Encounters festival gets off to a Rosy start

Rosy Barnes (seated, centre) meets fans at Bellshill Cultural Centre
Rosy Barnes (seated, centre) meets fans at Bellshill Cultural Centre

Bellshill Cultural Centre hosted the inaugural event of North Lanarkshire’s 2014 Encounters festival last Wednesday.

Comic novelist and playwright Rosy Barnes led a creative writing workshop called The Voice and Point of View with a group of local aspiring and accomplished writers.

Themes explored included scriptwriting, monologues, how different characters speak and the public face compared to the private voice.

Community Arts manager Irene Halliday said: “Rosy led a most enjoyable and stimulating session and it was a great start to our month-long Encounters festival.

“Our Write On group meets weekly in the cultural centre and new members are always welcome, no matter what level of ability - a desire to put words on paper is all that’s needed!

“To find out more just call us on 01236 632828.”

The festival continues this week with writer Ann Donovan appearing at Motherwell Library tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm.

Anne is the author of the prize-winning novel ‘Buddha Da’, ‘Being Emily’ and the short story collection ‘Hieroglyphics’.

‘Buddha Da’ was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award.

Anne’s latest novel, ‘Gone are the Leaves’, takes a different direction from her previous works and is an historical novel set in Renaissance Scotland.

It tells the story of Feilamort and Deirdre, two friends living in the home of a Scottish Laird and his French wife.

Bad Girls and Emmerdale actress Nicole Faraday stars in Over the Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story at Motherwell Theatre from tomorrow (Thursday) until Saturday at 7.30pm each night.

The award-winning musical brings to life the story of one of the most legendary artists of our time, from the rise of her fame to her tragic death, and the beautiful music written in between.

The Mushaira festival takes place in Bellshill Cultural Centre on Friday at 7pm.

Bazm-e-Urdu Scotland and Bazm e Sher Naghma Glasgow present and evening of Urdu poetry or Mushaira, with performances of both Scottish and Bollywood dancing thrown in.

For prices and booking details, pick up a brochure at your local library or visit Encounters