The theme this year is WATER.
There will be an Open Mic Session
Orkney Library & Archive Foyer
Thursday 3 October
Bring your own poems with a watery theme to read and favourite poems of other poets
The west flushed, drove down its shutter
And night sealed all.
Peaceful the air, the sea.
A quiet scattering of stars.
The great ocean
Makes the gentlest of motions about the turning world,
A thin wash through the pebbles.
No moon this night.
The creels lie still on their weeded ledges.
Not a sound, except far inland
The yelp of a tinker's dog.
Three days ago a storm blazed here, and drowned
Jock Halcrow among his lobsters.
There's one croft dark to-night in the lighted valley.
George Mackay Brown
from The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown edited by Archie Bevan and Brian Murray