Shore Poets FEBRUARY: Maoilios Caimbeul, Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi Gill + Poetics (the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra) + Vicki Feaver and MOMA!

Whew! We’re breathless just from reading that header, because we have a bumper Shore Poets night coming up at the end of February. First, the basic details:

Sunday 28th February 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Our first event in this venue was the Quiet Slam in January (congratulations to champion Russell Jones!) and we all loved the venue and staff, and hope you will too. We’re in the upstairs bit (though you get your drinks downstairs). Starting at 7pm meant we were all away by quarter past nine, which is a bit nicer for those getting buses or trains – but we can make no promises about the end time of the February event, since there is so much event! (We fully expect to finish by ten at the very latest, and probably earlier.)


(Photo and poet information borrowed/adapted from the website of the excellent Scottish Poetry Library.)

Myles Campbell Maoilios Caimbeul sq

Maoilios Caimbeul/Myles Campbell is a poet, novelist and teacher, working mainly in Scottish Gaelic and living on Skye. He was born in Staffin, served with the Merchant Navy and then studied Celtic and History at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1976. He has published seven novels for young people in Gaelic, a novel for adults, and eight collections of poetry, including a selected poems 1974 – 2006, Breac-a’-Mhuiltein (Coiscéim, 2007) in Scottish Gaelic with Gaeilge linear translations. Awards include Gaelic Books Council awards for early collections, prizes in poetry competitions in Scotland and Ireland, and the An Comunn Gàidhealach National Mod Bardic Crown in 2002. He has been Honorary Bard of Comunn Gàidhlig Inbhir Nis / Gaelic Society of Inverness since 2012.


For this poet’s appearance we must thank Eleanor Livingstone, director of the StAnza Poetry Festival! We asked Eleanor if she knew of any poets who might be turning up early for StAnza, and she suggested Jane, and one of the Shore Poets promptly melted into a puddle of fangirl and might not be reconstituted in time for the event. By the way, why not go to StAnza yourself? It’s 2-6 March, in St Andrews, and it’s always lovely.

Jane Yolen

[Photo copyright Jason Stemple.]

From Jane’s website: “Jane Yolen sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. She has written over 300 books, won numerous awards, been given six honorary doctorates in literature, and got to spend a day in a studio with Kevin Kline while he did voice over for one of her animated stories. Guess which accomplishment she talks about most?”



Marjorie Lotfi Gill is the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland and the Writer in Residence for Spring Fling and the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival. Her poems have been published in anthologies and journals in the US and UK, including Ambit, CURA, Gutter, Magma, Mslexia, The North and Rattle, and have been performed on BBC Radio 4.


This month’s music is courtesy of the Poetics, a quintet that harmonises guitar, mandola, and mandolin. They are part of Edinburgh Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra. The Poetics cover light orchestral, Latin, folk and Scottish traditional; especially if it evokes poetic feeling.


Vicki was chosen as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet for 2016, and will be reading her response to Mark’s poem “Deborah”. See the MOMA page for more information.

Vicki Feaver is Emeritus Professor at the University of Chichester and has published three collections of poetry: Close Relatives (Secker 1981), The Handless Maiden (Cape 1994) and The Book of Blood (Cape 2006). She has been the recipient of a Heineman Prize, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Award, and a Cholmondeley Award.


The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, and of course provides one lucky winner with an excellent lemon cake. We will not be having a wildcard spot, though, as we are bursting with poetry. (Hopefully next month!)


Sunday 28th February 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

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

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