I've spotted you scribbling in a notepad and would love to know more about your own talents...
I'm usually writing down notes about the performers so that I can say something about their writing before introducing the next act. When I was at art school in Carlisle I studied sculpture with performance art so I got very interested in hosting one off events that aren't considered to be common place in the town. It's a theme that has continued into [Untitled] as it begins to grow and develop, I like to think of it as a continuation of my art practice, a bit like Jim Lambie's Poetry Club but in Falkirk.
Woo'er with Words is a fantastic spoken word event where people are invited to read new or polished pieces of work. Have you ever been surprised by what someone's read?
From hosting over twenty shows I have learnt to expect the unexpected. Woo'er With Words is the perfect place for people to try out new material so anything kinda goes (within reason). The best bit about Woo'er With Words for me is when the people who attend regularly start belting out their writing as they have become more comfortable and confident performing in public, it's both rewarding and surprising as a couple of months ago they we're keen on performing at all.
Tell us about one of your proudest moments with [Untitled] so far...
I've achieved a lot with [Untitled] from collaborating with Gordon Johnstone from The Grind on some spectacular shows to publishing the latest issue which has been printed professionally and features the work from some of Falkirk's most established names. When I was setting up [Untitled] in 2012 I set a series of goals for me to achieve as a way of documenting any progress, one of these was to have Gordon Legge perform at an [Untitled] event. To see him take to the stage as part of the [Untitled] presents line up during For Falkirk Sake in 2014 has been my proudest moment to date.
How do you envision the future of [Untitled]?
I hope [Untitled] becomes synonymous with the spoken word and literary scene in Falkirk and helps the town becomes a place in which these type of events happen regularly. The future looks extremely exciting, anything really is possible as I have just helped create Tesseract International with Gordon Johnston and Dickson Telfer. TI will allow us to spread our focus further afield and work with new people media. We've got some massive plans for events and publications that will span the entire length of the country. Keep your eyes on this space as it's genuinely going to be awesome, there's plenty for people to get involved with.
Held on the first Saturday of every month upstairs in Coffee On Wooer, Woo'er With Words is Falkirk's monthly mix of poetry, short stories and one act plays. Woo'er With Words is open to anyone with an interest in the spoken word, so come along and join in.
If you have any thoughts or comments on Tesseract International, Craig would love to hear them. Feel free to drop him a message on here or email him directly at email@example.com
Emma Mooney is a writer of Scottish contemporary fiction and is the author of A Beautiful Game. and Wings to Fly.