Shore Poets June: Tom Leonard, Theresa Munoz and Nancy Somerville

It’s almost time for Shore Poets to take our annual summer holiday, and for all of you to dive into the delights of Edinburgh’s various amazing festivals. But before we go, we have a cracking June line-up for you. We hope you can join us on Sunday 29th June to warmly welcome these three great poets!

SHORE POETS: JUNE
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 29th June 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Tom Leonard's Kinetic Poem

Our headline poet is the inimitable Tom Leonard.

Born in Glasgow, Tom Leonard is best known for poetry written in the urban speech of that city. [...] He received a Scottish Arts Council Bursary in 1971 and 1978. While Writer in Residence at Renfrewshire Libraries he researched and compiled an anthology of local poets, Radical Renfrew (published in 1990). His poem on the Six O’Clock News (‘Unrelated Incidents 3’) is compulsory reading in the AQA English language GCSE course in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2001 he was appointed, with Alasdair Gray and James Kelman, joint Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, from which he retired in 2009. [...] Tom Leonard has written plays, sound poetry, political polemic and a biography of the 19th-century Scottish poet James ‘B.V.’ Thomson, Places of the Mind. He is best known for his poems in Glasgow speech, heralded by the epoch-making Six Glasgow Poems of 1969… It could be argued that Leonard has dedicated his life to answering W.S. Graham’s question, ‘What is the language using us for?’

To find out more about Leonard and his work, we suggest you read the rest of his page at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Our new poet this month is Theresa Munoz.

Theresa was born to Spanish-Filipino immigrants in Vancouver, BC and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her debut pamphlet Close chronicles her move from Canada to Scotland and was launched at StAnza 2012.
Theresa’s poetry has appeared in journals across the Atlantic, including Poetry Review, Canadian Literature, New Writing Scotland, Stand, Under the Radar and many others. She was an Overseas Research Scholar in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow where she wrote the PhD dissertation on the work of none other than Tom Leonard. She has won a British Columbia Arts Council Award and has also been a prize winner in the McClellan Poetry Prize and the Troubadour International Poetry competitions.
You can visit Theresa’s website here.

This month’s Shore Poet is Nancy Somerville.

Nancy was born in Glasgow and is now based in Edinburgh. Her work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. She edited Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children, with Stewart Conn in 2004. Her first collection, Waiting for Zebras, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2008.
You can read more about Nancy at the Scottish Book Trust website.

YOU could read alongside these brilliant folk, in one of our TWO wildcard poet slots. Just bring a poem along, and put your name in the hat at the door!

We’ll also have live music and our famous-for-a-reason lemon cake raffle!

We very much hope you’ll join us!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 29th June 2014
Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

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Shore Poets MAY: Jacob Polley, Pippa Goldschmidt and Hamish Whyte

SHORE POETS: MAY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th May 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Jacob Polley, headline poet at Shore Poets MAY!

Happy May to you all of you poetry readers, writers and performers!

We were really pleased that so many of you came along to our April Open Night last month, and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you once again to everyone who performed. We hope you’ll all head out and visit us again this month, as we have a spectacular line up for May:

Our headline poet is Jacob Polley. Jacob is originally from Carlisle, but now lives in St Andrews, where he lectures in creative writing at the University. His three collections of poetry are The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006) and The Havocs (2012), and in 2009 he also published a novel, The Talk of the Town – all published by Picador. Jacob’s poetry has been twice shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize; it won an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2012. All of his collections have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations.

Our Shore Poet this months is Hamish Whyte. For the past thirty years Hamish has run Mariscat Press, and he has edited several anthologies, including Mungo’s Tongues: Glasgow Poems 1630-1990, An Arran Anthology, and Kin: Scottish Poems about Family.
Hamish’s pamphlet Christmasses was published by Vennel Press in 1998. His long poem Window on the Garden was published as a book jointly by Essence Press and Botanics Press in 2006. Shoestring Press published A Bird in the Hand in 2008 and The Unswung Axe in 2012.

And our new poet for May is Pippa Goldschmidt. Pippa is best known for her novel The Falling Sky, published by Freight Books in 2012 and shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee Book Prize. However, she also writes poetry and short fiction, and has won various accolades for her writing in all genres – including a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2011/12.

YOU could read alongside these brilliant folk, in one of our TWO wildcard poet slots. Just bring a poem along, and put your name in the hat at the door!

We’ll also have live music from The Whole Shebang, and our famous-for-a-reason lemon cake raffle!

We very much hope you’ll join us!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th May 2014
Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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on the last Sunday of every month

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Shore Poets APRIL: it’s Open Night!

SHORE POETS: APRIL
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th April 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

It’s April! Happy springtime from Shore Poets!

Our headline poet this month is Alan Gillis. Alan is a poet and critic, and is editor of Edinburgh Review. His most recent poetry collection is Here Comes the Night (2010), and he is currently completing its follow-up. His first collection, Somebody, Somewhere (2004), was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and won The Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland. His second, Hawks and Doves (2007), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and The Queen’s University of Belfast, and was previously Lecturer in Irish Literature at The University of Ulster, and Research Fellow at The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at The Queen’s University of Belfast.

It’s April this month, so that, of course, means that it’s time for our popular Open Night. We have a host of wonderful poets lined up to read their work, and we’re really excited to hear what they bring to the mic. As always, we’ve had a lot of interest, so all the slots are full, but there is the small possibility that one of our poets won’t be able to make it… so, come along with a poem in your pocket!

Because it’s Open Night this month, there’ll be no Shore Poets Wildcard slot. That’ll be back in May. But as always, we’ll have beautiful music from Becky Leach, Mairi McFadyen and Fiona Robinson. We very much hope you’ll join us!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th April 2014
Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

Tell us you’re coming at our Facebook event!

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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on the last Sunday of every month

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Shore Poets MARCH: Ingrid Murray, Ian McDonough, Kei Miller, & Wild Myrtles

SHORE POETS: MARCH
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 30th March 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Hello poetry fans and friends,

We are excited to bring you this month’s brilliant line-up ahead of our open mic in April. Remember you can still sign up for that by following the instructions at this link! But before we get to the Open Night, please do come and join us for what promises to be a phenomenal March event!

Kei Miller

Our headline poet for March is the inimitable Kei Miller. Kei was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1978, and moved to the UK in 2004. He is the author of three poetry collections, most recently There Is An Anger That Moves (2007) and A Light Song Of Light (2010), both from Carcanet Press. There Is An Anger That Moves won the Dylan Thomas Prize, and A Light Song of Light was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize. Kei is also the editor of New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology, published by Carcanet in 2007. He also writes fiction and essays, and teaches Creative Writing at The University of Glasgow.

Our Shore Poet this month is Ian McDonough. Ian’s publications include the poem sequence A Rising Fever (Kettilonia, 2000), Clan MacHine (Chapman, 2003) and The Vanishing Hitchhiker (Mariscat, 2007). His work has also appeared in places like New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and the Edinburgh Review, and his new collection, A Witch Among The Gooseberries, is forthcoming from Mariscat. Ian writes plays as well as poetry, and when not writing, he works for Scottish community justice organisation Sacro.

This month we’re delighted to welcome new poet Ingrid Murray to Shore Poets. Ingrid holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and as well as poetry, writes short fiction and has completed work on two novels. Her poetry has appeared in various places, including Poetry Scotland, and on the Scottish Book Trust website for her poetic tribute to the Scottish Poetry Library. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize.

We’re also excited to be hosting the hugely popular all-female a capella singing group The Wild Myrtles this month! These ladies have performed all over Scotland and you’ll be able to buy one or both of their two brilliant albums on the night.

As always, we’ll be giving YOU the chance to join this stellar line up. If you’d like the chance to read a poem in one of our two wildcard slots, bring something to read along with you, and put your name in the hat when you pay at the door.
All this, and our famous lemon cake raffle.

We hope to see you there!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 30th March 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Let us know you’re coming at our Facebook event!

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Some photos from our MOMA 2014 prize-giving

MOMA2014: winner Meg Bateman, and some alumni!

Here’s our very deserving 2014 winner of the Mark Ogle Memorial Award, Meg Bateman. From left to right: 2012 MOMA winner Tom Pow, Jane Read, 2014 MOMA winner Meg, Deborah Mather, Sandra Engstrom, 2013 MOMA winner Anna Crowe.

MOMA2014: winner Meg Bateman, and some alumni!

Congratulations to Meg! And thank you very much to everyone who attended our February event!

Shore Poets FEBRUARY: Conn, Hendry, Glaister & MOMA

Happy February, friends! Thankfully, winter is nearly over, and Spring is coming. To celebrate, we have a massive event for you this month, with lots of special happenings. Have a look!

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

stewart conn

Our headline poets (no Shore Poet slot this month!) are Diana Hendry and Stewart Conn. Stewart Conn is one of Scotland’s leading poets. He was born in Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh since 1977, where until 1992 he was head of radio drama for BBC Scotland. He was Edinburgh’s first Makar, or Poet Laureate, 2002-2005. His collection The Breakfast Room (2010) won the SMIT Book Awards Poetry Book of the Year. His most recent publication is Estuary (Mariscat Press 2012) and The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming next month from Bloodaxe Books. He is Honorary President of Shore Poets.

Diana Hendry is an Honorary member of Shore Poets. She has published five collections of poems. Her latest, published last year, is The Seed-box Lantern: New & Selected Poems (Mariscat Press). She has also written over forty books for children, including Harvey Angell, which won a Whitbread Award, and recently The Seeing, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize.
She has been Writer in Residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh University. She lives in Edinburgh.

In a change to our original billing, our new poet will now be Lesley Glaister. Lesley is well-known for her fiction writing, but has only recently begun to compose poetry. The Shore Poets feel privileged to offer her a first-ever poetry reading slot in Edinburgh. We hope lots of you will come and help us to welcome her.
We hope that William Letford, originally billed as our new poet for the month, will join us sometime in the 2014/15 season.

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This month we will also be presenting the Mark Ogle Memorial Award to Meg Bateman. Meg Bateman was born in 1959 in Edinburgh, studied Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen, and holds a PhD in Classical Gaelic religious poetry. Her first collection, Òrain Ghaoil / Amhráin Grá was published, with facing Irish translations by Alex Osborne, in 1990. In English, the title is “Love Songs.” Poems from Òrain Ghaoil were republished in Aotromachd agus Dàin Eile in 1997. Meg’s third collection, Soirbheas, was published in 2007. She lives in Skye with her son and teaches at the Gaelic college, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

We’ll have live music this month from Holm. Holm is Frank Glynn (violin/viola) and Stewart Veitch (electric guitar). They are an eclectic duo who play arrangements of music by Ron Sexsmith, Charlie Haden, Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla, Elvis Costello and Hildegard of Bingen among others, as well as their own compositions. They have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HolmDuo

As usual, we’ll also have our two wildcard slots up for grabs, where YOU can read alongside this amazing line-up! Just bring a poem you’d like to perform, put your name in the hat when you arrive at the door, and wait to see if your name is picked!

All topped off by our delicious lemon cake raffle.

See you there!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Let us know you’re coming at our Facebook event!

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

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Happy new year! It’s time for Shore Poets JANUARY, with Kathleen Jamie

Happy New Year, poetry fans! Shore Poets has been enjoying a restful Christmas break, and we hope you have, too. But now we’re back, with a truly fabulous line-up to kick off your literary year. Check it out!

Shore Poets JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014

Kathleen Jamie, headline poet for Shore Poets January!

The headline poet for this brand new New Year session is Kathleen Jamie. Kathleen was born in Renfrewshire, grew up in Currie and attended the University of Edinburgh, reading for a degree in Philosophy. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1981 aged just 19, and her first collection, Black Spiders, was published the following year.
Since then, she has published many other collections, including the well known and well loved The Queen of Sheba in 1994. Her most recent collection, The Overhaul, published in 2012, won the Costa Prize and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She holds the Chair in Creative Writing at Stirling University. You can hear readings of her poems at poetryarchive.org, and read more about her work at spl.org.uk.

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Our Shore Poet this month is Jane McKie. Jane is the author of two poetry collections: Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon, 2007), and When the sun turns green (Polygon, 2009). The former won the Sundial Award for best first book of 2007, and in 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize. Her most recent publication is Garden of Bedsteads, also 2011 (Mariscat Press). She teaches on the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Creative Writing programme, and is also a creative facilitator for the Making It Home project, based at Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow.

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Michael Pedersen is our January New Poet. Michael is from Edinburgh and has published two poetry chapbooks: Part-Truths (Koo Press) and The Basic Algebra of Buttering Bread (Windfall Books). His first full collection, Play with Me, was published by Polygon in 2013 and blurbed by none other than Stephen Fry (yes, that Stephen Fry). Michael helps to run the monthly literary cabaret Neu! Reekie!, alongside Rebel Inc editor and veteran Scottish counter-culture poet Kevin Williamson. Michael is also a songwriter and has worked on various poetic and musical collaborations. Follow him on Twitter via @scribepedersen for more.

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There’ll be a chance for YOU to read your work as part of this stellar line up, too! Just bring a poem, put your name in the hat at the door when you arrive, and you may be picked for one of our TWO three-minute wildcard slots!

We’ll also have live music and of course, our lemon cake raffle!

Shore Poets JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

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Shore Poets November: Gerrie Fellowes, Christine de Luca & Tracey S Rosenberg

Hello, friends!
Are you ready for a last showcase of brilliant Scottish poetry before the Christmas break? It’s time for Shore Poets November!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th November 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

fellows, gerrie Our November headline poet, Gerrie Fellows, was born in New Zealand, lives in Glasgow, and works as a creative writing tutor. Her first collection, Technologies and other poems, was published by Polygon in 1990, and ten years later they also published The Powerlines, a collection that traces Scottish and New Zealand connections through a variety of women’s voices. The Duntroon Toponymy was published by Mariscat in 2001, and Window for a Small Blue Child by Carcanet in 2007. You can read some of Gerrie’s poem at the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Shore Poets October -- host Christine de Luca
The Shore Poet for November is Christine de Luca. Christine has published five collections of poetry in English and Shetlandic. The Shetland Library brought out the first three: Voes & Sounds (1994), Wast Wi Da Valkyries (1997), and Plain Song (2002). The first two of these won the Shetland Literary Prize. Luath Press published Parallel Worlds in 2005 and North End of Eden in 2010. A bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles, (éditions fédérop, 2007) won the poetry Prix du Livre Insulaire. Christine’s first novel, And Then Forever, was published in 2011. Find out more at christinedeluca.co.uk

Tracey S Rosenberg, new poet at Shore Poets November! Our new poet for November is Tracey S. Rosenberg. Tracey is from America, and lives permanently in Scotland with her husband and cat. She’s the author of the historical novel The Girl in the Bunker (Cargo Publishing, 2011) and a poetry pamphlet, Lipstick is Always a Plus (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and she’s performed her poetry at many slams and festivals. She is currently working on a new collection, and a variety of jigsaw puzzles. Tracey blogs at tsrosenberg.wordpress.com

There’ll also be chance for YOU to read your work as part of this stellar line up! Just bring a poem, put your name in the hat at the door when you arrive, and you may be picked for one of our TWO three-minute wildcard slots!

We’ll also have live music from Andy Miller, and of course, our lemon cake raffle!

Shore Poets NOVEMBER
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th November 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Let us know you’re coming — and invite your friends — using our Facebook event!

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Some photos from Shore Poets October

It was a dark, wild and windy night on 27th October, so we’re extra super grateful to all the lovely folks who braved the elements to come and hear poetry. Thank you!
In case you couldn’t make it, here are a few photos of our October readers.

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Our fabulous host, Nancy Somerville, kicking off the night.

New poet Graeme Hawley at Shore Poets October

New poet Graeme Hawley at Shore Poets October
The new poet was the great Graeme Hawley, a Scottish Slam Champion and organiser of Tricolour, a monthly poetry night at the National Library.

I was the Shore Poet at Shore Poets October!
The Shore Poet was Claire Askew, brand new Young Adult Project Co-Ordinator at the Scottish Book Trust, and blogger at One Night Stanzas.

Music from Tea for Two at Shore Poets October
Music was provided by Tea for Two, who’d love it if you ‘liked’ them on Facebook!

The headline poet at Shore Poets October was Gerry Loose

Headline poet Gerry Loose at Shore Poets October
And our headline poet was Gerry Loose — prolific poet and writer, Writer in Residence at Dawyck Botanical Garden, and garden-builder. Find out more at his website!

Our next event is on Sunday 24th November at the usual time (7.45pm, doors at 7.15pm) and in the usual place (Henderson’s at St John’s). Details will be posted here soon!