Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Claire Askew + Arlen

It’s the return of our open night!

Sunday 24th April 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


This is when we open the stage to local (and not-so-local) poets. Our list is currently full, but you can check with us on the night if you want to read, in case someone has dropped out. (Bring a poem or poems which you can read in no more than five minutes.)


That’s a photo from Claire’s launch. Note that it’s so crowded, people are sitting on the stairs. That’s the sign of a good event!

Claire Askew launched her debut poetry collection, This changes things, at Blackwells on 5th February. The collection is published by Bloodaxe, and was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2014. Poems from the collection have been recognised by the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, and the Charles Causley Poetry Prize, among others.



Arlen’s repertoire includes both original music and arrangements of songs by artists from George Gershwin to the Zombies. In 2014 and 2015 they played in the Edinburgh Fringe and North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea to great feedback, and are looking forward to festival appearances in 2016 throughout Scotland. We’ll hear two-thirds of Arlen – Sadie Maskery (voice) and Graham Cumberland (guitar).

arlen logo white on black


The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, so we very much appreciate your support. And it is a most excellent lemon cake. (Occasionally, we also have poetry books in the raffle, and are very grateful to the donors thereof.)

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.


Sunday 24th April 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

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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).

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