Shore Poets OCTOBER: Liz Berry, Martin MacIntyre, Louise Peterkin + Sheena Jardine

SHORE POETS: October 2015
Sunday 25th October 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)

DON’T FORGET THE CLOCKS GO BACK THIS WEEKEND. Obviously all our fancy gadgets tell us this, but just in case you don’t check your fancy gadgets on Sunday, we thought we’d remind you.

NB this is our final event at Henderson’s at St. John’s. 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 second Shore Poets of the season, and thanks for sticking with us.


Liz Berry
Liz Berry

We are thrilled to have Liz Berry as our October main poet, particularly as she was unable to perform at StAnza last March.

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, an Arvon-Jerwood Mentorship in 2011 and won the Poetry London competition in 2012. Her pamphlet The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. Liz’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star.



Thanks to Scottish PEN, our October event will feature 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.


Martin MacIntyre
Martin MacIntyre

An acclaimed author, bàrd and storyteller, Martin has been working across these genres for a number of years now. His early poetry was published in Let Me Dance With Your Shadow in 2006, and in 2007, at The Lochaber National Mòd, Martin was crowned Bard by An Comunn Gàidhealach. In 2014, he was a panellist in the Commonwealth Writers Conversation “The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues” as part of the Aye Write festival.


Louise Peterkin
Louise Peterkin

Louise lives in Edinburgh and works at the University of Edinburgh Library. She has performed at many poetry events, including TenRed and Blind Poetics, and was the featured poet in the Foakies ten-year anniversary show on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has been published in the Vers Poets Anthology and New Writing Scotland 2015: The Rooftop Busker. She has led poetry workshops with Advanced Higher Students in West Linton. Much of her poetry is inspired by films.


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.

Unfortunately, we will not have time for a wildcard spot this month. It should return in November.

Finally, 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.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for Sunday 25th October 2015! We hope to see you there, in spite of bridge closures.

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

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