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Donny O'Rourke at Weegie Wednesday

Wed 17 October 2018

Weegie Wednesday began in January 2007 in Glasgow to provide an opportunity for writers, publishers, comic book writers and artists, poets, screen writers, drama writers, booksellers, librarians, TV and film people, journalists, marketing people, creative writing students and anyone else with an interest to get together socially once a month to talk about books, writing and publishing and all points related.

October's guest speaker is Renfrewshire's Donny O'Rourke. Donny is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge. Busiest and best known as a poet, he has had overlapping careers in television, journalism and higher education. Residencies, fellowships and visiting professorships have allowed Donny to live, write and teach in Britain, North America and continental Europe. As impresario, activist and instigator Donny has founded cultural organisations and directed festivals.

Whether teaching at The Glasgow school of Art, Cambridge and Yale, working with patients, prisoners and business executives or visiting schools and community groups, poetry has always been central to his conviction that the arts are essential for sane and balanced living. Donny has sat on committees and awards juries across the whole spectrum of artistic life in Scotland. An Honorary Teaching Fellow in the Education Faculty at Glasgow University, he has devised, developed and delivered many courses for adults, mostly involving Creative Writing and Film.

Poetry, its production, publication, performance and promulgation, remains Donny’s passion and priority.

The spirit of Weegie Wednesday is to promote networking and welcome new people. There are a real mix of people attending – long term members and new people. Some drop in twice or once a year, and some come every month – we are always happy to welcome anyone with an interest in writing and the creative industries.

www.weegiewednesday.org