Falkirk literary day ‘write’ up Wooer Street

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Vibrant verses and stirring stanzas will mingle with the refreshing scent of brewing coffee in Falkirk this weekend.

Taking place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, the first ever ‘[Untitled]: Wooer with Words’ event will see the area’s legions of unpublished writers, poets, playwrights and scriptwriters giving people a taste of their work for free at the popular Coffee on Wooer cafe in Wooer Street.

The brainchild of Craig Allan (27), a publisher and sculptor from Stenhousemuir, the informal literary meetings will take place on the first Saturday of the month.

Craig said: “It’s going to be an afternoon of poetry and prose, but very informal. It will be more like an open mic night, but instead of someone turning up with a guitar and a song, a writer or poet will read from their own work.”

Craig hopes the monthly event would be a way to further promote the work of local writers, complementing the mission of his self published arts magazine ‘[Untitled]’.

“When I came back from art school in Cumbria I realised there wasn’t anyone promoting local artists and writers so I began my publication and ‘Wooer with Words’ grew from that.

Craig found a kindred spirit in the owner of Coffee on Wooer.

“He wants it to be a place where artists can come and show or talk about their work. We’re also planning to hold visual art exhibitions here in the future.”

‘Wooer with Words’ will take place in the upstairs rooms of the cafe, a location which he believes is conducive to creativity and a perfect venue for the kind of event Craig has in mind.

“People can come and read from their own stories and poems or even from their film or stage play scripts. We’re taking a flexible approach to the readings, which can be as short or as long – maybe around 20 minutes – as people want.

“It’s a great opportunity for someone to showcase their writing skills in front of like minded people. We’re not looking for professional published writers to come and read from their latest book, jut local unpublished talent.”