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Next Hotchpotch meeting: Wed 13 Mar at Blend on Dock Street, 6:00pm for 6:30pm – our 14th birthday, no donations taken

Good evening,

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our last Hotchpotch. We do it all again on Wednesday 13 March at Blend on Dock Street. The doors open at 6:00pm, and the readings begin at 6:30pm.

That next event also coincides with the 14th birthday of Hotchpotch. To celebrate this, and because you’ve been so generous since we introduced the donations system, the March 2024 event will be free of charge. Our event had a few different hosts in its first five years, and here’s a blog post from 2012 about how we came into existence.

The structure of Hotchpotch has evolved since then, but the general principles remain the same. We use an open-mic format where each reader is given seven minutes on a first-come basis to perform poems and/or stories. There is no pressure to read; many people come along just to be part of the audience.

In response to questions from a couple of potential members: there is no need to book in advance, nor to be selected for inclusion. It’s simply a matter of coming along on the evening and putting your name on the list.

Note that Hotchpotch is not a place to heckle nor interrupt. Anyone being disruptive may be asked to leave.

And finally, we have a bumper crop of other events happening locally and further afield:

◘ Arts Workers for Palestine holds its next screening on Tuesday 20 February in Generator Projects at 6:30pm:
View on Instagram

◘ If you happen to be in Australia, be sure to see Morna Burdon in Gie’s Piece at the Adelaide Fringe. The run starts on Saturday 24 February.
Learn more about Gie's Piece

◘ The Members’ Show at Generator Projects runs until Sunday 3 March:
Visit the exhibition

◘ From Monday 4 March, Kevin P Gilday is running a six-week course called The Verse Foundry, helping writers to create a body of polished work ready for the stage. This is at The Alchemy Experiment in Glasgow.
Join The Verse Foundry

◘ On Thursday 7 March, Charlie Gracie and Clare Phillips, plus friends, present an evening of poetry and prose at the Coach and Horses in Dumfries.
Event details on Facebook

◘ As part of the Dundee Women’s Festival, Cat Macleod and Tilda Watson host a creative workshop exploring literature related to women’s relationships with food. That’s at Braw Tea in Broughty Ferry on Friday 8 March:
Get tickets on Eventbrite

◘ Our regular member Julia Knight plays comedy and parody songs at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh on Friday 15 March from 7pm.
More info on AllEvents

◘ Dundee Reading Club meets on Thursdays at Blend on Dock Street. That’s from 6pm to 8pm.
Visit Blend Coffee

◘ Luis Alcada is planning to put on a scratch night for playwrights at the Keiller Centre towards the end of April. If you would like to submit a ten-minute excerpt, email him at:
Email Luis Alcada

◘ Nadin is a Palestinian graduate student at the University of Dundee who is raising funds to allow her to stay in the UK and pursue further education. She wishes to pass on her thanks for our members’ generous support.
Support Nadin's journey


Gavin Cameron


Updated 18 Feb 2024