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Top Scots writers raise funds to fight poverty

Posted by Adrian Doherty Oxfam Scotland Social & Digital Media Volunteer

10th May 2012

Some of Scotland's leading writers are holding a special evening of entertainment in Glasgow, raising money to support farms in the developing world as part of Oxfam's Grow campaign.

Liz Lochhead, Scotland's Makar, and celebrated author Alasdair Gray are among the distinguished guests who will perform at the Glasgow Art Club on May 18. Douglas Dunn, Aonghas MacNeacail and Bernard MacLaverty are also among those taking part.

'Old MacDonald Had A Farm... For Oxfam', is an evening of animal-themed poetry and song to raise funds for Oxfam Unwrapped farmyards, providing communities in poverty with livestock allowing them to produce food to support themselves.

Poet Jim Carruth organised the event which he will also be performing at. As well as raising money on the night, he hopes it will inspire other 'Young MacDonalds' to hold their own fundraising events across the country.

Jim Carruth said: "Each farm will cost £482 and the aim of the project is to raise enough money for as many farms as possible in the next 12 months.

"We are looking for Young MacDonalds to get involved locally across the country to raise enough for at least one farm each. Young MacDonalds are going to be virtual farmers and can be individuals, organisations, workplaces, school groups or friends. Although we're launching with a literary evening, Young MacDonalds can get involved with novelty or sporting events."

Liz Lochhead said: "I can't think of anything more joyous than to be sharing out loud some real favourite animal poems by others, as well as some of our own efforts here and there, in a thoroughly accessible event in aid of such a great cause.
"I felt very honoured to be asked to join my friend Jim Carruth who is doing all the work for this, to be part of this great new initiative."

Gillian Nelson, manager of the Oxfam Bookshop
which helped organise the event, said: "The Oxfam Bookshop are really excited to be involved with this event and we love it when people use their creativity to raise money for Oxfam. It'll be a fantastic night and we are really looking forward to it."

Tickets for the event cost £10 and are available now from the Oxfam Bookshop, 5 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH, by emailing or calling 0141 248 9176.

Please note the event is organised by Oxfam Bookshop but will take place at Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HU. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Notes to editors

For more information or to request an interview, contact Lindsay Clydesdale, Oxfam media officer, on 0141 285 8875 or 07766 725595.

Oxfam Unwrapped uses cash donations to buy gifts of real items that Oxfam then uses to fight poverty. These include goats, fruit trees, mosquito nets and water buckets.

Donate to the 'Old MacDonald' event or find out how to hold a 'Young MacDonald' event

GROW is Oxfam's food justice campaign for a world where everyone always has enough to eat. The global food system is broken. It's not just drought, or famine, or a bad harvest. A host of interlinking factors such as climate change, land grabs, food price spikes and intensive farming cause one billion people worldwide to go hungry - even though we know it's possible to feed everyone on the planet. Get involved in GROW.


Blog post written by Adrian Doherty

Oxfam Scotland Social & Digital Media Volunteer

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