Shore Poets FEBRUARY: Maoilios Caimbeul, Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi Gill + Poetics (the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra) + Vicki Feaver and MOMA!

Whew! We’re breathless just from reading that header, because we have a bumper Shore Poets night coming up at the end of February. First, the basic details:

Sunday 28th February 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Our first event in this venue was the Quiet Slam in January (congratulations to champion Russell Jones!) and we all loved the venue and staff, and hope you will too. We’re in the upstairs bit (though you get your drinks downstairs). Starting at 7pm meant we were all away by quarter past nine, which is a bit nicer for those getting buses or trains – but we can make no promises about the end time of the February event, since there is so much event! (We fully expect to finish by ten at the very latest, and probably earlier.)

MAIN POET: MAOILIOS CAIMBEUL

(Photo and poet information borrowed/adapted from the website of the excellent Scottish Poetry Library.)

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Maoilios Caimbeul/Myles Campbell is a poet, novelist and teacher, working mainly in Scottish Gaelic and living on Skye. He was born in Staffin, served with the Merchant Navy and then studied Celtic and History at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1976. He has published seven novels for young people in Gaelic, a novel for adults, and eight collections of poetry, including a selected poems 1974 – 2006, Breac-a’-Mhuiltein (Coiscéim, 2007) in Scottish Gaelic with Gaeilge linear translations. Awards include Gaelic Books Council awards for early collections, prizes in poetry competitions in Scotland and Ireland, and the An Comunn Gàidhealach National Mod Bardic Crown in 2002. He has been Honorary Bard of Comunn Gàidhlig Inbhir Nis / Gaelic Society of Inverness since 2012.

SPECIAL GUEST POET: JANE YOLEN

For this poet’s appearance we must thank Eleanor Livingstone, director of the StAnza Poetry Festival! We asked Eleanor if she knew of any poets who might be turning up early for StAnza, and she suggested Jane, and one of the Shore Poets promptly melted into a puddle of fangirl and might not be reconstituted in time for the event. By the way, why not go to StAnza yourself? It’s 2-6 March, in St Andrews, and it’s always lovely.

Jane Yolen

[Photo copyright Jason Stemple.]

From Jane’s website: “Jane Yolen sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. She has written over 300 books, won numerous awards, been given six honorary doctorates in literature, and got to spend a day in a studio with Kevin Kline while he did voice over for one of her animated stories. Guess which accomplishment she talks about most?”

NEW POET: MARJORIE LOTFI GILL

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Marjorie Lotfi Gill is the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland and the Writer in Residence for Spring Fling and the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival. Her poems have been published in anthologies and journals in the US and UK, including Ambit, CURA, Gutter, Magma, Mslexia, The North and Rattle, and have been performed on BBC Radio 4.

MUSICIANS: POETICS (EDINBURGH MANDOLIN AND GUITAR ORCHESTRA)

This month’s music is courtesy of the Poetics, a quintet that harmonises guitar, mandola, and mandolin. They are part of Edinburgh Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra. The Poetics cover light orchestral, Latin, folk and Scottish traditional; especially if it evokes poetic feeling.

MOMA POET: VICKI FEAVER

Vicki was chosen as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet for 2016, and will be reading her response to Mark’s poem “Deborah”. See the MOMA page for more information.

Vicki Feaver is Emeritus Professor at the University of Chichester and has published three collections of poetry: Close Relatives (Secker 1981), The Handless Maiden (Cape 1994) and The Book of Blood (Cape 2006). She has been the recipient of a Heineman Prize, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Award, and a Cholmondeley Award.

AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, and of course provides one lucky winner with an excellent lemon cake. We will not be having a wildcard spot, though, as we are bursting with poetry. (Hopefully next month!)

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 28th February 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there!

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Shore Poets JANUARY: The Quiet Slam! + Mother Superior and the Wherewithals

Sunday 31st January 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

NEW TIME AND NEW LOCATION

We’re starting at 7pm, which we hope will make life easier for those who travel long distances to join us and those who wish not to go home very late in the night. We’re also in a new venue – Oh! Outhouse, on Broughton Street Lane.

IT’S OUR QUIET SLAM!

We had a slam last season and we liked it, so we’re doing it again. Ten performers will entertain you, but they will also be judged and there can only be one (winner).

What’s the format?
Each of our ten poets will perform twice. We’ll have a first round, in which each poet will read for 2 minutes, and be scored by our judges. After a break there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This means each poet gets two chances to wow our judging panel! The top three highest scoring poets from rounds one and two will go into a final, where they’ll get chance to read for three whole minutes. Then we’ll find out our winner! Interspersed among all this poetry we’ll have our usual lovely music (see below for details). We’ll also have our raffle, so you’ll still get chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets! (We appreciate your support.)

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a slam where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. (Have you been to a not-quiet slam? It is usually very loud. We don’t mind loudness, but we’d like to offer something different.) Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly, reading from paper, or being nervous. We also like to encourage new slammers to take part. Finally, judges will score participants on the quality of their poem and the quality of their performance, not for the loudness of the audience response. Some poems just don’t lend themselves to whooping, you know?

MUSICIAN: Mother Superior and the Wherewithals

Just because we’re slamming doesn’t mean we won’t have great music. Mother Superior & The Wherewithal are fundamentally Chris Kant and Iain Clark (although larger formats are available). They have collaborated on arty music since the early 1980s and both currently live in Edinburgh where Chris is an IT consultant and Iain is a retired museum curator.

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Photo credit: Stuart Pennykid

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.

Did you leave a grey scarf at our October event? If so, please contact one of the Shore Poets at the event, or leave us a comment/send us an email/write us a poem and we will return it to you.

We hope to see you at our Quiet Slam! Those details again:

Sunday 31st January 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

And mark your diaries for our jam-packed February event on Sunday 28 February – in addition to a regular lineup, it’s our MOMA award, and we have an extremely special guest poet!

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Sad news

All of us at Shore Poets were extremely sorry to learn about the death of Alexander (Sandy) Hutchison last month, peacefully, after a short illness. Sandy was Tessa Ransford’s son-in-law, so it is likely that Tessa’s memorial service on 7 December will also remember him. (The details are below.)

We were very honoured to have Sandy read for us in September. Our thoughts are with his family.

Tessa Ransford, founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, died last month at the age of 77. The following information about her memorial event comes from Shore Poet and Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca:

Date and time: Monday 7th December, 7pm–10pm (doors open 645pm).
Location: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13-17 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PA.

We hope it will be a wonderful celebration of Tessa the poet, editor, champion of Scottish poetry and poetry pamphlet publishing but, supremely, the moving force in the creation of the Scottish Poetry Library, and its first director.

There will be tributes, music and poems; contributions from a few of the many people who worked with Tessa and valued her friendship. Some go back a long way to the start of the SPL (Joy Hendry, Tom Hubbard, Aonghas Macneacail, Eric Wishart); others have supported her over the intervening years (Anne C Clarke, Ken Cockburn, Alan Gay, Tom Pow, Chrys Salt, Morelle Smith Alan Spence, Gerda Stevenson) or worked closely with her in translation and the appreciation of other cultures (Peter France, Iyad Hayatleh, Ghazi Hussein, Jila Peacock). Others are special poetry friends, including more recent ones (Kevin Cadwallender, Alec Finlay, Richie McCaffery, Stuart Paterson, Michael Pedersen, Stephen Watts, JL Williams). Sadly Robyn Marsack can’t be with us as she will be in NZ, but she is sending a very able substitute in Jennifer (JL) Williams to represent the SPL. It was Tessa’s wish that there be music as well as poetry and that her grand-children Max and Lucy Hutchison should entertain us along with her friend Toby Mottershead. Quite a line up!

So please invite other friends you think might enjoy this celebration in Tessa’s memory, using all the social media at your disposal. It would be really helpful in gauging numbers if you could do an RSVP email to fund@stcolumbashospice.org.uk

The event is free but since we want to raise as much money as we can for St Columba’s Hospice do please donate in Tessa’s memory at https://www.justgiving.com/Tessa-Memorial, gift-aiding your donation if you are a UK tax-payer.

We are grateful for the support of Lady Marks in defraying expenses.

Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Tawona Sithole, Hamish Whyte, Flora Sinclair + Tuesday Rose McDonough

Sunday 29th November 2015
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Clouds and Soil, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

NEW TIME AND NEW LOCATION

Our November event is earlier – starting at 7pm, which we hope will make life easier for those who travel long distances to join us and those who wish not to go home very late in the night. It’s also at a new location, the hospitable Clouds and Soil on Picardy Place. (NB this might change in January – keep an eye on our social media!)

Please join us at a NEW time and a NEW location for the final Shore Poets event of 2015 – which is also our Book Week Scotland event! We will be giving out Book Week Scotland stickers galore, oh yes we will.

MAIN POET: TAWONA SITHOLE

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Our ultra-special Book Week Scotland main poet is Tawona Sithole!

Tawona is a poet, playwright, mbira musician, educator and facilitator. His ancestral family name, Ganyamatope, is a reminder of his heritage, which inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. As co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group, Tawona’s work involves supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts. Currently poet in residence for GRAMNet, he also works in a variety of settings and institutions. As he continues to write, teach and perform, mostly he appreciates his work for the many inspiring people it allows him to meet.

SHORE POET: HAMISH WHYTE

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Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, and runs Mariscat Press. He’s an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang. His most recent collection of poems, Hannah, Are You Listening?, was published by HappenStance in 2013.

NEW POET: FLORA SINCLAIR

Flora is originally from the west of Scotland but has lived in Edinburgh for the past 17 years or so. She qualified in medicine but has spent her working life so far both in and out of being a doctor. She has worked and trained in various fields including Higher Education, alternative medicine and, in particular, mental health. She recently completed the MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University, specialising in poetry.

MUSICIAN: TUESDAY ROSE MCDONOUGH

A Shore Poets favourite, Tuesday Rose McDonough has been playing clarsach and singing since she was eight years old. Her repertoire extends from traditional Gaelic songs to Nirvana and Bob Dylan. She is a fluent gaelic speaker and won the medal for self-accompanied singing at the National Mod in Stornoway while still at primary school. She’s sung and played the clarsach live on radio and in a number of venues including The Queen’s Hall, The Usher Hall, The Royal Scots Club, and The Edinburgh Society of Musicians. She’s received awards from the EMI Foundation and The Verdi Trust.

We should have a wildcard spot, so if you want a chance at reading a poem (maximum length three minutes), ask at the door to put your name in the hat.

And, as always, we will have our famous lemon cake raffle, renowned throughout this land. The raffle provides us with much-needed funds and we appreciate your support.

Did you leave a grey scarf at our October event? If so, please contact one of the Shore Poets at the event, or leave us a comment/send us an email/write us a poem and we will return it to you.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for Book Week Scotland 2015! We hope to see you there at our NEW location and a NEW time:

Sunday 29th November 2015
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Clouds and Soil, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Shore Poets OCTOBER: update, and events to the end of the year

So much information to pass on that it all deserved a separate blogpost.

Below, you’ll find information about the memorial event for Tessa Ransford. We also regret the recent passing of Elizabeth Burns; as she was awarded the Mark Ogle Memorial Award in 2009, we will be incorporating a memorial for her in the MOMA event in 2016.

We’ve updated the October event – the blogpost has been amended, but if you just want the highlights, here they are (also remember that the clocks go back this weekend!):

– Thanks to Scottish PEN, our October event will also include an appearance by Iranian poet Sepideh Jodeyri. You can read more about her translation of the French graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Colour, for which she has been heavily criticised in Iran, in the Guardian.

– Because we’ve added a fourth poet to the line-up, unfortunately there will not be a wildcard spot this month. We hope to have one in November.

– Our musician now has a biography: Sheena Jardine was born in Stirling and studied violin at the RSAMD. After leading the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in a tour which culminated at the Edinburgh Festival and London Proms, she went on to lead the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and RSAMD Chamber orchestra, and won several prizes for chamber music. On leaving college she freelanced with Scottish Opera, BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. In December 2013 Sheena gave a critically acclaimed performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the St Andrew Orchestra conducted by John Mortimer. Sheena also plays traditional music with the band Sporran Again.

Additionally, Shore Poets founder Brian Johnstone notes that the evening of our event (Sunday 25 October) comes during a point when the Forth Road Bridge is completely closed. Please be sure to adjust your travel plans accordingly.

NOVEMBER: Don’t forget to mark your diaries for our final event of the year (Book Week Scotland ahoy!) on Sunday 29 November, with main poet Tawona Sithole. Time and location are to be confirmed, so check back for further updates.

DECEMBER: Tessa Ransford, founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, died last month at the age of 77. The following information about her memorial event comes from Shore Poet and Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca:

Date and time: Monday 7th December, 7pm–10pm (doors open 645pm).
Location: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13-17 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PA.

We hope it will be a wonderful celebration of Tessa the poet, editor, champion of Scottish poetry and poetry pamphlet publishing but, supremely, the moving force in the creation of the Scottish Poetry Library, and its first director.

There will be tributes, music and poems; contributions from a few of the many people who worked with Tessa and valued her friendship. Some go back a long way to the start of the SPL (Joy Hendry, Tom Hubbard, Aonghas Macneacail, Eric Wishart); others have supported her over the intervening years (Anne C Clarke, Ken Cockburn, Alan Gay, Tom Pow, Chrys Salt, Morelle Smith Alan Spence, Gerda Stevenson) or worked closely with her in translation and the appreciation of other cultures (Peter France, Iyad Hayatleh, Ghazi Hussein, Jila Peacock). Others are special poetry friends, including more recent ones (Kevin Cadwallender, Alec Finlay, Richie McCaffery, Stuart Paterson, Michael Pedersen, Stephen Watts, JL Williams). Sadly Robyn Marsack can’t be with us as she will be in NZ, but she is sending a very able substitute in Jennifer (JL) Williams to represent the SPL. It was Tessa’s wish that there be music as well as poetry and that her grand-children Max and Lucy Hutchison should entertain us along with her friend Toby Mottershead. Quite a line up!

So please invite other friends you think might enjoy this celebration in Tessa’s memory, using all the social media at your disposal. It would be really helpful in gauging numbers if you could do an RSVP email to fund@stcolumbashospice.org.uk

The event is free but since we want to raise as much money as we can for St Columba’s Hospice do please donate in Tessa’s memory at https://www.justgiving.com/Tessa-Memorial, gift-aiding your donation if you are a UK tax-payer.

We are grateful for the support of Lady Marks in defraying expenses.

Many thanks!

Shore Poets OCTOBER: Liz Berry, Martin MacIntyre, Louise Peterkin + Sheena Jardine

SHORE POETS: October 2015
Sunday 25th October 2015, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

DON’T FORGET THE CLOCKS GO BACK THIS WEEKEND. Obviously all our fancy gadgets tell us this, but just in case you don’t check your fancy gadgets on Sunday, we thought we’d remind you.

NB this is our final event at Henderson’s at St. John’s. Please keep an eye on this blog or on our Facebook page or Twitter account for updates on our future location.

Please join us for the second Shore Poets of the season, and thanks for sticking with us.

MAIN POET: LIZ BERRY

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Liz Berry

We are thrilled to have Liz Berry as our October main poet, particularly as she was unable to perform at StAnza last March.

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, an Arvon-Jerwood Mentorship in 2011 and won the Poetry London competition in 2012. Her pamphlet The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. Liz’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star.

GUEST POET: SEPIDEH JODEYRI

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Thanks to Scottish PEN, our October event will feature an appearance by Iranian poet Sepideh Jodeyri. You can read more about her translation of the French graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Colour, for which she has been heavily criticised in Iran, in the Guardian.

SHORE POET: MARTIN MACINTYRE | MARTAINNE MAC AN T-SAOIR

Martin MacIntyre

Martin MacIntyre

An acclaimed author, bàrd and storyteller, Martin has been working across these genres for a number of years now. His early poetry was published in Let Me Dance With Your Shadow in 2006, and in 2007, at The Lochaber National Mòd, Martin was crowned Bard by An Comunn Gàidhealach. In 2014, he was a panellist in the Commonwealth Writers Conversation “The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues” as part of the Aye Write festival.

NEW POET: LOUISE PETERKIN

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Louise Peterkin

Louise lives in Edinburgh and works at the University of Edinburgh Library. She has performed at many poetry events, including TenRed and Blind Poetics, and was the featured poet in the Foakies ten-year anniversary show on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has been published in the Vers Poets Anthology and New Writing Scotland 2015: The Rooftop Busker. She has led poetry workshops with Advanced Higher Students in West Linton. Much of her poetry is inspired by films.

MUSICIAN: SHEENA JARDINE

Sheena Jardine was born in Stirling and studied violin at the RSAMD. After leading the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in a tour which culminated at the Edinburgh Festival and London Proms, she went on to lead the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and RSAMD Chamber orchestra, and won several prizes for chamber music. On leaving college she freelanced with Scottish Opera, BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. In December 2013 Sheena gave a critically acclaimed performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the St Andrew Orchestra conducted by John Mortimer. Sheena also plays traditional music with the band Sporran Again.

Unfortunately, we will not have time for a wildcard spot this month. It should return in November.

Finally, Shore Poets founder Brian Johnstone notes that the evening of our event (Sunday 25 October) comes during a point when the Forth Road Bridge is completely closed. Please be sure to adjust your travel plans accordingly.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for Sunday 25th October 2015! We hope to see you there, in spite of bridge closures.

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Shore Poets SEPTEMBER: Alexander Hutchison, Angela McSeveney, Jenny Lindsay + Familia

SHORE POETS: September 2015
Sunday 27th September 2015, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

NB we thought we would be in a new venue this month, but as it happens, we’re not moving just yet! Please keep an eye on this blog or on our Facebook page or Twitter account for updates on our future location.

Please join us for the first Shore Poets of the season. We’re glad to have at least one more session at our lovely venue, Henderson at St John’s.

MAIN POET: ALEXANDER HUTCHISON

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Alexander Hutchison, a poet and translator in Scots and English, was born in 1943 in Buckie in the north-east of Scotland, and has worked mostly as a University teacher – including eighteen years in Canada and the USA. He currently lives in Glasgow. His first book, Deep-Tap Tree (University of Massachusetts Press, 1978), is still in print. Other collections include The Moon Calf (Galliard, 1990) and Carbon Atom (Link-Light, 2006). Melodic Cells, an interview with Hutchison conducted by Andrew Duncan appears in Don’t Start Me Talking: Interviews with Contemporary Poets. (Salt: Cambridge, 2006). Salt also published Scales Dog: New and Selected Poems in 2007 and Bones & Breath (2013). (Biography courtesy of the Scottish Poetry Library.)

SHORE POET: ANGELA MCSEVENEY

Angela McSeveney

Angela McSeveney became a Shore Poet in 2003 and treasurer not long after. Her first collection of poems, Coming Out With It, was published in 1992, after she received advice and encouragement from fellow writers Liz Lochhead and Ron Butlin. She has since published three pamphlets, the most recent of which, Still Bristling, was published by Mariscat Press in 2012. She lives in Edinburgh.

NEW POET: JENNY LINDSAY

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Jenny Lindsay was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Maybole, South Ayrshire. Jenny has performed, promoted, and compered events all over the UK, including appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stanza, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest, Bristol Poetry Festival and Glastonbury.

Jenny has been described as having been instrumental in creating a thriving spoken word scene in Edinburgh and beyond. Now, as one half of Rally & Broad (“a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene” [The List] ) Jenny continues to dedicate as much time and energy to promoting the scene as she does to her own writing and performances.

MUSICIANS: FAMILIA

The Bradd family often perform as individual musicians, and are coming together under the name ‘Familia’ for their Shore Poets appearance.

Alan Bradd has been playing guitar since his teens. He plays in local band ‘Barnstorm’ where he performs guitar, banjo and vocals.

Rita Bradd was a Shore Poets Open Mic-er in 2013. She has had poetry published in anthologies, has collaborated with several poets, recently appearing on The Verb on BBC 3 as a guest of Ian McMillan, with a commissioned duet poem with Ira Lightman. She enjoys composing and jamming along with other musicians.

Wesley Bradd is a multi-instrumentalist singer/song-writer who has been teaching and performing music for years, with an impressive collection of original works. He has performed at festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe on the Sea, and The Three Harbours as well as private
functions.

Melissa Bradd graduated from Edinburgh University with B.Mus (Hons). Two years ago she qualified as a Sound Therapist using gongs or a variety of drums, mantras and grounding instruments. She operates from OMH Therapies in Edinburgh. Melissa uses piano, flute, ukulele and voice in composing for both orchestra and her own stage performances.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for 27 September 2015! We hope to see you there.

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Looking ahead to the new Shore Poets season

In case you’re wondering what we’ll be up to in 2015-16 – more excellent poetry and music as well as the famous lemon cake raffle.

UPDATE ON 5 SEPTEMBER: Our September event will be at the old/usual location of Henderson’s at St John’s. We are not moving just yet! Sorry for this, but we just found out. Thank you very much for our patience. The September event post will be up by the end of the week (so check back around the 13th).

As far as we’re aware, we’ll have the same schedule as usual – the last Sunday of the month (except July, August, and December), starting at 7:45pm. We’ll update social media immediately if that changes, so keep an eye on this page or our Twitter feed @shorepoets (or email us at publicity[at]shorepoets.org.uk to be added to our mailing list).

For this season’s dates, check out the new diary page.

Shore Poets JUNE: Ron Butlin, Nancy Somerville, Jane McKie, Rachel McCrum + Alison Reeves

SHORE POETS: June 2015
Sunday 28th June 2015, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Please join us for the final Shore Poets of the season – and help us say goodbye to our lovely venue, Henderson at St John’s, as well as to longtime Shore Poet Nancy Somerville! It will likely be a tearful event and we shall hand out as many tissues as required.

MAIN POET: RON BUTLIN

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Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar (2008-2014). In 2009 he was made the first ever Honorary Writing fellow (together with Ian Rankin) at Edinburgh University. Much of his poetry, as well as many of his novels and short stories, have been broadcast and translated into over a dozen languages. His poetry collections include Ragtime in Unfamiliar Bars, Histories of Desire, and The Magicians of Edinburgh.

SHORE POETS: NANCY SOMERVILLE AND JANE MCKIE

A double act!

Nancy

Nancy Somerville is an Edinburgh-­based Glaswegian who is widely published in anthologies and magazines. In 2004, with Stewart Conn, she co­edited Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children. Her first poetry collection, Waiting for Zebras, was published by Red Squirrel Press (Scotland) in 2008. She has been a member of Shore Poets since 1997 and was convenor 2010-­2014.

Jane

Jane McKie’s first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Her other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009) and Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011), which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

NEW POET: RACHEL MCCRUM

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Rachel McCrum arrived in Edinburgh in 2010, via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She works as a poet and performer and, with fellow poet Jenny Lindsay, is one half of Rally & Broad, Scotland’s cabaret of music, words and lyrical delight. Her first pamphlet, The Glassblower Dances, was awarded the 2012 Callum MacDonald Award. In Spring 2014, she spent time performing and teaching workshops in South Africa as one of the Commonwealth Poets United, part of a project supported by the Scottish Poetry Library and the British Council/Connect ZA. Her second pamphlet, Do Not Alight Here, was recently published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.

MUSICIANS

Live music by Alison Reeves. Alison is a fiddler, playing traditional music mostly from Scotland and Ireland. Music has been a happy sideline to a career in theatre and community arts and she’s performed for over 20 years in ceilidh bands and solo in theatre productions and to small audiences. Recently, being a mum to two wee boys, she’s been playing quietly in her kitchen and has found it suits her. She’s venturing out to share these gentle tunes with old friends at Shore Poets.

And of course we’ll have the famous lemon cake raffle, if we can stand to call out the winning number through our tears.

Please come along to say hello to our performers, and goodbye to old friends!

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Readings by mainly Scottish poets on the last Sunday of every month

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Shore Poets MAY: Vicki Feaver, Ian McDonough, Harry Giles + Matt Smith and Sarah Northcott

SHORE POETS: May 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Please join us for the penultimate Shore Poets of the season. And not just because “penultimate” is a cool word. We only regret not using “antepenultimate” when we had the chance.

MAIN POET: VICKI FEAVER

Feaver, Vicki by Shirley Goodwin

According to her page on the British Council website, Vicki Feaver was born in Nottingham in 1943 and educated at Durham University and University College, London. Meanwhile, Poetry Archive notes that she grew up “in a house of quarrelling women”, which sounds intriguing. She’s won the Forward Poetry Prize and the Heinemann Prize, and has published three poetry collections, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3. (Photo by Shirley Goodwin.)

SHORE POET: IAN MCDONOUGH

Ian

Ian McDonough was born and brought up in Brora on the East Coast of Sutherland, and began to be interested in literature in school when he was made to clear out a book cupboard as a punishment for insubordination. His poem sequence “A Rising Fever” was published in pamphlet form by Kettilonia in 2000, and in the same year he was commissioned by the Engineering and Science Research Council and Strathclyde University to produce a series of poems on particle physics. His most recent collection, “A Witch Among the Gooseberries” (Mariscat Press), has been nominated for the Callum Macdonald Prize.

NEW POET: HARRY GILES

Anatomy #8

Harry Giles is a writer and performer based in Edinburgh. He founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word and co-directs the performance platform ANATOMY. His pamphlets Visa Wedding (2012) and Oam (2013) are published by Stewed Rhubarb; he was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion; and in 2014 was one of six shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Award. His participatory theatre has toured festivals across Europe, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia) and CrisisArt (Italy). His performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian’s best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category.

MUSICIANS

Live music by Matt Smith and Sarah Northcott, a fiddle and guitar duo playing a mixture of Anglo-Celtic traditional and original music. Based in the Scottish Borders, they have performed at various venues around Scotland and as far afield as the Celts in the Cotswolds Festival (supporting Catriona MacDonald). Their music ranges from traditional English and Scottish dance tunes, via Scandinavia and Brittany, to original material drawn from a variety of influences. Fiddle and guitar interweave through subtle and intricate arrangements and energetic, driving dance tunes to create an overall sound which is both moving and exhilarating.

And of course we’ll have the famous lemon cake raffle.

We hope to see you there!

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

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

Readings by mainly Scottish poets on the last Sunday of every month

Scottish Book Trust

(Photo credit)