VIDEO: Creative writing and slam poetry at Rothesay Library

Pupils from Rothesay Academy showed off the results of a creative writing workshop with two top authors at an open mic event in the town’s library this week.

Carly Brown and former Academy pupil Lisa O’Donnell, both studying for an MLit in creative writing at Glasgow University, spent a month working with the S2 and S3 students - and Carly gave the Rothesay Library audience an extra treat in the form of a performance of some of the work which won her the Scottish National Poetry Slam Championships in 2013.

Authors Lisa O'Donnell and Carly Brown at Rothesay Library.

Authors Lisa O'Donnell and Carly Brown at Rothesay Library.

The pupils’ work covered a wide range of subjects - from the fears of a Second World War evacuee to the kidnapping of a troll - while Carly’s own poetry described her ambivalent attitude towards her home state of Texas, the terror which grips the uninitiated on their first trip on the London Underground and the difficulties of adapting to the demands of social media.

The video clip above shows Carly’s performances of the first and last of those poems - ‘Texas, I Can’t Bring You To Parties Any More’ and ‘One Hundred and Forty Characters’ - while you can find out more about Carly at

More from Wednesday’s event in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 16.