Photos by Robert Wilson
Our team of creative volunteers celebrated the official launch of the first issue of Clydesider community magazine with an evening of music and poetry in Ben View Resource Centre on Saturday.
Clydesider is a social enterprise set up by former Dumbarton Reporter journalist Amanda Eleftheriades with help from a group of dedicated volunteers and creative contributors.
The first issue of the free 40 page publication is available from a wide range of venues across West Dunbartonshire including libraries, community centres, shops, hairdressers, cafes and GP surgeries.
The Clydesider team will also be out and about at community events handing out the magazine and telling people about the venture.
Amanda said: “Having lived and worked locally for 20 years I know there is a wealth of creative skills and talents within our communities but few places for people to showcase their work – that is the aim of Clydesider.
“We have a wonderful group of volunteer poets, writers, photographers and designers, who got involved and contributed to this first issue and I am already receiving emails from others who have seen the magazine and want to get be part of future editions. It is really exciting.”
The launch night in Ben View Resource Centre included music from local band Inis Fada, musicians Sam Begbie, Summer Logan, Billy McGeechan and Charlie Sherry plus poetry and readings from Stephen Watt, Eveline Pye, Colin Scott, Josie Torrance and Mary Irvine.
And Keriann Pearson, the winner of Clydesider’s first photography competition, was presented with her prize of a canvas photo of her winning picture.
Amanda added: “We have already had some really positive feedback from local readers and businesses and we are always keen to hear from people who are interested in volunteering or contributing to Clydesider so if you would like to get involved please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Pictured above (from top): Summer Logan, Stephen Watt, Sam Begbie accompanied by Charlie Sherry, Inis Fada, Josie Torrance, Billy McGeechan and Charlie Sherry, Keriann Pearson receiving her prize from Clydesider editor, Amanda Eleftheriades.