Poetry Booklet & FREE Workshop

Summer 2021

The Penicuik Community arts Association (PCAA) is putting together a wee illustrated booklet of poems written by YOU! Local artist will be invited to illustrate the work or you may prefer to illustrate your own work.
Maybe you’ve already had a go at writing poetry? Maybe you’ve never written a poem before but think you’d like to try? Maybe you write song lyrics? That’s poetry too!
This is Penicuik’s own poetry booklet, and all your offerings are welcome.

To help you make a start, and learn a bit about how to go about it, we’re offering a FREE workshop (Saturday 25th June 2pm OR on Sunday 26th June 2pm) with Gerda Stevenson with FREE one-to-one follow-up. Gerda is a world-famous writer and actress and lives in Carlops. She’s performed at Penicuik Arts Centre in the past and is an experienced workshop leader for people of all ages and experience. Spaces are strictly limited, so do apply early. (Email Sue penicuikarts.org@gmail.com or phone/text 0781 5052929)

Poems can be any length up to 500 words.
Your poem can be about anything at all. If you’d like to focus on a theme, then you could write about any aspect of life in Penicuik and the surrounding area, now, in the past, or hopes for the future.

Poems are invited from anyone aged 12 to 102 years old

The PCAA committee will edit the book with Gerda’s help, and the decisions of the editing committee are final.
We’re hoping to get it printed in time to launch during PENFEST 2021 (25th September – 4th October).

What to do, and when –


Please get in touch to register for a workshop and to tell us you’d like to take part. Please also tell us if you’d prefer a real-life or a Zoom workshop
Email Sue penicuikarts.org@gmail.com or phone/text 07815052929

Saturday 26th June 2pm OR Sunday 27th June

Writing workshops
These will take place EITHER at St James the Less Church Hall, Broomhill Road (“up the lane”) or on Zoom, depending on Government restrictions and particpants preferences. We will let you know nearer the time how the workshops will take place.
Places are strictly limited to 12 people at each workshop.
You attend just one workshop, and during the following 10 days you work on your poem and you can have a free one-to-one session with Gerda by Zoom or on the phone to talk over what you’re writing and ask for help if you need it.

Sunday 18th July

Deadline for sending your poem(s) to Sue.
You can either email them, text them or write them out and drop them off at the West Street Art Centre café
The themes of your poems will be sent to local Penicuik artists who will create some illustrations.


For further information about illustrating the poems please click HERE

Saturday 25th September

The booklet will be launched and on sale at £7.50. Contributors will receive a free copy!