SHETLAND Arts looks forward to welcoming current Poet Laureate for Glasgow Jim Carruth to Mareel on Tuesday 28 May for an evening of poetry and reflection on rural life. Local poets Roseanne Watt and Peter Ratter will also be performing, adding their own unique voices to this evening celebrating literature and culture.

Jim will be reading excerpts from his recently finished Auchensale Trilogy - the trilogy tracks the decline of the local farming community over 70 years on his family farm, including all aspects of farm life and the enduring bond of family against the backdrop of a changing world.

His first collection Bovine Pastoral was published in 2004 and was runner up in the Calum MacDonald Memorial Award. Since then, he has brought out a further five collections and an illustrated fable. In 2009, he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and was the winner of the James McCash poetry competition. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the poets showcased in Oxford Poets 2010.

Roseanne Watt is a writer and filmmaker from Shetland. Her dual-language debut collection, Moder Dy, was published by Polygon in May 2019 after receiving the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018, and went on to receive an Eric Gregory and Somerset Maugham Award in 2020. In 2023 she was named one of the Saltire Society’s ‘40 Under 40’ in the literature category.

Peter Ratter is a poet who lives and works in Shetland. He was shortlisted for the 2018 'Edwin Morgan Poetry Award', as well as placing first in the 'Inspired? Get Writing! Scottish National Gallery Poetry Competition'. His work has appeared in The New Shetlander, the Dark Horse, and the Scotsman.

Whether you are a poetry fan or a lover of Scottish heritage this event will leave you inspired, painting a vivid picture of the highs and lows facing rural communities.

Tickets for Jim Carruth cost £12 and are available to purchase online here, in-person at the Box Office in Mareel, or by calling on 01595 745 500 during opening hours of 10am-9pm, Tuesday - Sunday.

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