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

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

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


Feaver, Vicki by Shirley Goodwin

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



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


Anatomy #8

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


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

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

We hope to see you there!

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

Scottish Book Trust

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Tracey S. Rosenberg

I write. I do other things, of course, but here is where I discuss writing (mostly).

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