Hot Poets

Kibble Palace

Yesterday, I was part of a writers’ market place held in the Kibble Palace, a Glasshouse in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.  Run by the Federation of Writers,  the event was in danger of turning into a Dead Poet’s Society, as the temperature rose relentlessly.  Indeed there would have been a wet t-shirt competition had we persuaded the gardener watering the plants to turn his hose on us!  It was great to have sunshine for the start of Glasgow’s West End festival but it was certainly a hot ticket inside the glasshouse! 

There were several slots where writers could take the microphone and read from their work.  I read 3 short poems and the ‘short short’ story ‘The Final Theory’ which appears in the Leaf Books anthology of that name.   I’ve enjoyed having a go at microfiction, or flash fiction to use another name for it.  It’s a great way to practise writing economically and as someone to whom plotting does not come easily, I’ve found it helps me focus on the core of a story. 

How short is short?  Stories range from 50 words to 300 –  there’s even one in the anthology which is only 8 words long!  I can’t of course reproduce it here so if that intrigues you, you can buy the book from the Leaf Books site.

3 Responses to “Hot Poets”


  1. 1 Denis Bell June 11, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Hi Alison, Great to see your blogging is moving and may I compliment you on the content..very enlightening.

    Hmm, hot poets, wet t-shirts, lush vegetation, amazons….I’m probably glad I was in the pub having a cool beer thinking about nothing in particular! But, then again, missing some cultural feast..ah well, there’s always a next time.

    I’d like to make a wee note of your word string ..wordswordswords…..I do admit that I have been too cutting with some of my words over the years…once they are out it’s too late, so thoughts before committing to ‘words in action’ is always a good mantra.
    Good luck with all – I do like the poem and I do like the sunset pic.
    Kindest regards, Denis.

  2. 2 Freda June 13, 2007 at 10:54 am

    All good wishes for your blogging. Great to find another blogger in Argyll.

  3. 3 alisonwriting June 13, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for your greeting! Off to find Dalamory on the map. I’ve had a quick look at your blog. Glad the cat was OK. I’ve just acquired a puss after a creatureless 3 years. More about that in wordswordswords.


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