• Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival – Writing Awards

    A good evening tonight in Glasgow, listening to the short-listed pieces of writing from a competition of a total 120 entries.The pieces of writing ranged from poems, letters and short stories.It was great to hear the pieces read aloud by the authors or other people, as it brings added texture to the plain reading silently from a page or screen.

    An e-book of the shortlisted pieces will be available from tomorrow at SMHAFF .

    I recommend you read the winner, a story by Harry Stigner, called ‘Selkie’. I loved it. I congratulated the author, I also asked her permission to use it in my groups, and she was delighted!

    Here is the poem I submitted:


    Like a ghost, like a wraith
    never finding peace
    waking to the knowing
    that this day will give me grief

    Like a warrior, a soldier
    fighting where he’s told
    working word machines
    like it’s 1984

    Like a person despairing
    feeling all alone
    in a room full of people
    telling no-one

    Fighting for my mental wealth,
    fighting for the light,
    I seek the good in everything,
    in every sight.

    Every breathing moment,
    every day I’m here
    I rise again awake, aware
    Hope over fear.
    C. Cather 2015


Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.


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