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Scottish Writers' Centre
The Glasgow Zen of Alan Spence: New work and a few greatest hits

Tue 12 February 2019

Join the SWC as Alan Spence reads some of his greatest hits, and a few new works in progress.

Alan Spence is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist and short story writer. Glasgow-born, he is Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen where he founded the annual WORD Festival in 1999 and was its Artistic Director for twelve years. With his wife he runs the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre in Edinburgh. In 2017 he was appointed Edinburgh Makar, the Poet Laureate for the City, and in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan. His most recent books are the novel Night Boat (on the life of Zen Master Hakuin), poetry collection Morning Glory ( with Elizabeth Blackadder) and a playscript No Nothing (which imagines Edwin Morgan and Jimmy Reid meeting up in a kind of afterlife).