BOOK LAUNCH: Perthshire 101 (Edited by Andy Jackson) and Banes o the Turas (Jim Mackintosh)

Perth publisher Tippermuir Books have a couple of book launches in November 2022, one in Perth (organised by them – FREE) and one in Blairgowrie (organised by Book Mark Blair – ticketed).

The Perth event on Thursday, 17 November 2022 is for Perthshire 101, which is a guidebook with a twist: 101 new poems from twenty-eight writers inspired by the history, geography and culture of Perthshire and Kinross-shire. The poems – grand, sweet, serious and occasionally silly – take the reader on a whistle-stop tour of the counties’ landmarks and legends. Themes range from Schiehallion to the Broxden Roundabout, from Niel Gow to Ewan McGregor, from the Naomi Mitchison to the Murray’s Pie.

‘Inside this collection of poems is a glimpse into the life and times of Perthshire. Some of them even rhyme which is a pleasure to behold.’ Stuart Cosgrove, writer and broadcaster ‘A wonderfully constructed poetic smörgåsbord full of memorable evocations of people and place, showcasing the talent of the leading local writers. A must-have not only for those new to the county but also those steeped in its rich history. On every page, the words of the poets themselves act as expert guides, opening our eyes anew to the delights of this very special part of Scotland.’ Jim Carruth, Poet Laureate of Glasgow

The Perthshire 101 launch event is at Manifesto Coffee, 46 Princes Street, Perth, PH2 8LJ – ‘under the arches’ and starts at 7pm (on until 9.30pm – there is a brewery next door for those who wish to go full-on Dionysius/Bacchus!). The Perthshire 101 launch event includes lots of great poetry.

Manifesto Coffee roast their own beans and make great coffee, iced latte and tea – all of which will be available to buy on the evening. In addition, the Craft Beer Bottle Shop (Methven Street, Perth) will be running a bar (two beer taps – an IPA and a lager – as well as wine). Complimentary soft drinks, water and snacks will be available.

Please let Tippermuir know in advance if you can make the Perthshire 101 evening.

The launch of The Banes of Turas could not take place anywhere else other than in Blairgowrie, the town of Hamish Henderson‘s birth and even more so on 11 November – his birth date. The event will see Jim Mackintosh being joined by Pino Mereu on whose original book Turas Viaggio Jim’s translation is based. Pino is travelling from Rome especially for the book launch and will read one or two from the original whilst Jim will read the Scots translations. They will be joined by musicians including Pipe Major Callum Douglas performing music linked to the poems.