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The Wee Gaitherin 2023 Participants Submission Window

Hey Poets/Publishers/Friends of the Wee Gaitherin,

Taking place 10th to 12th August 2023, this year’s Wee Gaitherin is a few months away yet, but building on the feedback we received following TWG 2022, we are making a few changes to improve the running of the festival and enhance everyones’ overall experience of hearing and sharing poetry.

In particular, we plan to introduce more breaks for lunch and dinner, so less hour-long reading slots, and generate more space for socialising and enjoying our wonderful locations and delights that Stonehaven has to offer. We also want to avoid doubling up events, and splitting audiences. In addition, we are aiming to fully fund travel and accommodation expenses and where possible provide a reading fee to those allocated a reading slot.

This year the festival will start on Thursday late afternoon/evening showcasing poetry performances from North-east poets and getting us all going at an opening shindig. On Friday 11 August the festival will run from 12noon till 10pm and on Saturday 12 August from 12noon till 6pm, leaving time for dinner and farewell gaitherin afterwards.

To ensure as equitable a way as possible for poets/publishers to get involved we are setting a submission window of 2 weeks, from 16th to 31st May 2023, for poets or publishers, with their stable of poets, to put themselves forward by emailing:

Similarly, if you have an idea for an activity, alternative form of performing poetry, or a workshop, please also email within the same submission window.

Please note, that as always we hope to give as many poets as possible a reasonable opportunity to perform. To help us to do this we will also have open mics over the course of the festival to maximize reading opportunities. This means that there will be less emphasis on activities, alternative poetry performance proposals and suggestions for workshops. Depending on how many poets put themselves forward it may not be possible to consider all or any other types of proposals.

Once the submission window is closed the Wee Gaitherin Charity Trustees – Lesley Benzie, Cáit O'Neill McCullagh, Hugh Mcmillan and Neil Young - will meet to deliberate and decide on how many poets or alternative proposals we can reasonably accommodate. We cannot guarantee that everyone will be allocated a reading slot within the program.

NB direct approaches about a reading slot/alternative proposals either in person, by phone or personal email to any of the trustees will not be considered.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!


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