Shore Poets JUNE: Tracey Herd, Ross Donlon, Frank Glynn, Tracey S. Rosenberg + Esther Swift

Our final Shore Poets event of the season! Please come along for what we are unofficially calling The Night Of Two Traceys. (Also a Ross and a Frank, and a musical Esther.)

Before we get started, a brief announcement: we have a new mailing list! We will be retiring the old one, which is creaky and full of spams and bounces. If you’re on the old one, we won’t be moving you automatically to the new one, but signing up for that new one is a breeze: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information.

Sunday 26th June 2016
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: TRACEY HERD

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Photo borrowed from the Bloodaxe Books website

According to Bloodaxe Books: Tracey Herd was born in Scotland in 1968 and lives in Dundee. She studied at Dundee University, where she was Creative Writing Fellow in 1998-2001. In 1997 she took part in Bloodaxe’s New Blood tour of Britain, and in 1998 was the youngest poet in the British-Russian Poetry Festival organised by the British Council with Bloodaxe when she gave readings in Moscow and Ekaterinburg and her poems appeared on metro trains in Russian cities. She has published three collections with Bloodaxe: No Hiding Place (1996), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; Dead Redhead (2001), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Not in This World (2015), a Poetry Book Society Choice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

NEW POET: ROSS DONLON

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Ross is an Australian poet who comes to Europe regularly to read. His poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland. He has also had poems taken in the United States and New Zealand. His work has been broadcast on Radio National’s Poetica and community radio. He has a Scots ancestor who was transported for 14 years in the 1850’s (theft).

SHORE POET 1: FRANK GLYNN

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It is at this point the webmistress realises (with shame) that she has managed to forget to give Frank his own Shore Poet page. In contrition, she notes that Frank has been our wonderful musician wrangler this year, as well as being a musician in his own right – he plays with Holm and The Whole Shebang, and in the St Andrew Orchestra, Edinburgh. He writes both poetry and prose and may be reading at least one piece in Russian this evening.

SHORE POET 2: TRACEY S. ROSENBERG

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Tonight’s second Tracey is originally from the United States, and yes, she is fully aware that she does not sound Scottish. She has a husband and a cat; both are currently sitting on the sofa, and one of them is keeping an eye on that bug.

MUSICIAN: ESTHER SWIFT

Sadly, Kirsti Law has had to cancel due to illness; we hope to have her with us at a future date. Our musician will now be harpist Esther Swift.

Singer-songwriter and harpist Esther Swift is an up and coming musician in the Scottish folk music scene. Whilst being heavily influenced by her folk roots, Esther’s music also combines jazz, blues and minimalist references. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of folk and classical harp music she has become a prolific song writer. A deep love of Scotland, the Scottish Borders (where Esther grew up) and nature continually inspire and influence her music; the songs of her new EP ‘The Mairches’ which features cojon, string quartet and trumpet, are based on her life growing up in The Scottish Borders.

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 should have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat (because sometimes we forget to ask and then we feel sad once we remember our faults). Bring a poem to read! If you’re chosen, you have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – please time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 26th June 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! 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.

Our email address is changing! More soon.

You can also join us at our Facebook group and keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

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Shore Poets MAY: Liz Lochhead, Michael Thomas Hough, Ian McDonough + The Madrigal Club

May is here! Cold winds and daffodils.

Sunday 29th May 2016
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: LIZ LOCHHEAD

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Photo by Norman McBeath, borrowed from the SPL website

Scotland’s former Makar (national poet) needs no introduction. The Scottish Poetry Library, of course, has an excellent overview of Lochhead’s extensive and impressive career. If you’ve heard her read, you know you’re in for a treat; if you haven’t, here’s your chance!

SHORE POET: IAN MCDONOUGH

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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 third collection, “The Vanishing Hitchhiker”, was published by Mariscat in early 2007 and his latest collection from the same publisher, “A Witch Among The Gooseberries”, was was runner-up for the 2015 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.

NEW POET: MICHAEL THOMAS HOUGH

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Michael Thomas Hough’s poems are urban vernacular in form, drawn from closely observed situations reflecting his passion for place and people, the repetition of time and the business of being fallible, written with simple humour and gentle honesty. He tries to keep them short. He has published two pamphlets, “Rig and Furrow” and “Family Matters”; one CD of poems, “12 Cafe Poems”; and two video poems, “Just another tale” and Circle. More work can be found at his blog, http://mikethough.tumblr.com/.

MUSICIANS: THE MADRIGAL CLUB

The Madrigal Club is a new group of singers aiming to study and perform the unaccompanied vocal chamber music repertoire, conducted by John Mortimer, composer and conductor of the St Andrew Orchestra in Edinburgh. They will be singing a few madrigals; more than most vocal music, madrigals closely follow and respect the secular poems on which they are based.

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 should have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat. Bring a poem to read! If you’re chosen, you have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – please time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 29th May 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! 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.

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 and keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

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Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Claire Askew + Arlen

It’s the return of our open night!

Sunday 24th April 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

OPEN NIGHT

This is when we open the stage to local (and not-so-local) poets. Our list is currently full, but you can check with us on the night if you want to read, in case someone has dropped out. (Bring a poem or poems which you can read in no more than five minutes.)

SHORE POET: CLAIRE ASKEW

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That’s a photo from Claire’s launch. Note that it’s so crowded, people are sitting on the stairs. That’s the sign of a good event!

Claire Askew launched her debut poetry collection, This changes things, at Blackwells on 5th February. The collection is published by Bloodaxe, and was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2014. Poems from the collection have been recognised by the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, and the Charles Causley Poetry Prize, among others.

MUSICIANS: ARLEN

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Arlen’s repertoire includes both original music and arrangements of songs by artists from George Gershwin to the Zombies. In 2014 and 2015 they played in the Edinburgh Fringe and North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea to great feedback, and are looking forward to festival appearances in 2016 throughout Scotland. We’ll hear two-thirds of Arlen – Sadie Maskery (voice) and Graham Cumberland (guitar).

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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 not have a wildcard spot this month.

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 24th April 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! 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.

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 and keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

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Shore Poets MARCH: Jackie Kay, Ciara MacLaverty, Christine de Luca, Jane McKie + Gladstone’s Bag

Sorry for the delayed post! We’re happy to announce our March lineup. (Oh, and by the way, we are well aware that something is screwy with the font sizing on this blog. It involves something called “CSS”. This does not stand for Cryptogamic Society of Scotland, sadly. We’ll fix it as soon as we are in the same room with our Technical Advisor.)

Sunday 27th March 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Please do get there early to make sure you get a seat. Our last two events have been packed and we cannot put more people in the room than the fire regulations allow.

Also, yes, that is Easter Sunday. (We thought about changing the date but it turned into a world o’ confusion so we didn’t.) Also, don’t forget the clocks go forward, though your smart devices are likely to remember that on your behalf. Those of you with non-smart devices may have the joy of explaining to a nearby teenager what it means to “wind a watch”.

After the Quiet Slam in January and the bumper event of February, we’re pleased to be returning to our usual format, but we haven’t let up on the poetry goodness. Oh no, we have NOT. Tonight’s event is being brought to you by the letter M because (if you want to be alliterative about it, and who doesn’t) we have MacLaverty, McKie, a Makar, and an MBE, plus musicians. STOP PRESS! We will have TWO Makars, as Jackie Kay has just been announced as the new Scots Makar.

MAIN POET: JACKIE KAY
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Photo credit: Mary McCartney

As we so often do, we turn to the excellent Scottish Poetry Library website and find that:

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She has published five collections of poetry for adults (The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award) and several for children. She was awarded an MBE in 2006.

But none of that describes how entertaining she is as a performer, so you simply must come along and see for yourself. Also, she has an MBE. That’s just nifty. And she’s the new Scots Makar!!! *webmaster expires in excitement*

NEW POET: CIARA MACLAVERTY

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Yes, that’s Ciara’s…mug shot. *ba-dum-tish*

Ciara MacLaverty is a Clydebuilt mentee, working with Liz Lochhead (the previous Scots Makar, just to keep that theme going). Her first pamphlet, Seats for landing was well received in 2005, with ‘Peeled’ chosen as a Scottish Poem of the Year 2006. Ciara was among the 12 poets who wrote commemorative poems for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in 2015, and her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland, and Gutter. She blogs about motherhood and writing at ciaramaclaverty.blogspot.co.uk/.

SHORE POETS: CHRISTINE DE LUCA AND JANE MCKIE

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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 is the current Edinburgh Makar. Her latest collection is Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat 2014).

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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 most recent publication is Kitsune.

MUSICIANS: GLADSTONE’S BAG

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Well, half of Gladstone’s Bag – Lawrence Dunn and Judith Butters. Gladstone’s Bag was formed in 1993 to play popular light classical music from the Victorian era. They also play “music from the wireless” and provide live music for classic silent films. (Please take a moment to explain to the nearest teenager what a “wireless” is.)

THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE AND THE WILDCARD SPOT

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 for the donors thereof.)

The wildcard spot is back! If you’re interested, please tell the person at the door when you pay for your entry, and they will put your name in the hat. The wildcard poet will be drawn at the very start of the event and will be able to perform one poem, up to three minutes, so be sure to have your poem ready the moment we kick off.

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 27th March 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations might mean we will have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

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 and keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

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Shore Poets UPCOMING

The webmaster is still recovering from her post-StAnza poetry hangover, sorry! Full March entry to go up within the next few days. If you’d like to mark your diaries, here are the dates for the final Shore Poets events of the season (all poets subject to change – well, poets do need to change or we stagnate – YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN – but this is what we’re pretty sure of schedule-wise):

Sunday 27 March [yes, Easter Sunday, and remember the clocks go forward!]. Main poet: Jackie Kay. New poet: Ciara MacLaverty. Shore Poets: Christine de Luca and Jane McKie.

Sunday 24 April. Our open night. Email us at publicity at shorepoets.org.uk to ask for a spot. Shore Poet: Claire Askew.

Sunday 29 May. Main poet tbc. Shore Poet: Ian McDonough. New poet: Michael Hough.

Sunday 26 June. Main poet: Tracey Herd. Shore Poets: Frank Glynn and Tracey S. Rosenberg. New poet: Ross Hanlon.

All events scheduled to start at 7pm at the Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh. Doors open 630pm. We’ve been packed for our first two events there, so please be sure to arrive in plenty of time if you’d like a seat!

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.

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[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

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

Scottish Book Trust

(Photo credit)

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!