The next Lapidus Scotland Annual General Meeting will take place online, on Thursday 16 June 2022 at 5pm.
From 6.30pm, again online, we launch our new postcards, and present a reading by Valerie Gillies.
You can book for either or both events at Eventbrite.
The AGM (5–6pm) will formally present a report on our work during the 2020/21 financial year, elect a committee and give an overview of the work of Lapidus Scotland.
We are looking for new members of the management committee, so please consider this chance to get involved with our work. When circumstances allow we will be having face-to-face meetings in Glasgow, but for the foreseeable future we will continue to keep most meetings on line.
The Annual Report and Annual Accounts for 2020/21 are available here.
After the AGM is the launch event (6.30-8pm) for a set of fourteen postcards featuring work by members of Lapidus Scotland groups. The final selection of work was made by Valerie Gillies. There will be readings from contributors, and Valerie will read poems from her recent project with photographer Rebecca Marr, When the Grass Dances.
Valerie Gillies is an internationally known and highly regarded poet. She was the Edinburgh Makar, poet laureate to the city, 2005 – 2008. Her poetry collections include Tweed Journey (1989), The Spring Teller (2008) and The Cream of the Well: New and selected poems (2015).
She often works collaboratively with visual artists, notably in a series of poem-inscriptions with different sculptors at sites in southern Scotland. The book Men and Beasts: Wild Men and Tame Animals of Scotland (2000), together with the touring exhibition of the same name, was the result of a year-long collaboration with the photographer Rebecca Marr.
Valerie is an inspirational teacher of creative writing in schools, colleges, and universities, and she has held several writing fellowships across the country. She was a literary arts practitioner in psychiatric and general hospitals with Artlink and is now a trainer with Lapidus.