create it. Discover many practical ways of bringing about change, from the smallest steps of improving personal relationships, to whistleblowing and challenging big systems of power. Delve into the energy of goddesses and warrior queens as a tool to embody power and become a leader of change.

Navigate by the archetypes of the Tarot and astrology to better understand your own journey as an individual standing in your integrity. Explore the Values Compass tool to unearth your true values and priorities. Use the disruption toolkit to understand when to speak up, when to be silent and when to act. Equip yourself with the self-care tools to protect your own energy, including setting boundaries, building a network and rest as resistance.

In the aftermath of disruption, understand how to restructure and rebuild for a better future. This book is for anyone who feels compelled to make the world a better place, anyone who is looking to bring compassion and equality to all aspects of their lives, including at work, at home, in friendships, in relationships, and most importantly in our relationship to ourselves.

Walter Benjamin Stares at the Sea: Stories by C.D. Rose / Photo, Phyto, Proto, Nitro by Melissa McCarthy - Monday 22/4/24 @7pm

Welcome to the fictional universe of C. D. Rose, whose stories seem to be set in some unidentifiable but vaguely Mitteleuropean nation, and likewise have an uncanny sense of timelessness—the time could be some cobblestoned Victorian past era, or the present, or even the future.

In these 15 dreamlike tales, you’ll meet a forgotten composer who enters a nostalgic dream-world while marking time in a decaying Romanian seaport; two Russian brothers, one blind and one deaf, building an intricate model town during an interminable train ride across the steppe; a journalist whose interview with an artist turns into a dizzying roundelay of memory and image.

Ghosts of the past mingle with the quiddities of modernity in a bewitching stew where lost masterpieces surface with translations in an invisible language; where image and photograph become mystically entwined, and where the very nature of reality takes on a shimmering sense of possibility and illusion.

“Every madness is logical to its owner,” one of Rose’s characters says. And it is that line — between logic and madness — that Walter Benjamin Stares at the Sea walks with such assuredness and imagination.

Photo, Phyto, Proto, Nitro by Melissa McCarthy

Photo: to do with light. Phyto: plants and flowers. Proto: the first, the original. Nitro: it blows up.

From Troy to Hiroshima, Crimea to the nuclear Nevada desert, we make our tracks over the war-scratched globe, and when we reach a ruin or a destination we read the markings, record them using various forms of photography. Later—or much, much later—someone else in turn will try to understand our silvery traces. These are the threads that Melissa McCarthy follows, unpicks, weaves again into a nexus of light and time: the mirrored silver cells of a shark’s eyeball, sunlight glinting off the foam and sea wrack of the Aegean on flower with corpses, the silver salts of photographic paper, silver grave-treasures at Ur.

Like an archaeologist in her own strange literary landscape, McCarthy cuts through layers of history and technology to realign the dead and their images. She examines both what can be photographed and what remains always just beyond the frame, and photography itself. It’s a practice involving chemicals and the action of light. But it’s also an organising principle for literature and beyond: there are marks made—by us, on us—that we can’t yet fully see or understand, though they push on through to the surface, always re-blooming.