Shore Poets SEPTEMBER: Alexander Hutchison, Angela McSeveney, Jenny Lindsay + Familia

SHORE POETS: September 2015
Sunday 27th September 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)

NB we thought we would be in a new venue this month, but as it happens, we’re not moving just yet! Please keep an eye on this blog or on our Facebook page or Twitter account for updates on our future location.

Please join us for the first Shore Poets of the season. We’re glad to have at least one more session at our lovely venue, Henderson at St John’s.



Alexander Hutchison, a poet and translator in Scots and English, was born in 1943 in Buckie in the north-east of Scotland, and has worked mostly as a University teacher – including eighteen years in Canada and the USA. He currently lives in Glasgow. His first book, Deep-Tap Tree (University of Massachusetts Press, 1978), is still in print. Other collections include The Moon Calf (Galliard, 1990) and Carbon Atom (Link-Light, 2006). Melodic Cells, an interview with Hutchison conducted by Andrew Duncan appears in Don’t Start Me Talking: Interviews with Contemporary Poets. (Salt: Cambridge, 2006). Salt also published Scales Dog: New and Selected Poems in 2007 and Bones & Breath (2013). (Biography courtesy of the Scottish Poetry Library.)


Angela McSeveney

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.



Jenny Lindsay was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Maybole, South Ayrshire. Jenny has performed, promoted, and compered events all over the UK, including appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stanza, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest, Bristol Poetry Festival and Glastonbury.

Jenny has been described as having been instrumental in creating a thriving spoken word scene in Edinburgh and beyond. Now, as one half of Rally & Broad (“a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene” [The List] ) Jenny continues to dedicate as much time and energy to promoting the scene as she does to her own writing and performances.


The Bradd family often perform as individual musicians, and are coming together under the name ‘Familia’ for their Shore Poets appearance.

Alan Bradd has been playing guitar since his teens. He plays in local band ‘Barnstorm’ where he performs guitar, banjo and vocals.

Rita Bradd was a Shore Poets Open Mic-er in 2013. She has had poetry published in anthologies, has collaborated with several poets, recently appearing on The Verb on BBC 3 as a guest of Ian McMillan, with a commissioned duet poem with Ira Lightman. She enjoys composing and jamming along with other musicians.

Wesley Bradd is a multi-instrumentalist singer/song-writer who has been teaching and performing music for years, with an impressive collection of original works. He has performed at festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe on the Sea, and The Three Harbours as well as private

Melissa Bradd graduated from Edinburgh University with B.Mus (Hons). Two years ago she qualified as a Sound Therapist using gongs or a variety of drums, mantras and grounding instruments. She operates from OMH Therapies in Edinburgh. Melissa uses piano, flute, ukulele and voice in composing for both orchestra and her own stage performances.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for 27 September 2015! We hope to see you there.

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

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Tracey S. Rosenberg

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

2 thoughts on “Shore Poets SEPTEMBER: Alexander Hutchison, Angela McSeveney, Jenny Lindsay + Familia

  1. Dear Tracey, thank you for your information. I am sorry to say KI” not be able, this month, to be at the shore poets as I will be preparing to travels to Lisbon. I’ll return to Edinburgh in the middle of October. Looks like that the programme is interesting. Best wishes Ana Maria G. Cardoso Maguire

    1. Sorry you’ll miss us in September, but we’ll be glad to see you later in the year. Please keep an eye on the blog as we’ll keep our venue information up to date!

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