Shore Poets JUNE: Ron Butlin, Nancy Somerville, Jane McKie, Rachel McCrum + Alison Reeves

SHORE POETS: June 2015
Sunday 28th June 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 final Shore Poets of the season – and help us say goodbye to our lovely venue, Henderson at St John’s, as well as to longtime Shore Poet Nancy Somerville! It will likely be a tearful event and we shall hand out as many tissues as required.



Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar (2008-2014). In 2009 he was made the first ever Honorary Writing fellow (together with Ian Rankin) at Edinburgh University. Much of his poetry, as well as many of his novels and short stories, have been broadcast and translated into over a dozen languages. His poetry collections include Ragtime in Unfamiliar Bars, Histories of Desire, and The Magicians of Edinburgh.


A double act!


Nancy Somerville is an Edinburgh-­based Glaswegian who is widely published in anthologies and magazines. In 2004, with Stewart Conn, she co­edited Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children. Her first poetry collection, Waiting for Zebras, was published by Red Squirrel Press (Scotland) in 2008. She has been a member of Shore Poets since 1997 and was convenor 2010-­2014.


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.



Rachel McCrum arrived in Edinburgh in 2010, via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She works as a poet and performer and, with fellow poet Jenny Lindsay, is one half of Rally & Broad, Scotland’s cabaret of music, words and lyrical delight. Her first pamphlet, The Glassblower Dances, was awarded the 2012 Callum MacDonald Award. In Spring 2014, she spent time performing and teaching workshops in South Africa as one of the Commonwealth Poets United, part of a project supported by the Scottish Poetry Library and the British Council/Connect ZA. Her second pamphlet, Do Not Alight Here, was recently published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.


Live music by Alison Reeves. Alison is a fiddler, playing traditional music mostly from Scotland and Ireland. Music has been a happy sideline to a career in theatre and community arts and she’s performed for over 20 years in ceilidh bands and solo in theatre productions and to small audiences. Recently, being a mum to two wee boys, she’s been playing quietly in her kitchen and has found it suits her. She’s venturing out to share these gentle tunes with old friends at Shore Poets.

And of course we’ll have the famous lemon cake raffle, if we can stand to call out the winning number through our tears.

Please come along to say hello to our performers, and goodbye to old friends!

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

Scottish Book Trust

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