Shore Poets NOVEMBER – Valerie Gillies, Christine De Luca, Tim Craven + Sandy Brechin

Sunday 26th November 2017, 7 pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

Please join us for an entertaining evening of poetry and music at the last Shore Poets of 2017. We have a fantastic line-up of three Edinburgh poets, two of the city’s previous makars, plus an up-and-coming talent. We’re also excited to welcome one of Scotland’s best known accordionists to provide sensational musical interludes.

NEW POET: TIM CRAVEN

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Tim Craven – originally from Stoke-on-Trent – is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University under the supervision of our own Shore Poet Jane McKie and Miriam Gamble. He has an MFA from Syracuse University (USA). He won the Grierson Poetry Prize this year and was the winner of the last but one Shore Poets Quiet Slam. He has been widely published in magazines and hopes to have a collection out soon.

 

SHORE POET: CHRISTINE DE LUCA

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Christine De Luca – born and brought up in Shetland but has lived in Edinburgh for many years (with frequent visits north). She writes in both English and her native Shetlandic. She has just retired as Edinburgh’s Makar (Poet Laureate) after an incredibly busy three and a half years – but shows no sign of slowing down – she seems as busy as ever, reading at festivals all over Europe and beyond. She has had six collections of poems published. A recent pamphlet, Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat Press) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and her latest collection, just out, is Edinburgh: Singing the City, published by the Saltire Society and bringing together poems written during her Makarship. Her first novel came out in 2011 and she has collaborated with both jazz and traditional musicians. She is a long-time member of Shore Poets and a real (and much-loved) driving force behind the group.

 

GUEST POET: VALERIE GILLIES

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Valerie Gillies is one of Scotland’s most distinguished poets. She was born in Canada but brought up in Scotland. She has had nine collections of poetry published, the most recent being The Cream of the Well: New and Selected Poems (Luath 2015) and has often worked with artists and musicians. Her early writing was encouraged by Norman MacCaig. Her concerns include Scottish identity and history, often interwoven with nature and environment: the interconnectedness of things. ‘She has worked to disseminate poetry in many forms – written, oral and visual – so that it is a presence in the everyday life of the Scottish people’ (Professor Laura Severin, North Carolina State University). She was Edinburgh’s second Makar, succeeding Stewart Conn, and serving 2005-8.

 

MUSICIAN: SANDY BRECHIN

Photo by Arne von Brill

Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s most famous accordion players, as well as a respected teacher, composer, producer and record label owner.
He has been playing (the same accordion!) for forty years, having toured every continent in the world with various bands during that time. He has recorded on over a hundred albums, as well as releasing a book of his own compositions and two teaching DVDs. Twenty years ago, he set up his own label, Brechin All Records, which is now firmly established as a leading independent Scottish folk retailer.
In recent weeks, Sandy has been touring in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, where his lightning fast fingering and irreverent sense of humour ensure packed out venues.
This December, Sandy will be performing in Princes St Gardens for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, as he has done for most of the last twenty years, with his hugely popular ceilidh band for the massive outdoor ‘Ceilidh Under the Castle’ for 3,500 people.

 

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, so we very much appreciate your support. And it is a most excellent lemon cake. (Occasionally, we also have poetry books in the raffle, and are very grateful to the donors thereof.)

We will have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat (ideally we will ask you, but sometimes we forget to ask and then we feel sad once we remember our omission). Bring a poem to read in case you’re chosen! You’ll have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – it’s a good idea to time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is usually only for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’. You can unsubscribe anytime you want to, although we would be sad if you did.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. Emails sent to any other email address go to the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.

 

 

Shore Poets OCTOBER – Quiet Slam

Sunday 29th October 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

We had our last Quiet Slam in January, but thanks to some shifting around of the Shore Poets calendar, this year’s slam will be happening in October!

Ten poets will entertain you, but they will also be judged and there can only be one winner.

We are still looking for slammers, and the sign-up deadline has been extended to 8pm on Friday 20 October. Please email Tracey at writingmostly at gmail.com if you wish to throw your name in the hat. This is the only method of signing up (so please, no comments on this entry, carrier pigeons sent to Shore Poets Towers, etc.).

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. After a break, there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This gives each poet two chances to wow our judging panel and entertain you, our audience! The three highest-scoring poets will go into a final, where they’ll read for three whole minutes. The winner of the slam will read one final poem.

We’ll also have our usual lovely music and our raffle, so you’ll still get the chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets. (Thank you for your support.) There might be a feature poet as well, though last year’s winner, Tim Craven, will not be performing – he should be coming up later in the year, though, so do look out for him.

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a competitive poetry event 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 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?

MUSICIANS: Cantabile

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John Mortimer with the vocal group Cantabile will present some of his new compositions, including works which use words written by members of Shore Poets (Diana Hendry, Hamish Whyte and Frank Glynn). The presentation will illustrate the contrasting challenges faced by composers setting metrical and free verse, and also the reverse, i.e. fitting words to an existing melody.

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

Sunday 29th October 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Shore Poets SEPTEMBER

We’re back! The first Shore Poets event of the 2017-18 season is approaching and we’d love you to join us! Please come along and help us launch this year’s line-up.

Sunday 24th September 2017

7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

MAIN POET: JAMES McGONIGAL

James McGonigal is a poet, editor and translator. He has published on modernist poetry and on Scottish and Irish literature, as well as four pamphlet collections. Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat Press, 2010) won the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Award. His most recent collection is The Camphill Wren (Red Squirrel Press, 2016). A friend and literary executor of Edwin Morgan, he wrote Beyond the Last Dragon: A Life of Edwin Morgan (Sandstone Press, 2012), and co-edited The Midnight Letterbox, a selection of his correspondence 1950–2010 (Carcanet Press, 2015). His website www.jamesmcgonigal.com gives samples of his work.

NEW POET: VICKI HUSBAND

Vicki Husband’s first collection of poetry, This Far Back Everything Shimmers, was published by Vagabond Voices in 2016 and shortlisted for the Saltire Society Best Scottish Poetry Book of 2016. Vicki’s poetry reading highlights include StAnza International Poetry Festival, Lahore Literary Festival and Airdrie Observatory.

SHORE POET: JANE MCKIE

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.

MUSICIANS: TRIBAISER

Tribaiser are Fraser Sharp, Kyle Kinnear and Jack Lodge, playing keyboards, drums and trombone; three students who have emerged from the increasingly successful music programme at Heriot Watt University, who have just completed a very successful Highland tour with the Heriot Watt Jazz band. ‎

They play early standards to contemporary jazz. ‎Fraser played a superb set at their last Shore poets outing, and we are looking forward to ‎welcoming him back with some new friends.

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, so we very much appreciate your support. And it is a most excellent lemon cake. (Occasionally, we also have poetry books in the raffle, and are very grateful to the donors thereof.)

We will have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat (ideally we will ask you, but sometimes we forget to ask and then we feel sad once we remember our omission). Bring a poem to read in case you’re chosen! You’ll have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – it’s a good idea to time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

LOOKING AHEAD:

Our Quiet Slam this year takes place on Sunday 29 October! A quiet slam is a competitive poetry event where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly or reading from paper. We also like to encourage new slammers to take part. Full details will be posted next month, and the throwing-your-name-in-the-hat deadline will be 15 October. If you already know that you want to throw your name in the hat (or you have any questions in the meantime), please email Tracey at writingmostly at gmail.com with the words ‘Quiet Slam’ somewhere in the subject line.

Meanwhile, see you on 24th September!

Useful information:

1) We have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is usually only for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’. You can unsubscribe anytime you want to, although we would be sad if you did.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. Emails sent to any other email address go to the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.

Shore Poets JUNE: Miriam Gamble, Ioannis Kalkounos, Christine de Luca + Simmerdim + Liz Berry and MOMA!

It’s the final Shore Poets event of the season! Please come help us celebrate.

Sunday 25th June 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

MAIN POET: MIRIAM GAMBLE

(Photo and poet information gratefully borrowed from the website of the excellent Scottish Poetry Library. Photo credit: Paul Maddern)

Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels in 1980 and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University Belfast, where she completed a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry; she now lectures at the University of Edinburgh. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2010. Her pamphlet, This Man’s Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007. Her two collections, The Squirrels Are Dead and Pirate Music were published by Bloodaxe Books, in 2010 and 2014. Squirrels won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011.

NEW POET: IOANNIS KALKOUNOS

Ioannis Kalkounos grew up in Greece and moved to Edinburgh in 2011, where he obtained a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. His first collection of poems, dakryma, was published in 2011 (Athens, Dromon Publications). He is Programme Manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

SHORE POET: CHRISTINE DE LUCA

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 is Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate).

Her latest collection is Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat 2014). She is active in translation and has taken part in literary festivals in many countries. Her poetry has often won awards in her native Shetland and a French bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles (éditions fédérop, 2007), won the Prix du Livre insulaire 2007 pour Poésie. Her poems have been selected three times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year.

MUSICIANS: SIMMERDIM

Simmerdim were formed in 2015 as an a cappella trio. They sing songs from all around the world and from all genres. They are Frances Cockburn, Alison Cook and Ann Landmann. Simmerdim have performed at at sessions around Edinburgh, at The Edinburgh Folk Club, Art in the Park, Nitten Folk Club, and the Linlithgow Folk Society, and ‘The World’s Room at Ryries Bar’. They share some members of The Wild Myrtles who last played for the Shore Poets in 2011.

MOMA POET: LIZ BERRY

Liz was chosen as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet for 2017, and will be reading her response to one of Mark’s poems. See the MOMA page for more information.

Liz Berry

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.

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.

See you on 25th June!

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is usually only for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’. You can unsubscribe anytime you want to, although we would be sad if you did.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. Emails sent to any other email address go to the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.

Have a great summer!

Shore Poets MAY – Niall O’Gallagher + Peter MacKay, Andrew Sclater, Angela McSeveney, Tracey S. Rosenberg + Skelf

Before we get on to the May event – in case you’re wondering where MOMA went to this year, we pushed it back to June because that was the best time for our MOMA-winning poet, the fantastic Liz Berry, to come to Edinburgh. So do keep an eye out for that event, which will be 25th June!

But please try to contain your excitement, because our May event comes first, which is also extremely worthy of excitement and perhaps some unrestrained whoops.

Sunday 28 May 2017
7pm (doors open at 630pm or a bit later, depending on prior events in the space)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

Main poet: NIALL O’GALLAGHER

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Niall O’Gallagher was born in 1981. After studying and then teaching at the University of Glasgow he went to work as a journalist. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust / Gaelic Books Council in 2009 to work on his first collection of poems, Beatha Ùr (Clàr, 2013), which was followed by Suain nan Trì Latha (Clàr, 2016). Critics have described his poems as ‘erotic’, ‘eloquent’ and ‘iconoclastic’. Writing in The Herald, Aonghas MacNeacail wrote ‘Gaelic poetry welcomes an exiting, new (this time essentially urban) voice’.

AND his translator. Peter MacKay / Pàdraig MacAoidh is the author of Gu Leòr / Galore (Acair 2015) and From another island (Clutag 2010) and co-editor and translator of An Leabhar Liath: 500 years of Gaelic love and transgressive verse (Luath 2016). He lectures in literature at the University of St Andrews.

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Shore Poets:

The Shore Poet spot this month will once again be filled by twice the usual number of Shore Poets.

ANGELA MCSEVENEY

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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.

TRACEY S. ROSENBERG

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Tracey S. Rosenberg is an American who came to Scotland and never left. She’s the author of the historical novel The Girl in the Bunker (Cargo Publishing, 2011) and two poetry pamphlets: Lipstick is Always a Plus (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2012) and The Naming of Cancer (Neon Books, 2014). In 2010 she was awarded a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. She’s Bookstalls Manager at the StAnza Poetry Festival and a tutor on the online MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University.

This will be Tracey’s last appearance as a Shore Poet (sob!).

New poet: ANDREW SCLATER

Andrew Sclater

Andrew Sclater has held New Writers Awards from the Scottish Book Trust (SBT) and New Writing North. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Picador Poetry Prize. His family originate in Orkney and Galloway, and he now lives between Edinburgh and the Rhinns of Galloway. He is the co-founder of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, an actor, and a drystane-dyker.  His work has appeared in Ambit, Best Scottish Poems, The Dark Horse, Magma, New Writing Scotland, The Istanbul Review, Poetry Review, The Scotsman, and Shearsman. He is a founder of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine. His pamphlet Dinner at the Blaws-Baxters was published by HappenStance in 2016.

Music by SKELF

Do you like the Whole Shebang? Skelf is a subset of them, but with new material. Should be a grand musical adventure!

We hope to see you on 28th May!

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. The old email address doesn’t go anywhere except the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.

3) Dates for your diary: the final Shore Poets event of the 2016-17 season will be 25 June 2017.

Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Jane McKie + Kirsty Law

Once again, it’s our Open Night!

Sunday 30 April 2017
7pm (doors open at 630pm or a bit later, depending on prior events in the space)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

Yes, it’s our annual Open Night, where much of the event is handed over to up-and-coming poets. The signup period has closed, and we’ll be drawing names out of our collective poetry hats (they’re ever so stylish) and contacting everyone in due course. (If you have any questions or need to snatch your name back out of the hat, please contact us at shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com.)

Shore Poet: JANE MCKIE

Last month, Jane McKie won the Magma Poetry Prize (judged by Jane Draycott), so if we’re very lucky she’ll read her prize-winning poem for us! She also won the 2011 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. Jane’s first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011) which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice, and Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). She’s a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

Music by KIRSTY LAW

Borders-born Kirsty Law grew up learning traditional songs, mainly in the Scots dialect. She now combines this with her strong interests in songwriting and poetry which has lead to exciting collaboration and her own self penned work, inspired by the ideas and forms she finds within the tradition. She has now launched into a career of performing and writing, fast becoming noticed as a talent to watch.

THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, so we very much appreciate your support. And it is a most excellent lemon cake. (Occasionally, we also have books or CDs in the raffle, and are very grateful to the donors thereof.)

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.

We hope to see you on 30th April!

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) we have a new email address; the old one will not forward anything to the new one, though there should be an auto-reply. That new address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is: shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com

3) Dates for your diary: the final Shore Poets events of the 2016-17 season will be 28 May and 25 June 2017.

Shore Poets MARCH – Alan Spence, Kate Hendry, Hamish Whyte, Frank Glynn + It & Them

Hello, people!

Before we get on to the March event, a word about Sunday 30 April, which is our Open Night (with Jane McKie in the Shore Poets spot). If you’re interested in throwing your name in the hat to do a 5-minute reading, please email shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com by the end of the day on Friday 7 April. [Please don’t use any other email address or leave a comment on a social media platform.] We’ll draw names from that hat and also create a reserve list in case of dropouts.

But first we have the March event! We have four, count ’em, FOUR (4) poets and one (1) fantastic musical group.

Sunday 26 March 2017
7pm (doors open at 630pm or a bit later, depending on prior events in the space)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

Main poet: ALAN SPENCE

Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He is Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, where he founded the WORD Festival. With his wife, he runs the Sri Chinmoy meditation centre in Edinburgh. His most recent books are the novel Night Boat, the poetry collection Morning Glory (with Elizabeth Blackadder), and the playscript No Nothing.

Shore Poets: HAMISH WHYTE and FRANK GLYNN

The Shore Poet spot this month will be filled by twice the usual number of Shore Poets.

Hamish Whyte

Hamish Whyte runs Mariscat Press, is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang. Two collections of poems, A Bird in the Hand and The Unswung Axe, have been published by Shoestring Press. In 2007 he was a joint Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow with Diana Hendry. A pamphlet, Hannah, Are You Listening?, was published by HappenStance in 2013.

Frank Glynn has been writing poetry and prose for many years, with several novels in his drawer. He plays violin and viola in several ensembles around Edinburgh, in The Whole Shebang, in Holm, and in the St Andrew Orchestra. He is the music facilitator for Shore Poets.

New poet: KATE HENDRY

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Kate Hendry’s first collection of poems, The Lost Original, was published by HappenStance Press last year. The Glasgow Review of Books described it as a collection of ‘deeply affecting poems that take the familiar and the everyday, and turn them into something new, something profound, and often something unsettling.’ She spent many years teaching in prisons, followed by stints at Edinburgh Napier and the National Library of Scotland. She now teaches English in a secondary school and runs the monthly Nothing But the Poem reading groups at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Music by IT & THEM

It & Them have been playing together since 2012, originally through Edinburgh College Traditional Ensemble. They play a variety of well-known folk music from Scotland and Ireland with a few obscure tunes thrown in the mix. The trio consists of Fiddle (Leona McNab), Clarsach (Sam Macadam), and Guitar (Nathaniel Haas). For more music from them, check out facebook.com/itandthem or soundcloud.com/it-them.

We hope to see you on 26th March!

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) we have a new email address; the old one will not forward anything to the new one, though there should be an auto-reply. That new address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is: shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com

3) Dates for your diary: the final Shore Poets events of the 2016-17 season will be 30 April, 28 May, and 25 June 2017.

Shore Poets FEBRUARY – Kevin Cadwallender, Jay Whittaker, Ian McDonough + Cera Impala

In January, we crowned Tim Craven the Quiet Slam 2017 champion! Congratulations to Tim and thanks to all our slammers and our musicians for being so entertaining. Now we’re going back to our usual kind of event, but we still vow to be entertaining.

Sunday 26 February 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

We have three great poets and one fantastic musician:

Main poet: KEVIN CADWALLENDER

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Kevin is a widely published poet, as well as a well-known spoken word performer. He was Scottish National Slam Champion 2012, and was shortlisted for a Sony Award and a Clarion Award for the BBC Radio 4 programme Voyages. He organised 10RED (a night of spoken word), is Edinburgh producer for the podcast 10RED Out Loud, and has edited various magazines and many anthologies. He’s creative editor at House of 3 Press.

Shore Poet: IAN MCDONOUGH

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Ian McDonough was 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 first full-length poetry collection was shortlisted for Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year, and his latest collection, A Witch Among The Gooseberries (Mariscat, 2014) was runner-up for the 2015 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.

New poet: JAY WHITTAKER

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Jay Whittaker has lived and worked in Edinburgh for over 20 years. Her pamphlet Pearl was published in 2005 (Selkirk Lapwing Press) and poems have been published in Envoi, Brittle Star, The Frogmore Papers, Orbis, and The Interpreter’s House. She was shortlisted for a Scottish New Writers 2016 Award and the 2016 Bridport Poetry Prize. She is a member of Edinburgh’s Other Writers. Her first full length collection, Wristwatch, comes out in autumn 2017 (Cinnamon Press).

Music by CERA IMPALA

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Cera Impala is a wild banjo-wielding mama from the USA who has toured internationally. A magnetic songsmith she has a voice both timeless and unique and she performs with relaxed charm, wit, intelligence and passion. Her compositions and lyrics spin genuine and intimate yarns. A multi-instrumentalist, she plays ukelele, guitar, and her very own brand of hard-driving clawhammer banjo.

We hope to see you on 26th February!

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) we have a new email address; the old one will not forward anything to the new one, though there should be an auto-reply. That new address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is: shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com

3) Date for your diary: the March event will be Sunday 26 March 2017.

We’ll soon be looking for performers for our Open Mic night, which is coming up in April. Keep an eye on this website, or join our mailing list to get information!

Shore Poets JANUARY: The Quiet Slam! + the Fraser Sharp Trio

Sunday 29th January 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm – but we may not be able to go upstairs immediately)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Happy new year! Once more, it’s time for our Quiet Slam! (Or our ‘Quite Slam’ if you type too quickly and forget to proofread.)

Ten poets 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. After a break there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This gives each poet two chances to wow our judging panel and entertain you, our audience! The three highest-scoring poets will go into a final, where they’ll read for three whole minutes. The winner of the slam will read one final poem.

We’ll also have a feature set from last year’s winner Russell Jones, our usual lovely music, and our raffle, so you’ll still get the chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets. (Thank you for your support.)

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a competitive poetry event 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, and indeed one of our judges is publicly known for being a Loud Poet, but we 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?

What if I want to perform in the slam?
I’m afraid we are no longer accepting entries. Please keep your eyes peeled for the Open Night callout.

MUSICIANS: The Fraser Sharp Trio

The Fraser Sharp Trio play early standards to contemporary jazz. They are three students who have emerged from the increasingly successful music programme at Heriot Watt University. This will be their debut performance.

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.

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

Sunday 29th January 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Useful information:

1) we have a new mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) we have a new-ish email address; the old one will not forward anything to the new one, so if you emailed us there and never received a reply, unfortunately that’s probably why. That new address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is: shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com

3) Date for your diary: the next event will be Sunday 26 February 2017.

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)

Callout for Slammers – Quiet Slam, January 2017

We’ve had two Quiet Slams (our first one looked like this), and we’re doing a third one!

We’ll put up a proper event entry next month, but here are some details in case you want to actively participate.

We’re looking for ten performers. Entry is open to anyone, so long as you can be in Edinburgh on the evening of Sunday 29 January 2017. The location is the Outhouse on Broughton Street; start time is 7pm but we’ll ask slammers to be there no later than 645pm. Unfortunately, because we run on a shoestring budget, we cannot offer free entry for slammers, but you’re welcome to pay the concession fee of £3 and we will give all performers a free raffle ticket.

What’s a quiet slam?

A quiet slam is a poetry 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 – if you want to cut your teeth, now’s your chance! Finally, judges will score participants on the quality of their poem and the quality of their performance, not for the volume of the audience response. Some poems just don’t lend themselves to whooping, you know?

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 (as opposed to other slams where you might get knocked out immediately). 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. Our winner will have the chance to read one final poem! Interspersed among all this poetry we’ll have our usual lovely music, and our raffle, so you’ll get chance to win the infamous lemon cake.

I want to be a Quiet Slammer! How do I make my dream a reality?

To put your name in the hat, email us at shorepoetsedinburgh{at}gmail.com (turn the {at} into a proper @) and ask to be put on the list – include your full name and your phone number. (This is the only way to sign up. Please don’t leave a comment on this post or email us at any other address. This is also the address to use for asking any questions.) Deadline is noon on Sunday 15 January. If you miss the deadline, you can still ask to be put on the reserve list.

Later that day or very soon after, we’ll pull names out of the virtual hat and get in touch with people. If you don’t confirm within a few days, we’ll ask someone else. (If you’re going to be out of town or unavailable, let us know and we’ll cut you a bit of slack.) If your name is not pulled out of the hat, you will automatically be placed on the reserve list. We usually have a few dropouts before the slam, so being on the reserve list does provide a good chance of being rewarded.

Will there be prizes?

Yes, almost certainly National Book Tokens. Also, the winner of the slam will be eligible for the Scottish Slam Championships – because of timing, this might mean the 2018 championships, but we’ll definitely put your name in.

How do I prepare to be a slammer?

You’ll need to choose three poems that you can read/perform in the given time limits (2 minutes, 2.5 minutes, 3 minutes). If you go over time, you’ll have to stop, so it’s important to practice your work and make sure that you can stick to the limits. Any kind of introductory statement about your poem counts towards your allotted time. Rehearsing in front of friends, your cat, or your mirror is a good idea. You may also want to attend other slams to see how they work.

You should also bring a fourth poem, which you can read if you’re the winner of the slam.

Finally, if you’re interested in a much different type of slam, Graeme Hawley is putting together a research slam at the NLS. (He’s also doing a more traditional slam for Burns Night but I can’t find a blogpost about that – email him if you want more information.)

We hope to hear from you – remember, the email address for signing up is shorepoetsedinburgh{at}gmail.com, by noon on Sunday 15 January. If you don’t want to perform, stay tuned for full event information coming sometime in January!