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Poets always meet in Callander, Scotland

Joanne McKay, poet, reading

Joanne McKay, poet, reading

It is early September. It seems Summer is quickly becoming a thing of the past (we are in Scotland, glad there has even been a summer this year). But before autumn is untitled to come, Callander Poetry Week-end is the event I like to go to. The Callander poetry week-end started in  2000 and 2001 when poets came to read their poems, booking rooms in the B&Bs and hotels nearby, after Sally Evans and Iain King moved from Edinburgh to Callander.

From Friday afternoon to Sunday, poets gather at the King bookshop and readings starts. They come from Scotland, England and Wales. We listen to Judith Taylor, Sheila Templeton, David Costello, Sally Evans, Iain Blake, Rita Brad (also playing the harp), Colin Will (also playing the saxophone), Brian Johnstone reading poems about war. On Sunday morning the weather allowed readings at the nearby Callander Friendship Garden. About 60 poets came to read their work.

I like catching instants of this friendly meeting. As the weather is autumnal, they take place inside, in the bookshop or in the Kirk. The light is generally low which is something I like, I have to use high sensitivity on the D700. I take most pictures with the 50 mm and the 85 mm, although I find difficult as the space is narrow not to use the 24/70 mm zoom. Fast aperture, high iso (up to 6400), complex light (fluorescent, tungsten, daylight mixed). I rely on my experience of the previous years and Lightroom for post processing and getting the colours right. I like when people are not strongly “camera conscious” and enjoy very much using photography as a mean of telling a story.

David Costello (left) and Colin Will, poets

David Costello (left) and Colin Will, poets

Kemal Houghton, poet

Kemal Houghton, poet

Rita Bradd

Rita Bradd

Judith Taylor, poet

Judith Taylor, poet

Sheila Templeton and Maureen Weldon poets

Sheila Templeton and Maureen Weldon poets

Brian Johnstone, Scottish poet

Brian Johnstone, Scottish poet

Sally Evans poet

Sally Evans poet

Finola Scott, poet

Finola Scott, poet

Martin Bates, poet

Martin Bates, poet

Kevin Cadwallander, poet

Kevin Cadwallander, poet

Iain King checking the founts

Iain King