…is Dundee’s ‘premiere open mic night’ for the spoken word. Though we’ve had both song and dance also on occasion. Read and listen or listen and read or just listen. Poetry and prose education edification and entertainment on a Monday evening once a month are on offer at a traditional all welcome event. When I first started going to Hotchpotch a few years ago we met in a bar in the city’s cultural quarter. We’ve since held events in coffee shops and a bar and have now ended up in another bar close to where we started. Shrink to Fit it’s called. Seems appropriate not being quite as tardis like as the establishment in which we performed previously.

This week I performed two of my poems one in English and one in Scots. ‘Every Time You Cough’ is about Verdant Works Scotland’s Jute Museum in Dundee where I’m one of the Tour Guides. It’s dedicated to the people who lived loved laughed and struggled in Juteopolis one of the nicknames given to the city for over a century and a half.

‘Whar Desperate Dan’s the Real Mackay’ is a kind of pageant of the people characters and stories who have lived in the city and by the River Tay over centuries. Its alternative title is ‘From William Wallace to the V&A’. And Juteopolis is in there too. Ridiculously ambitious I know but…unlike William McGonagall who performed his poetry in the city’s hostelries around a century ago no one threw missiles or abuse at me! Check the Hotchpotch Dundee Facebook page or follow on Twitter for details @Hotchpotchers and come along if your in town!

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