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.


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.


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.



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.


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).

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

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Tracey S. Rosenberg

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3 thoughts on “Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Claire Askew + Tom and Jane Fairnie

  1. thanks Tracy Unfortunally I am not able to be at the SP this month I am sure everything will be great Best wishes Anna Mariqa G C Maguire

  2. Dear Claire…I had to leave early tonight but I wanted to tell you how much I loved your poetry and the one you wrote this morning…Domonic….made me shiver with emotion. For me, it was one of the best poems of the night. Thank you for sharing it. Annie Pia

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