Platform sessions

Saturday 22nd Feb 2020


Platform returns for 2020 with guest poets Juana Adcock and original Platform co-founder and favourite Lindsay Macgregor. And a rare chance to see Edinburgh-based duo, Various Moons: poet and musician Colin Donati and cellist Robin Mason.

Entry is £5 on the door. Please book your place by emailing [email protected]

Please note the new earlier start time of 7.00pm. All welcome.
Easily accessible by train from both Edinburgh & Dundee.

The session will also include a wildcard open mic spot for a single short poem – so bring along one of your best and put your name in the hat for the wildcard draw.

Don’t forget cash/change for raffle tickets, and importantly – to buy books from the poets!

LINDSAY MACGREGOR lives in Biggar, South Lanarkshire. She started writing poetry at the Maggie’s Centre, Fife, in 2007, and went on to study a short course with the Open University where her tutor was Chris Powici.  A couple of years later, she gave up her job as a political lobbyist with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to complete an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee.

Lindsay was a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award in 2015 and her pamphlet, The Weepers, was published by Calder Wood press in the same year.

JUANA ADCOCK is a poet, translator and performer. Her Spanish-language poetry collection, Manca, explores the anatomy of violence in the Mexican drug war and was named by Reforma‘s distinguished critic Sergio González Rodríguez as one of the best books published in 2014. In 2016 she was named one of the ‘Ten New Voices from Europe’ by Literature Across Frontiers, and she has performed at numerous literary festivals internationally. Her English-language debut, Split (Blue Diode Press, 2019) was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice.



Off-kilter originals by Colin Donati with cloudbursts of celloistic exuberance from Robin Mason. ‘In a space somewhere between Tim Buckley and Radiohead’ Ian McDonough


CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHIES: Mapping imaginative landscapes

CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHIES: Mapping imaginative landscapes

Rebecca Sharp

Creative/Writing course

Sat 23 + Sun 24 Feb 2019

Two day course fee- £85 

In this (very) creative writing course, you will develop innovative techniques for creating detailed imaginative worlds with originality and depth. We’ll explore elements in all forms of writing – poetry, prose, performance and creative non-fiction – with a particular focus on map-making. Beginners and seasoned writers and artists will be supported; all that’s required is an interest in the subject matter and a willingness to experiment. Drawing from a wide range of reference points – literature, philosophy, cultural theory, visual art, music/sound, even scent…

Rebecca’s own work includes devising and realising complex interdisciplinary projects. Using words and a range of accessible visual techniques, she will guide you in developing multi-layered creative works – the use of sound and performance elements are also possible and can be discussed.

Days 1 + 2:  Introduction and reference points – a talk by Rebecca Sharp.
Developing ideas and techniques towards a finished work; or work that can be taken further.
Creative exercises will include walking, writing, mapping, basic drawing/mark-making, one-to-one time, project planning, editing, and some sharing.

For further information or any questions please contact us here

To book a place on the course click on this eventbrite link


After booking a place, the course schedule and details of what to bring will be provided.

If you have any questions about what’s involved, please contact: Rebecca Sharp [email protected]








                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “…a wonderful weekend with Rebecca Sharp exploring our creative voices in stimulating new ways… Highly recommended.” (Plotting, Scheming and Dreaming participant – Off the Rails, Sept 2018)


“I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and find it hard to believe.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“I wisely started with a map, and made the story fit…” JRR Tolkien