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February 2014

Come and meet the Mad March Hares

Hello one and all!

March is shaping up to be a busy month for the Far Off Places team: what with launches, pancakes and poetry markets, it’s going to be a bumpy but beautiful ride. We’re even venturing beyond the city boundaries of Edinburgh. (We would like to have a Volkswagen camper van emblazoned with the Far Off Places balloon, but sadly, that particular dream will have to wait.) Fancy hitching a lift with us along the way?

Saturday 1 March

We’ll be kicking off the month with a New Writing Showcase, on the road, neil krughosted together with the wonderful Octavius Magazine and From Glasgow to Saturn Journal. In the words of Karyn Dougan at National Collective, ‘Three of the hottest literary journals have joined forces to provide an afternoon of wordy delight …These folk work tirelessly round the clock to publish some wonderful new voices and are definitely worth keeping an eye on - the next big things will be emerging from this lot…’ So, if you don’t want to miss the next big things, join us at 2pm in The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow for an afternoon of literary goodness, drinks and possibly even cake. Entry is free, and you’ll have the chance to hear some of the pieces published in Between the Leaves, which will be hot off the press!

Sunday 2 March

The following evening we’re hoping to get along to the Bongo Club in Edinburgh for Illicit Ink’s underground event Body Language, where Far Off Places writers Max Scratchmann and Ricky Brown are performing, along with lots of other talented folk.

Tuesday 4 March

We will be making pancakes. We hope you will be too.

Thursday 6 March

We’ll be queuing up at The Counting House for The Significant Seven from Fledgling Press. Samuel Best, whose poem Tennessee appeared in Issue II of Far Off Places will be on the stage alongside such greats as Alan Bissett and Rachel McCrum. This evening’s going to be swinging like a cat on a hot tin roof.

5 - 9 March: StAnza poetry festival

Passing PlaceAt the end of the week we’ll making our way up to the wild North (aka St Andrews) for StAnza poetry festival. With all of the brilliant events going on, we’ll be as indecisive as children in a sweet shop, but we’ll definitely be dropping by the poetry breakfast on Friday 7 March with Far Offer Richie McCaffery. (If you’ve been reading carefully, you’ll have met Richie before…) Then, on Saturday, we’ll be manning a stall at the poet’s market. We’re particularly excited about this, as it’s where we launched our very first issue one full year ago. We will have a few rare print copies of the magazine and birthday cake.

Sunday 9 March

We’ll be beating the post-StAnza blues with a reading party flash mob back in Edinburgh. More details coming soon. In the meantime, read this to whet your appetite.

Wednesday 12 March

We have a bit of break after that (toilet stop at the Green Welly, anyone?), before toddling along to Edinburgh’s The Blind Poet for the launch of the latest issue of Magma, where the wonderful Far Offer Seth Crook will be reading. (Sadly, he won’t be blindfolded. We are disappointed by this.)

Then we’ll sit down for a rest, and search out that last lonely slice of birthday cake.

Thursday 27 March

restingWe’re very excited about the launch of Samuel Best’s debut novel Shop Front. Join us at Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, at 6pm for what promises to be the Best kind of evening. (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

Friday 28 March

Finally, Far Off Places poet and Antizine editor Nicole Strachan is helping to organise an art event at Summerhall based around textiles. Details are still under wraps, but there’s a chance you might seem some hints of our summer issue, Sartorial, blossoming here…

Images: (cc) Neil Krug/ Flickr; Graham Holliday/ Flickr; AE Rutherford

Free lunch for all. (For lunch, read magazine.)

As all you reading fiends might be aware (or were you too engrossed in that borrowed paperback to notice?), the generosity of the fourteenth of February is rather more general this year: it’s International Book Giving Day! Love is all around - but particularly to be found between the pages of Astrid Lindgren, Dodie Smith, Judith Kerr…

International Book Giving Day is mainly about getting books into the hands and hearts of children—readers are encouraged to give a book to a young family member or friend, to leave a book in a waiting room for a child to find or to donate a ‘gently used’ book to a local library, hospital or shelter.

Here at the Far Off Places HQ, we think this a pretty splendid idea. And as no reader ever really grows up, we figured we’d spread the literary love with those of you who’ve made it to double figures: we have digital back copies of our first few issues, and we’re looking to send them to loving homes.

I'll give you all I can... (cc) Brandon C Warren

So whether you’re looking for some poetry to go with your Saturday brunch, or fancy a fairy tale to read to your goddaughter, send an email any time on the fourteenth to words[at]faroffplaces.org stating which issue you’d like (Fairy Tales Retold, The Back of Beyond, or Under the Bed) and your words of whimsy will be dispatched with utmost speed.

Image (cc) Brandon C Warren/ Flickr

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