GWL presents a day in celebration of Margaret Tait at the CCA Glasgow…
Margaret Tait: Poetry and Film
We are happy to announce a great partnership with CCA Glasgow to hold a celebration of Margaret Tait’s Poetry and Film. As poet, artist and above all filmmaker Margaret Tait realised her vision of the world across many of the artificial boundaries in the arts. Join us for a day in celebration of her work.
Blue Black Permanent Screenings
Friday 3rd August, 7pm
& Saturday 4th August, 2pm
Following a sell out event at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2012 we are happy to offer another opportunity to see Margaret Tait’s debut feature film, Blue Black Permanent, twenty years after its release.
A haunting and magical film about a daughter’s attempts to come to terms with her mother’s mysterious death. This is a delicate and poetic work of intense emotion.
Margaret Tait: Film Poet
A GWL Documentary Première
Saturday 4th August, 4.30pm
Margaret Tait died April 16th 1999, aged 80. She was an intensely private person with a unique vision, firmly rooted in her native Orkney. Glasgow Women’s Library, working with filmmakers Marissa Keating and Michael Jones, went on a journey to document the story of this elusive filmmaker and poet through her friends, family, and peers. Join us for the premiere of that work.
A short trailer of the documentary was screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2012, you can watch the trailer below.
Poems, Stories and Writings Book Launch
Saturday 4th August, 7pm
Margaret Tait was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In ‘documentary’, she wrote, real things ‘lose their reality …and there’s no poetry in that. In poetry, something else happens.’ If film, for Tait, was a poetic medium, her poems are works of craft and observation that are generous and independent in their vision of the world, poems that make seeing happen.
In this book Sarah Neely, Lecturer in Film at the University of Stirling, draws on Tait’s three poetry collections, her book of short stories, her magazine articles and unpublished notebooks to make available for the first time a collection of the full range of Tait’s writing. Join us for the Glasgow launch of this collection with some familiar Orcadian voices reading the work and an introduction from Sarah Neely.
The launch and readings will be followed by a screening of And Under That, the film from 2011′s Margaret Tait Award winner Anne-Marie Copestake, a portrait of two women created through acts of looking and listening.
All events are free of charge but booking is required. Please click here to book your free place(s) and please ensure you provide details of which of the Margaret Tait events you would like to attend and how many places on each. All events take place at CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.