Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Tawona Sithole, Hamish Whyte, Flora Sinclair + Tuesday Rose McDonough

Sunday 29th November 2015
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Clouds and Soil, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


Our November event is earlier – starting at 7pm, which we hope will make life easier for those who travel long distances to join us and those who wish not to go home very late in the night. It’s also at a new location, the hospitable Clouds and Soil on Picardy Place. (NB this might change in January – keep an eye on our social media!)

Please join us at a NEW time and a NEW location for the final Shore Poets event of 2015 – which is also our Book Week Scotland event! We will be giving out Book Week Scotland stickers galore, oh yes we will.



Our ultra-special Book Week Scotland main poet is Tawona Sithole!

Tawona is a poet, playwright, mbira musician, educator and facilitator. His ancestral family name, Ganyamatope, is a reminder of his heritage, which inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. As co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group, Tawona’s work involves supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts. Currently poet in residence for GRAMNet, he also works in a variety of settings and institutions. As he continues to write, teach and perform, mostly he appreciates his work for the many inspiring people it allows him to meet.


Hamish Whyte
Hamish Whyte

Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, and runs Mariscat Press. He’s an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang. His most recent collection of poems, Hannah, Are You Listening?, was published by HappenStance in 2013.


Flora is originally from the west of Scotland but has lived in Edinburgh for the past 17 years or so. She qualified in medicine but has spent her working life so far both in and out of being a doctor. She has worked and trained in various fields including Higher Education, alternative medicine and, in particular, mental health. She recently completed the MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University, specialising in poetry.


A Shore Poets favourite, Tuesday Rose McDonough has been playing clarsach and singing since she was eight years old. Her repertoire extends from traditional Gaelic songs to Nirvana and Bob Dylan. She is a fluent gaelic speaker and won the medal for self-accompanied singing at the National Mod in Stornoway while still at primary school. She’s sung and played the clarsach live on radio and in a number of venues including The Queen’s Hall, The Usher Hall, The Royal Scots Club, and The Edinburgh Society of Musicians. She’s received awards from the EMI Foundation and The Verdi Trust.

We should have a wildcard spot, so if you want a chance at reading a poem (maximum length three minutes), ask at the door to put your name in the hat.

And, as always, we will have our famous lemon cake raffle, renowned throughout this land. The raffle provides us with much-needed funds and we appreciate your support.

Did you leave a grey scarf at our October event? If so, please contact one of the Shore Poets at the event, or leave us a comment/send us an email/write us a poem and we will return it to you.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for Book Week Scotland 2015! We hope to see you there at our NEW location and a NEW time:

Sunday 29th November 2015
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Clouds and Soil, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT

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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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