News & Events – John Bolland

14th March 2021 – The novel is finished again (again)!  It seems to have changed it’s name by deed-poll from Bass to Threads.  My deepest thanks to everyone who has supported me in getting to this stage and especially, in the last year, to Mary Armour.

27th February 2021 – Another exciting day of interdisciplinary sharing and collaborations on the topic of The Anthropocene in an online event organised via UCLAN , Magma and the Geological Society by Yvonne Reddick and Patrick Corbett.  My film-poem, Hindcast, presented on the day, can be viewed here.

30th November 2020 – finished my second tour of duty of the Prose Selection panel for Pushing Out the Boat #16 due out in 2021.  Pleasure and a privilege to read so many (and there were a lot!) short fictions in the good company of Judith Taylor and Jan Simpson.

1st October 2020 – Geopoetry 2020.  Fascinating day of talks and readings on all things geological AND poetic in this online event organised by the  Geological Society, Scottish Poetry Library and Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.  The excerpt from Pibroch – one of my current works in progress – can be viewed here  at 1hr 45mins.  I have also contributed an essay on the Poetics of Climate Change for their forthcoming publication: Earthlines.

27th September 2020 – Pushing Out the BoatLeopard Arts Showcase.  A great line-up for this online showcase of North East and International Writing as part of the wayWORD festival.

7th March 2020 – Launch of the collection of poems produced during the 2018 Theorartistry Poets Project in collaboration with ITIA and StAnza. Great to be reading alongside Christie Williamson, Christine de Lucca, Marjorie Loft-Gill, Ian Crockatt and Maria Apicella. The pamphlet I s being published by Tapselteerie.

22nd February 2020 – Back at Granite Noir reading in the locals in the Limelight event and as the support act to Ann Holt in the newly re-opened Aberdeen Music Hall.

11th February 2020 – Reading at the Scottish Writers Centre in great company as part of the STEM group of poets with Eveline Pye, Colin Will, Mandy Haggith, Elizabeth Rimmer, Chris Powici, Leela Soma, Lesley Traynor, Gill Ian and Joe Murray. The first in a programme of events exploring the beneficial links between poetry and the sciences especially in the context of the current climate emergency.

13th November 2019 – Great to be headlining at Speakin Weird organised by the fabulous Orla Kelly at Spin in Aberdeen – the filling between two great open-mic line-ups.

10th November 2019 – Fabulous to be meeting up with old classmates for the Glasgow University M.Litt course 2004-2006 at Hyndland Criket Ground  to fill in the gaps and hear each others work.

26th-27th October 2019 – fascinating collaborative workshop setting Doric texts to musical performance on cello with a puckle  scrievers and a posse of cellists and composers from Aberdeen University.  Facilitated and led by Helen Lynch, Laura Bowler and Noemi Boutin.  A great follow up from the We need to talk/Il faut qu’on parle premiere of Laura Bowler and Frederic Pattar’s work by Noemi Boutin and Matthew Sharp on the Saturday evening.  Intrigued to see how these collaborations will develop.

26th October  2019 – excellent lunchtime workshop on Voice in Poetry & Flash Fiction with Lemon Tree Writers as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Scheme,  Good to see new faces and catch up with old friends.

28th-29th September 2019 – a great weekend at Jenny Lindsay‘s Creating a Spoken Word Stage Show Masterclass at the Saltire Society in Edinburgh.  A really informative and inspiring workshop mapping a practical route to developing  a long-form spoken word piece.  And in great company.

14th-23rd September 2019  – NEOS 2019...exhibiting paintings, prints…and selling books at Leith Hall near Kennethmont in Aberdeenshire.  beautiful space, lovely people…nice soup!

1st September 2019 – privileged to be reading at Extinction Rebellion’s Rebel Rising Scotland Festival at Aberdeen Art Centre in the company of the awesome Imogen Stirling.  Great line up…and a bonus of Molly McLachlan agreeing I could put one of my woodcuts – Closing Time – into the gallery.  Chuffed!

23rd August  2019 – lunchtime talk on ‘Who Owns Huntly’ for Deveron projects….so far I’ve only scratched the surface!  Work-in-progress.

26th May 2019 – Reading from Fallen Stock at Blackwells Bookshop in Old Aberdeen as part of  the May Festival 2019.

25th April 2019 – Aberdeenshire Launch of Fallen Stock at Glenbuchat bothy – probably the best wee venue in the world with support from the excellent Eclectic Events team.

9th April 2019 – Launch of Fallen Stock at the CCA in Glasgow at 7.30 pm.

6th April 2019 – Launch of Fallen Stock at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh at 2.00 pm alongside Mandy Haggith launching her new book of selected poems.

23rd March 2019 – very pleased to be reading Assynt poems from my Fallen Stock collection at Achmelvich Youth Hostel at 10.30 a.m. as part of a programme of readings in Achmelvich, Stoer and Lochinver that day.  In excellent company with Ian Stephen, Howie Firth, Iain McInnes, Clio Gray and culminating with the launch of  The Amber Gatherers, the second volume of Mandy Haggith’s Stone Stories trilogy published by Saraband.

14th March 2019 – Huntly Launch of Fallen Stock in The Hive (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland), The Square, Huntly at 6.30pm.

13th-14th March – Pop up gallery featuring the my art-work in The Hive (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland), The Square, Huntly.

9th March 2019 – The long-awaited launch of my debut poetry collection will be held at J&G Innes Booksellers in St. Andrews as part of the 2019 Stanza programme.  My profound thanks to my publisher, Sheila Wakefield of Red Squirrel Press, my editor Elizabeth Rimmer, StAnza and J & G Innes and to everyone who has helped, encouraged and supported my career to this point.

27th February 2019 – Fallen Stock has gone to the printers, beautifully typeset and a stunning cover design by Gerry Cambridge and nurtured by Sheila Wakefield & Elizabeth Rimmer of Red Squirrel Press.

22nd February 2019 – Pleased to hear today that that I am now listed on Scottish Book Trusts Live-Literature Database.  Interested groups can now apply for SBT funding for workshops and readings.  And yes…I’m available.

21st February – Publication of Shapeshifting: Theoartistry Poetry as Theological Action Research in Open Culture co-authored by the brilliant Kimberley Jane Anderson of ITIA

30th November 2018 – Chuffed to be able to announce the launch of my first full collection, Fallen Stock, at StAnza on March 9th 2019. Event details here. Fallen Stock will be published by Red Squirrel Press.

8th-16th September 2018 – Opening of my first full exhibition at my studio near Forgue in Aberdeenshire as part of NEOS18. Examples of the work exhibited available on my Visual Arts Page.

7th September 2018 – Honoured to be reading at what will sadly be the last of Sally Evans’ and Ian Kings’ Callendar Poetry weekend and to have my poem,Obedience, published in Issue 100 of Poetry Scotland.

16th June 2018 – Launch of the Expressing Recovery in the North East workshop programme with a taster session at this year’s Three Forums One Voice event at Curl Aberdeen. ‘Over-subscribed’ workshop but great group and excellent work combining watercolour with haiku. Looking forward to the full programme.

28th April 2018 – I think I’ve built myself a studio…for those of you resisting the urge to say ‘I didn’t think he had it in him’….me neither!

26th April 2018 – Reading with Judith Taylor, Bernard Briggs, Martin Walsh, Richie Brown, Catriona Yuile and E. E. Chandler at the Pushing Out the Boat Showcase at Books & Beans, Aberdeen.

13th April 2018 – Just back from a week in Skye at Hamish Napier’s Flute and Whistle course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig. What a wonderful institution. Great vibe and Hamish’s tuition measured, wise and inspiring. So much to practice on.

28th March 2018 – Chuffed that my poem, The Stobbie Hedge, was selected in the face of stiff opposition (I am told) as the poem to launch the new North East Scotland Language Board. Beautiful reading by the multi-talented Iona Fyffe at the Aberdeen University conference centre.

26th March 2018 – Back in paradise. Painting in the morning followed by a guided tour of the Clachtol Broch and the launch of Mandy Haggith’s new novel, The Walrus Mutterer.

24th March 2018 – Dee Don Ceilidh Collective 2018 kicked off with a great series of workshops in Ballater followed by a joyous extended session (musical) in the Deeside Inn. Thanks to Megan Albon and all the team.

11th March 2018 – Well…that was StAnza! Marvellous as always thanks to Eleanor Livingstone, Annie Rutherford and the rest of the team. Great readings by Pippa Little, the Red Squirrel Poets…fascinating discussions and the usual joyous open mics and slam. And the premiere of So Much for the Stag and the other Theoartistry poems.

6th March 2018 – Catching up with my fellow Theoartistry Poets – Christie Williamson, Christine de Lucca, Marjorie Lofti-Gill, Ian Crockett and M.A. Apichella. Great company. And a pleasure to attend the premiere of choral work composed by the Theoartistry Composers and available on te Annunciations CD.

5th March 2018 – In St. Andrews for the two-day Theoartistry Festival preceding StAnza. A pleasure to finally meet Kimberley Anderson and the rest of the ITIA team. Fascinating debates arising from the Theoartistry Composers project and keynote speeches by James McMillan and Michael Symmons Roberts.

24th February 2018 – Enjoyed reading an excerpt from my Doric-Noir novel A Lad O Pairts at the Lemon Tree Studio Theatre, Aberdeen to a packed audience as part of this years Granite Noir festival. Really encouraging feedback…Thanks to Lee Randall and the organisers for creating space for new voices.

5th February 2018 – Kicking of an exciting new collaboration with Kimberley Jane Anderson, a theologian at University of St. Andrews as part of the Theoartistry Poets project sponsored by Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts and Stanza. We’ll be working together on a new poetic response to The Song of Songs 3.6-11.

15th December 2017 – A real joy to hear the full recording of the Recovery Song, mixed and mastered by Sandy Mack and blended with visuals for the workshops. A real privilege to be part of this community.

13th November 2017 – Great recording session at the Huntly Hub of ‘Recovery’, the song devised and developed by the Huntly Recovery Group in September. Great to hear voices and music brought together in a professional and inspiring way.

8th November 2017 – Great night performing with so many talented poets including Kevin McLean and Katie Ailes at Speakin Weird, Spin, Aberdeen

29th October 2017 – Reading vignettes and poetry from Pushing Out the Boat 14 with other PotB contributors at the Belmont Cinema Café, Belmont Street, Aberdeen

24th October 2017 – Reading as part of next years Granite Noir festival in Aberdeen from my work in progress Lad o Pairts.

23rd October 2017 – Pleased to be reading my poem – Funerals – and a few others in good company at the launch of From Glasgow to Saturn 39 in Dram, Woodlands Road, Glasgow

22nd September – Privileged to facilitate a song-writing workshop, in collaboration with Sandy Mack, at the Huntly Hub. Zero to a four verse song in5 hours with twenty enthusiastic participants (and lunch!) (Songs are not just like poems…I know I said they were but they’re not!)

6th September – Reading at the excellent Speakin Weird event at Spin, Aberdeen in the company of so many talented spoken word artists.

1st September 2017 – Privileged to facilitate a Doric Bodies creative writing workshop for the Grampian Pain Support Group at the Frederick Street Health Village. An enjoyable session with a bunch of inspiring people.

24th August 2017 Reading a selection of recent poems as part of the Aberdeen Booked Festival at Aberdeen Arts Centre

27th Feb. 2017 – Pleased to have been once again selected for inclusion in Pushing Out the Boat Issue 14. Short fiction in Three North East Vignettes and poetry in The Type and Retention Bonus coming out in Spring 2017

26th Feb. 2017 – Facilitating a Dark Doric creative writing workshop in collaboration with Shane Strachan as part of Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s first Crime Writing Festival

18th Feb. 2017 – Reading at the Inspiration Point Literary Salon at the Lemon Tree Aberdeen along with fellow Aberdeen Writers Studio authors, Inspiration Point Writers in Residence and Morna Young, the 2017 Dr. Gavin Wallace Writing Fellow.

16th – 25th Jan. 2017 : Inspiration Point Residency with Fifth Ring Ltd. Two weeks of work in collaboration with the team at the Aberdeen offices of an international PR agency developing new work inspired by the business climate in Aberdeen and International Oil and the processes and practices of contemporary marketing and PR.

21st Nov. 2016 : Aiblins : New Scottish Political Poetry, Aberdeen Launch, the Underdog, Castlegate, Aberdeen – watch this space for further details.

6th Oct. 2016 : reading at the Federation for Writers Scotland National Poetry Day event at GOMA, Queens St., Glasgow.
FWS National Poetry Day Event