Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Claire Askew + Tom and Jane Fairnie

SHORE POETS: April 2015
Sunday 26th April 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)

April is here, and with it comes the return of a) the sun and b) our open night.

THE SUN

That big yellow dot in the sky. It makes you hum, and smile fondly on the daffodils, and suddenly you want to laze around on the grass and roast food items in a metal tray.

OPEN NIGHT

We turn the mike over to our loyal audience members, or at least the ones who are poets and who email us to ask for a spot. You’ll hear a dozen of ’em over the course of the evening. We have a waiting list, but occasionally people drop out at the last minute, so feel free to bring a poem and check with us at the door when you arrive.

CLAIRE ASKEW

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Our Shore Poet is Claire Askew. Her poems have appeared in all sorts of magazines, journals and anthologies, including The Salt Book of New Writing (Salt, 2013), Furies: An Anthology of Women Warriors (For Books’ Sake, 2014), Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014), Raving Beauties (Bloodaxe, 2015), and Best Scottish Poems 2014. She was the winner of the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry (2013) and received a special runner-up award as part of the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (2014). Her first collection, This changes things, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in February 2016.

MUSICIAN

Live music by Tom and Jane Fairnie. Tom is an Edinburgh-based poet/singer/songwriter who, along with his wife Jane, has a rich background of performance. Tom has been described as “Edinburgh’s Leonard Cohen”. Tom and Jane are also half of Tomfoolery

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

Hope to see you there (after you’ve enjoyed the sun of course).

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

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Shore Poets MARCH: John Glenday, Molly Vogel, Hamish Whyte + Tuesday Rose McDonough

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a clarsach. (Little-known Gaelic proverb.)

SHORE POETS: MARCH 2015
Sunday 29th March 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)

Headline poet: John Glenday
New poet: Molly Vogel
Shore Poets: Hamish Whyte
Live music by Tuesday Rose McDonough

HEADLINE POET: JOHN GLENDAY

John Glenday was born in Broughty Ferry in 1952. He’s published three poetry collections, mostly recently Grain (a Poetry Book Society recommendation, which was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize). His work has been described as humourous and surreal, and Kathleen Jamie described him as a “tough mystic”. He tutors for the Poetry School and has been a judge for the National Poetry Competition.

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NEW POET: MOLLY VOGEL

Molly Vogel is a poet from Thousand Oaks, California. She has been shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Fish, Aesthetica, and PN Review. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. A collection of her work will appear in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI this year.

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SHORE POETS: HAMISH WHYTE

[For anyone who read the earlier version: Jane and Nancy will be appearing in June.]

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.

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Hamish Whyte

MUSICIAN: TUESDAY ROSE MCDONOUGH

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.

AUDIENCE: YOU!

As always, you’ll have a chance to support Shore Poets and win the amazing lemon cake (and maybe other prizes) by participating in our raffle. Don’t forget to send us an email if you want to be considered for next month’s Open Night – for more information, see this post.

Those all-important details again:

Sunday 29th March 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)

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.

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Looking back, looking forward (MOMA and the Open Night)

Looking back: Sunday’s event was fantastic, and we were so thrilled that Kathleen Jamie was able to read her Mark Ogle Memorial Poem. Here she is with Deborah (who was Mark’s wife) and Jane, one of Mark’s twin sisters.

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Looking forward: we’ll have information about the March event soon, but after that we have the Open Night on 26 April, which is when we open the stage to all you lot. If you’re interested in reading with us, send an email to publicity(at)shorepoets.org.uk.

General guidelines and information:

* It’s first come, first served, but we give priority to readers who’ve never read for us before (e.g. at previous open mics or the slam). Reading in the wildcard slot does not count against you.
* If you get a space, and then find you can’t attend, we would greatly appreciate if you emailed to let us know. If you end up on the waiting list, we encourage you to come along as there are usually no-shows. Generally, everyone who asks for a place and turns up gets to read.
* The reading time is a maximum of THREE MINUTES. You’re welcome to read two short poems if this suits you better. We ask that you respect your fellow poets by sticking to the time limit.
* Much as we’d love to offer free entry to everyone who reads, our shoestring finances unfortunately don’t allow this. We greatly appreciate your support of poetry, both as readers and listeners.

Again, to sign up for the Open Night, email publicity(at)shorepoets.org.uk.

Stay tuned for information about the March Shore Poets event!

Shore Poets FEBRUARY: James Robertson, Annie Pia, Christine De Luca + Andy Miller + Kathleen Jamie and MOMA!

It’s still pretty dark in the evenings, but we have poetry and music and some really nice little cakes, so do come along to a bumper evening:

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY 2015
Sunday 22nd February 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)

Headline poet: James Robertson
New poet: Annie Pia
Shore Poet: Christine De Luca
Live music by Andy Miller
Special reading by Kathleen Jamie as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet
and, as always, the lemon cake raffle

HEADLINE POET: JAMES ROBERTSON

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James Robertson is a poet and novelist, as well as a publisher. He’s been awarded the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year award twice, and has been writer in residence at the Scottish Parliament. Like any good poet (and he is definitely a good poet), he has a page on the website of the Scottish Poetry Library.

NEW POET: ANNIE PIA

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Based in Edinburgh, Annie has been published in Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland, New Voices Press and London’s South Bank Poetry Magazine, and her work has appeared online in Far Off Places, poetandgeek and Ink Sweat & Tears. Her poem “Viticuso 1913 and 2005″ has been translated into Italian.

SHORE POET: CHRISTINE DE LUCA

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Christine De Luca, who writes in both English and Shetlandic, is a native Shetlander who has lived in Edinburgh since student days. She enjoys her dual identity and was recently appointed Edinburgh’s Makar or poet laureate (until 2017).

MUSICIAN: ANDY MILLER

Andy Miller is a multi instrumentalist based in Edinburgh. His musical interests range from Old Time American fiddle music and Bluegrass through to Arabic maqam. Andy mainly concentrates on his teaching practice just now and more information can be found at his website.

MOMA POET: KATHLEEN JAMIE

We’re thrilled Kathleen will be joining us, having been chosen as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet for 2015, and reading her response to “Clearing”. See the MOMA page for more information.

AUDIENCE: YOU!

Of course, you’ll have a chance to support Shore Poets and win the amazing lemon cake by participating in our raffle. Often, the raffle includes other prizes donated by our readers or Shore Poets. So even if you don’t win the lemon cake, you could walk away with a prize. Unfortunately, there won’t be a wildcard poet this month as we have the Mark Ogle poet, but dinna fret – that will return next month.

Those all-important details again:

Sunday 22nd February 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)

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.

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Shore Poets JANUARY: Jen Hadfield, Niall Campbell, and Tracey S. Rosenberg

Yes, it’s Burns Night, and to honour The Bard we’ve put together this cracking poetic lineup.

SHORE POETS: JANUARY 2015
Sunday 25th January 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)

Headline poet: Jen Hadfield
New poet: Niall Campbell
Shore Poet: Tracey S. Rosenberg
Live music by the Blue Moon Travellers
and, as always, the lemon cake raffle

BETTER THAN HAGGIS: JEN HADFIELD

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Described as “a beat poet of the upper latitudes”, Jen Hadfield is the author of three collections. Her second, Nigh-No-Place (Bloodaxe, 2008), won the TS Eliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. She was recently named the 2014 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow. For more information, you can check out her blog.

BETTER THAN NEEPS: NIALL CAMPBELL

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Niall Campbell is originally from the Western Isles of Scotland. His first collection, Moontide (Bloodaxe, 2014), won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2014. It was also shortlisted for the Aldeburgh and Forward Prizes for Best First Collection. Last year he was named inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. You can also read his blog.

ALMOST AS GOOD AS TATTIES: TRACEY S. ROSENBERG

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Tracey recently published her second poetry pamphlet, The Naming of Cancer (Neon Books), which Sabotage Reviews called “an inspirational love story”. She’s won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and a Fulbright scholarship in creative writing. And she, too, has a blog.

BETTER THAN A WEE DRAM: THE BLUE MOON TRAVELLERS

Sileagh MacWhirter and Jim Bowers deliver spine tingling vocals and outstanding guitar arrangements of original acoustic songs and favourites from artists such as John Martyn, Bert Jansch and Carole King.

Of course, you’ll have a chance to support Shore Poets and win the amazing lemon cake by participating in our raffle. Often, the raffle includes other prizes donated by our readers or Shore Poets. So even if you don’t win the lemon cake, you could walk away with a prize!

Those all-important details again:

Sunday 25th January 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)

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.

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Some photos from our Book Week Scotland Quiet Slam!

Thanks to everyone who attended our November event — our first ever slam! — it was brilliant, all because of your warmth and enthusiasm! Here are some photos of our excellent performers…

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Various Moons
Our November musicians, Robin and Colin, aka Various Moons

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Tracey S Rosenberg
Sacrificial [Shore] Poet Tracey S Rosenberg

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Patricia Ace
Patricia Ace

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Juliet Antill
Juliet Antill

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Claire Archibald
Claire Archibald

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Stephen Barnaby
Stephen Barnaby

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Rose Fraser-Ritchie
Rose Fraser-Ritchie

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Audrey Henderson
Audrey Henderson

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Andrew Sclater
Andrew Sclater

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Nicky Melville
Third prize winner Nicky Melville!

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Angela Cleland
Second prize winner Angela Cleland!

Shore Poets vs Be The First To Like This "Quiet Slam" for Book Week Scotland: Colin McGuire
…and slam champ, Colin McGuire!

Special thanks to Be The First To Like This and Book Week Scotland for helping make our slam happen!

We hope to see you all at our January event, but in the meantime… a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Shore Poets!

Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Quiet Slam!

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(Cat Dean performing at the this collection all-female Quiet Slam in 2011)

Dear readers, fans, friends, poets…

As promised in our last blog update, we’re mixing it up this month… doing something we’ve never attempted before!

Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Quiet Slam
in association with Be The First To Like This and Book Week Scotland

That’s right – we’re slamming! For the first time ever, we’re hosting our very own (quiet) poetry slam, especially for Book Week Scotland 2014. Ten poets will compete: six of them will be poets featured in Be The First To Like This, the brand new, very exciting poetry anthology from Vagabond Voices. The other four slam slots are open to anyone, and successful slammers’ names will be picked from a hat on the night! Prizes up for grabs include book tokens, poetry books and CDs, and our overall winner will progress to the Scottish Slam Championship finals!

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 a skinny two 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.
Interspersed among all this we’ll have our usual lovely music, this month from Various Moons. We’ll also have our raffle, so you’ll still get chance to win the infamous lemon cake!

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a slam where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly, reading from paper, or being nervous (this seems obvious really, because we’re nice people and we don’t have hearts of stone). We also want to encourage slam virgins to take part – have you been intrigued by the whole slam thing but put off by the competitiveness and shouting? This is a good place to cut your slam teeth. Finally, judges will score participants on the quality of their poem and the quality of their performance alone. There will be no score for audience reaction – because it’s not fair for someone to walk off with the top prize just because they brought a lot of friends!

Prizes!
The highest scoring poet of the night will win a £30 book token and automatically go forward to compete in the Scottish Poetry Slam Championship finals.
The runner up will win a £20 book token and third prize is a £10 book token.
All performers will receive a small prize for taking part, too!

Can I take part…?
You can! There are four open spots up for grabs and performers will be selected via a random draw on the night. Just email publicity@shorepoets.org.uk to have your name put in the hat!

…even if I’m not in Be The First To Like This?
Yep! We’re promoting BTFTLT by offering six of our slam slots to poets who appear in that book. We’ll also be selling copies of the book on the night. This is because we feel the anthology is a really lovely recognition of Scotland’s many talented new and upcoming poets, and we want to help promote it. But the BTFTLT poets will also be drawn from a hat to find out who competes, and they’ll compete on the same footing as everyone else!

Judges
We’re happy to announce that our Head Judge will be our very own Jane McKie – you may remember her mad slam-judging skills from last Book Week Scotland, and the Dead Poets Slam at the Bongo Club! Helping Jane out with her very tricky task will be Dr Alan Gillis, Honorary Shore Poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, and Jennifer Williams, Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library.
The event will be hosted by Shore Poet and BTFTLT contributor Claire Askew.

Don’t worry – we’re not changing too much. Our venue is still the lovely Henderson’s at St John’s, and you’ll still be able to buy tickets for our famous raffle (books and other goodies added to the mix this month, as well as the lemon cake)! We hope you’ll come along and support us as we venture into new, uncharted territory!

Here are the most important details:

SHORE POETS QUIET SLAM: NOVEMBER 2014
Sunday 30th November 2014, 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)

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Shore Poets bonus events (November)

We had great fun at our October event, and the November event (Sunday 30 November – mark your diaries!) is going to be a cracker – we are, as I believe the young people say, Mixing It Up A Bit. But the Shore Poets are not resting on any proverbial laurels, for this month we also have two pamphlet launches and a prize nomination!

Thursday 20 November, Scottish Poetry Library, 6 for 630pm
Launch of A Witch Among the Gooseberries by Ian McDonough [Mariscat Press]
There will be music and also snacks
You can book your free ticket here

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Thursday 27 November, Scottish Poetry Library, 6 for 630pm
Launch of The Naming of Cancer by Tracey S. Rosenberg [Neon Books]
There will be snacks but, alas, no music, unless someone happens to play the spoons
You can book your free ticket here

Naming Of Cancer Cover (small)

Ian and Tracey (and their respective publishers, and the Scottish Poetry Library, and the gods of Poetry) would be thrilled if you could attend.

Also! Christine De Luca’s pamphlet Dat Trickster Sun [Mariscat Press] has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. The winner will be announced at a special dinner (!) at the British Library on 25 November. I’m guessing this isn’t open to the general public, sadly. We are all hoping that Christine will win and no one will spill any of their special dinner on the books, as I believe the British Library librarians get cross about that sort of thing.

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Shore Poets OCTOBER: Brian Johnstone, Ken Cockburn, Lindsay Macgregor, and Angela McSeveney

October already! Time for woolly scarves and pumpkin-spice flavoured everything, including – I am not making this up; they exist at Trader Joe’s – pumpkin-spice flavoured pumpkin seeds.

Whether Henderson’s @ St. John’s has pumpkin-spiced cake, I do not know, but they definitely have warming treats so you can enjoy those during our October event.

[Update! Claire assures me that Henderson’s have a “spiced ginger flapjack with pumpkin seeds on top”. I’m not one for ginger but it does sound nice.]

SHORE POETS: OCTOBER 2014
Sunday 26th October 2014, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
REMEMBER THE CLOCKS GO BACK THAT WEEKEND!
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Headline poets: Brian Johnstone and Ken Cockburn
New poet: Lindsay Macgregor
Shore Poet: Angela McSeveney
At least one wildcard poet
Live music by Ros, Roy & Corinne
and, as always, the lemon cake raffle

Our headline poets are two honorary Shore Poets: Brian Johnstone and Ken Cockburn.

Brian Johnstone has published six collections, most recently Dry Stone Work (Arc Publications 2014). His poems have been translated into over ten languages; in 2009, Terra Incognita, a chapbook in Italian translation, was published by L’Officina (Vicenza). A founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, he has appeared at numerous international poetry festivals, from Macedonia to Nicaragua, and venues across the UK. (In fact, as of the time this blog entry was being written, Brian was appearing at a festival in Canada!) He will be reading from his most recent book, as well as a few favourites from previous publications, with his poems ranging over subjects from travels in Greece to Scottish history, from life in the circus to cartoon characters, from 40s jazz stars to 60s pop groups.

Ken Cockburn was born in Kirkcaldy. He studied French and German at Aberdeen University, and Theatre Studies at University College Cardiff. From 1996 to 2004 he worked at the Scottish Poetry Library, as Fieldworker and Assistant Director. With Alec Finlay he established and ran pocketbooks, an award-winning series of books of poetry and visual art (1999-2002), and was subsequently a director of platform projects, its successor company. Since 2004 he has worked as a freelance writer, translator, editor and writing tutor. His first collection of poems, Souvenirs and Homelands, was shortlisted for a Saltire Award in 1998, and a collection of his translations of contemporary German poets, Feathers and Lime, was published in 2007, as was a new collection of poems, On the flyleaf. His poems have been published in translation in French, German, Hungarian and Slovakian.

Both Brian and Ken have pages on the Scottish Poetry Library website, where you can find more information and links to their poems.

Our new poet is Lindsay Macgregor.

Lindsay is co-founder and co-host of Platform poetry and music nights at Ladybank Station in Fife. She writes online poetry reviews for Dundee University Review of the Arts and co-edits Dundee Writes, a small magazine of prose and poetry by students and staff from across the University of Dundee. Her poems have been published in Northwords Now, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland, Ink, Sweat and Tears and New Writing Dundee. She is currently working on a text and image collaboration with Sutherland artist Merran Gunn.

Our Shore Poet is Angela McSeveney.

Angela’s 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.

Our live musicians are traditional musicians Ros, Roy & Corinne.

And who will be our wildcard poet? Maybe you! Just bring a poem you’d like to perform, put your name in the hat when you arrive at the door, and wait breathlessly to see if your name is picked!

Of course, you’ll have a chance to support Shore Poets and win the amazing lemon cake by participating in our raffle. Often, the raffle includes other prizes donated by our readers or Shore Poets. So even if you don’t win the lemon cake, you could walk away with a prize!

Those all-important details again:

Sunday 26th October 2014, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
REMEMBER THE CLOCKS GO BACK THAT WEEKEND!
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh

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.

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Shore Poets SEPTEMBER: Donny O’Rourke, Richie McCaffery, and Martin McIntyre

Welcome back to another season of Shore Poets, everyone! We’re glad to have survived the festivals, and by the time this event rolls around, we’ll have survived the Referendum.  (Unless we don’t, in which case we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.)

We hope you can join us for the opening event of our new season.

SHORE POETS: SEPTEMBER 2014
Sunday 28th September 2014, 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)

Headline poet: Donny O’Rourke
New poet: Richie McCaffery
Shore Poet: Martin McIntyre
At least one wildcard poet
Live music by Karen Dietz and Richard Klein
and, as always, the lemon cake raffle

Our headline poet is Donny O’Rourke:

“Poet, songwriter, film maker, critic, editor, teacher and translator, Donny O’Rourke was born, brought up and educated in Renfrewshire and has degrees from the University of Glasgow and from Cambridge. Many fellowships and awards have come his way including the Hermann Kesten Stipendium which took him as Glasgow’s representative to its twin city, Nürnberg, in May 2004. After several years (and very senior positions) in television and journalism, Donny went freelance. He still broadcasts regularly and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, CDs and works for the theatre including translations, mostly from French. He edited the landmark anthology Dream State: the New Scottish Poets, published in 1994 and updated in 2001.”

His page on the Scottish Poetry Library website (from which the above was taken) has even more information and links to a few of his poems.

Our new poet is Richie McCaffery:

Richie recently published his debut collection, Cairn, with Nine Arches Press. He also has two pamphlets, Spinning Plates (HappenStance, 2012), and Ballast Flint (Cromarty Arts Trust, 2013), the latter of which was written in collaboration with artist Hannah Rye. He’s won an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary and has been a Hawthornden Fellow, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Melita Hume Poetry Prize.

He too has a page on the Scottish Poetry Library website, where you can find more information, though only one link to a poem.

Our Shore Poet is Martin McIntyre:

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 April 2014, he was a panellist in the Commonwealth Writers Conversation “The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues” as part of the Aye Write festival.

And yes, Martin also has a page on the Scottish Poetry Library website, including links to poems in both English and Gaelic.

Our live musicians are Karen Dietz and Richard Klein.

And who will be our wildcard poet? Maybe you! 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!

Of course, you’ll have a chance to support Shore Poets and win the amazing lemon cake by participating in our raffle.

Those all-important details again:

Sunday 28th September 2014, 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

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

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