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Scottish Writers' Centre

Daughters Wives Resilient Lives - Poets of the Long Table

Tue 5 April 2022

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4 Women stand inside an old stone building. They each stand one by on under at an arched window.

Scottish Writers' Centre

Join Mairi Murphy, Morag Smith, Kathryn Metcalfe and Lesley Traynor as they read from their anthology "Daughters Wives Resilient Lives" launched at this year's Paisley Book Festival.

The poets will be reading some of the work in the publication and some new work, and if there is time will take questions afterwards.

For the last two years, Kathryn Metcalfe, Mairi Murphy, Morag Smith and Lesley Traynor, four poets with strong connections to Paisley, have continued to meet through a pandemic online. They discussed their lives raised in working class Scotland by women who had few opportunities in life but who nonetheless were strong and loving and who passed on their own rich stories and memories. Ordinary, yet extraordinary these women inspired the four poets with their bravery and resilience in the face of famine, war, and pandemic. Their strength was drawn on, giving them courage to keep going through the dark times of Covid 19. If they had survived, so could they.

These poems are inspired by those women who have gone before, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters. As an anthology, the poems take on new layers of meaning, they talk to one another, are able to speak freely. Their voices are no longer hidden.




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7:00pm — 9:00pm




Free but ticketed


Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available