Shore Poets JANUARY: The Quiet Slam! + Mother Superior and the Wherewithals

Sunday 31st January 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


We’re 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. We’re also in a new venue – Oh! Outhouse, on Broughton Street Lane.


We had a slam last season and we liked it, so we’re doing it again. Ten performers will entertain you, but they will also be judged and there can only be one (winner).

What’s the format?
Each of our ten poets will perform twice. We’ll have a first round, in which each poet will read for 2 minutes, and be scored by our judges. After a break there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This means each poet gets two chances to wow our judging panel! The top three highest scoring poets from rounds one and two will go into a final, where they’ll get chance to read for three whole minutes. Then we’ll find out our winner! Interspersed among all this poetry we’ll have our usual lovely music (see below for details). We’ll also have our raffle, so you’ll still get chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets! (We appreciate your support.)

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a slam where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. (Have you been to a not-quiet slam? It is usually very loud. We don’t mind loudness, but we’d like to offer something different.) Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly, reading from paper, or being nervous. We also like to encourage new slammers to take part. Finally, judges will score participants on the quality of their poem and the quality of their performance, not for the loudness of the audience response. Some poems just don’t lend themselves to whooping, you know?

MUSICIAN: Mother Superior and the Wherewithals

Just because we’re slamming doesn’t mean we won’t have great music. Mother Superior & The Wherewithal are fundamentally Chris Kant and Iain Clark (although larger formats are available). They have collaborated on arty music since the early 1980s and both currently live in Edinburgh where Chris is an IT consultant and Iain is a retired museum curator.

msatw wee red bar 2015
Photo credit: Stuart Pennykid

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.

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.

We hope to see you at our Quiet Slam! Those details again:

Sunday 31st January 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

And mark your diaries for our jam-packed February event on Sunday 28 February – in addition to a regular lineup, it’s our MOMA award, and we have an extremely special guest poet!

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You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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

Scottish Book Trust

(Photo credit)

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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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