Banging the Drum for poetry

Drum Beats poets Paul Finegan, Anthony Mulligan, Narda Dalgleish, Christopher Ryan, Thomas Clark, Julian Colton and Sara Clark
Drum Beats poets Paul Finegan, Anthony Mulligan, Narda Dalgleish, Christopher Ryan, Thomas Clark, Julian Colton and Sara Clark
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Locals suffering from poetry withdrawal symptoms after the Burns Night celebrations have a real treat in store for them at Damascus Drum this weekend as the cafe stages ‘Drum Beats’, Hawick’s inaugural open mic poetry slam.

The event, running at the Drum from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday, will showcase some of the best performance poetry the Borders has to offer, with headliner Julian Colton supported by a host of local talent, including the likes of Paul Finnegan, Thomas Clark and Christopher Ryan.

Organiser and host Sara Clark hopes ‘Drum Beats’ will quickly become an established event. “Performance poetry is a huge part of the cultural life of Hawick,” she said. “Hopefully this event will become another regular platform for writers to showcase their work. Poetry is for everyone and we would like this to be an event that involves the whole community.”

Planning for a second event is under way, and organisers are keen to hear from local poets who would like to be involved, whether established authors or first-time writers. ‘Drum Beats’ will be followed by the musical open mic night. Entrance to both events is free.