Shore Poets MAY: Liz Lochhead, Michael Thomas Hough, Ian McDonough + The Madrigal Club

May is here! Cold winds and daffodils.

Sunday 29th May 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
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.

MAIN POET: LIZ LOCHHEAD

lochhead, liz image by Norman McBeath
Photo by Norman McBeath, borrowed from the SPL website

Scotland’s former Makar (national poet) needs no introduction. The Scottish Poetry Library, of course, has an excellent overview of Lochhead’s extensive and impressive career. If you’ve heard her read, you know you’re in for a treat; if you haven’t, here’s your chance!

SHORE POET: IAN MCDONOUGH

Ian

Ian McDonough was born and brought up in Brora on the East Coast of Sutherland, and began to be interested in literature in school when he was made to clear out a book cupboard as a punishment for insubordination. His third collection, “The Vanishing Hitchhiker”, was published by Mariscat in early 2007 and his latest collection from the same publisher, “A Witch Among The Gooseberries”, was was runner-up for the 2015 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.

NEW POET: MICHAEL THOMAS HOUGH

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Michael Thomas Hough’s poems are urban vernacular in form, drawn from closely observed situations reflecting his passion for place and people, the repetition of time and the business of being fallible, written with simple humour and gentle honesty. He tries to keep them short. He has published two pamphlets, “Rig and Furrow” and “Family Matters”; one CD of poems, “12 Cafe Poems”; and two video poems, “Just another tale” and Circle. More work can be found at his blog, http://mikethough.tumblr.com/.

MUSICIANS: THE MADRIGAL CLUB

The Madrigal Club is a new group of singers aiming to study and perform the unaccompanied vocal chamber music repertoire, conducted by John Mortimer, composer and conductor of the St Andrew Orchestra in Edinburgh. They will be singing a few madrigals; more than most vocal music, madrigals closely follow and respect the secular poems on which they are based.

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

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 should have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat. Bring a poem to read! If you’re chosen, you have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – please time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 29th May 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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