POETRY POETRY SLAM GZ, Sun 7 Apr Does the idea of a poetry event conjure up dull images of beardy, woolly jumper wearing types rambling on to one man and his dog about life, love and the universe? If so, Glasgow is playing host to an event that will change your opinion once and for all. It’s a poetry slam night and, according to organiser Jem Rolls, it is ‘Iess of a competition and more of a vibe thing and is miles away from your normal poetry gig’.
The event is made up of 25 poets performing in five heats. They soon
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get narrowed down to a final three. Each slammer has only two minutes to impress, and with a mix of performers from professionals to newcomers, there is a healthy mix of style, quality, technique and personality. Rolls believes that it is this combination of bite-sized pieces that makes the event even more fun and entertaining with ‘a good look inside people’s
The Slam motto is ‘come and have a go if you think you’re bard enough’. With past champs including Anne Wallace and Tim Turnbull this is quite a challenge. As well as the competitors, there will be other guests including Scottish comedian Des Clarke. Following on from this event there will be regular monthly poetry cabarets at Nice ’n’ Sleazy’s where you can enjoy this new comedy take on spoken word and help Rolls in his quest to generate a bigger Scottish poetry scene. (Jane Hamilton)
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Nick Nairn Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 7pm. Free. The Scottish celebrity chef demonstrates dishes from his new work. 'Iiip l()() Salmon Recipes.
lsla Dewer liast Kilbride Arts Centre. ()1d(‘oach Road. liast Kilbridc. 01355 261000. 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). The critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter reads from a selection of her work including I! ('nu/(l Happen '12) You and Women 'Iii/kine Dirty.
Football Forum Rugby Park. Rugby Road. Kiltnarnock. 0800027 0321. 7pm. £3.50. Have your say as titba pundits James '1‘i'aynor. Keith Jackson and Radio Clyde's very own sports monkey Hugh Keevins join a panel of top managers. players and legislators to answer your questions.
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Art And Re-Enactment (CA. 350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. 6pm. £5 (£4). (CCA 5). As part of a series of lectures relating to the Tenth Level exhibition. this discussion explores re- enactment as a theme within contemporary art practice. Speakers include Jeremy 1)e11er. Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth. Tom ()‘Sullivan and Joanne Tatham and Linder Sterling.
Joe Simpson Adelaide’s. 209 Bath Street. 248 4970. 7pm. £2. The author of highly acclaimed ’Iinu‘hing The 12ml gives a talk and slide show regarding his forthcoming work. The Reckoning Silence.
The Royal Philosophical Society Debate L'niversity ()f Strathclyde. Lecture Theatre 1. .‘vlcCance Building. 16 Richmond Street. 552 4400. 7.30pm. Free. Annual debate.
A Day In A Castle Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 10.30ain—12.30pm 8; 1.30—3.30pm. Free.
lixperience life in a castle with the help of
a storytelling medieval knight. Horne’s Fun Fair Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 07831 506858.
6- 10pm. Free entry. lixperience all the fun of the fair with the Usual assortment of rides. amusements and side stalls.
Glasgow Science Centre
50 PaCific Ouay. 420 5000. Daily mam—60m. 95.50—914 (EA—£10). Situated on the site of the 1988 Garden Festival. Glasgow's £75 million
Horne’s Fun Fair Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 07831 506858. 6—10pm. Free entry. See Thu 28.
Books At The Botanics Glasgow Botanic Gardens. 730 Great Western Road. 334 2422. 10am—4.30pm. Free. Pick up a literary bargain at this book market. Demonstrations Of Medieval Activities Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 1 1am—4pm. Free. Take a step back in time and experience life in medieval times with leatherwork and archery demonstrations. plus stories from living history group Carrick 800.
Horne’s Fun Fair Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 07831 506858. 1—10pm. Free entry. See Thu 28. Medieval Trumpets Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 1.30—3.30pm. Free. A medieval music group perform traditional music to fanfare the visitors.
Easter Teaser Trail Chatelherault Country Park. Carlisle Road. Hamilton. 01698 426213. 1.30—4pm. Free. Test your knowledge on a wildlife trail.
Astronomy Day Dean Castle Country Park. Dean Road. Kilmarnock. 01563 522702. 9am—5pm. £1 (Children free). An out of this world light show from the visiting planetarium.
Books At The Botanlcs (ilasgow Botanic Gardens. 730 Great Western Road. 334 2422. 10am—4.30pm. Free. See Sat 30. 3Dl20 Craft 8: Design Fair Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. l0.30am-4.30pm. 90p (60p). Contemporary craftwork sold direct by the makers.
Horne’s Fun Fair Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 07831 506858. 1—10pm. Free entry. See Thu 28.
Carrick 800 Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 1 lam—4pm. Free. The Knights and Castles exhibition is brought to life by medieval characters regaling with tales and mingling with visitors.
Falconry Hierarchy Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 2—4pm. Free. A chance to see these magnificent birds up close and find out about their role in 12th and 13th century life.
Horne’s Fun Fair Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 07831 506858. 6—~l0pm. Free entry. See Thu 28.
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Gervase Phlnn Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 12.30pm. £3.50—£4. Phinn recalls his quest for love during his days working in schools in the Yorkshire 1)ales with his new work. Head Over Heels In the Dales.
Football Forum Fir Park. Manse Road. Motherwell. 0800 027 0321. 7pm. £3.50. See Thu 28.
A Day In A Castle Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 10.30am—12.30pm & 1.30—3.30pm. Free. See Thu 28.
Stella Screen Cinebar Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm. Free. Stella brings cinema to the pub. screening classic films in a relaxed and familiar environment. Today‘s film is Cecil B. Demented.
Wildlife Book Weekend Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve. Largs Road. Lochwinnoch. 01505 842663. 10am—5pm. Free. An extensive selection of natural history titles will be on sale.
The Lowland Knights Of Scotland Burrell Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. Noon-4pm. Free. Living history group Carrick 800 presents a colourful pageant set in 1415. depicting knights preparing for battle.
Big Word Performance Poetry Slam g2. 474 Sauchiehall Street. 353 311 1. 8pm. £4 (£3). Twenty five poets competing in five heats to be crowned Glasgow's first poetry slain champion. See preview.
April Showers Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Glen Lodge. Glenfield Road. Paisley. 884 3794. 2pm. Free. A
' guided walk highlighting the signs and
songs of spring.
Spring Has Sprung — Any Early Flowers? Strathclyde Country Park. 366 Hamilton Road. Motherwell. ()1698 266155. 2pm. Free. A gentle nature walk identifying the first signs of spring. Watch The Birdie Druinpellier Country Park. 'l‘ownhead Road. Coathridge, 01236 422257. 2pm. Free. A ranger-led guided walk to identify a variety of bird species.
Abseil For Meningitis Finnieston Crane. by SliCC. 228 3322. Abseil from a dare-devil height to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.
158 Ingram Street. 8391. Mon—Sat foam-5pm. Free. Built by the philanthropic Hutcheson brothers an 1802—5. the nail has recently been corroietely refurbished to give a taste of its former glory. Museum Of Transport Kelvin Haii. 1 Burnhouse Road. 287 2720. Mon—Thu 8. Sat mam—Spin; Fri 8. Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum crammed With buses. trams. fire engines. ships and other barapheriiaiia. devoted to the history of transport.