Shore Poets OCTOBER: we’re turning 25!

Hard to believe it, considering how youthful we look (*snaps selfie*), but Shore Poets turns 25 this month, and we’re ready to party! (Admittedly, we’re likely to be tucked up in bed by half-past ten with a mug of cocoa and the Man Booker winner.) We hope you can help us celebrate.

Sunday 30 October 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.

Don’t forget the clocks go back early that morning. (Your electronic geegaws will probably remember for you, but it can’t hurt to be reminded.)

We have three great poets and one fantastic band:


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Stewart Conn, Edinburgh’s first official poet laureate, 19/03/2005.At StAnza Festival, St Andrews.

Stewart Conn is Honorary President of Shore Poets and one of Scotland’s most distinguished poets. His work, with its distinctly rhythmical and lyrical qualities and passionate interest in music and art, has been widely published and translated.

He was born in Glasgow and now lives in Edinburgh, where until 1992 he was Head of Radio Drama at BBC Scotland. From 2002 to 2005 he was Edinburgh’s first Makar, or poet laureate. The Breakfast Room (Bloodaxe, 2010) won the SMIT Poetry Book of the Year in 2011. His The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) was published in 2014 to much acclaim. His latest poetry publication is Against the Light (Mariscat, 2016): poems of love and Edinburgh. And he has recently recorded a selection of his work for the Poetry Archive. Learn more about Stewart at his website.



John Purser was born in Glasgow and now lives on Skye. He is a man of many parts: composer, musicologist, broadcaster, playwright and poet. His ground-breaking radio series and book, Scotland’s Music, is the essential authority on the subject, the 1992 edition of the latter winning the McVitie’s Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. He has published several volumes of poetry and his collection There Is No Night: New and Selected Poems (Kennedy and Boyd) was published in 2014. Of his many radio plays, Carver won a Giles Cooper Award and was published by Methuen. He has also recently released three CDs of his musical works. Learn more about John at his website.



Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh and now lives in Dumfries. He has been a commanding presence on the Scottish poetry scene for many years. Dear Alice won the SMIT Poetry Book of the Year in 2009, the same year In the Becoming: New and Selected Poems was published by Polygon. Concerning the Atlas of Scotland and Other Poems (National Library of Scotland) came out in 2014 and his latest poetry publication is the pamphlet At the Well of Love (Mariscat, 2016), which includes poems written when he was a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow in France in 2015. He was the first Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He has also written a number of radio plays, young adult novels, picture books and a travel book about Peru. Learn more about Tom at his website.


The Whole Shebang is an Edinburgh-based collective, formed in 2011, who play good-time music, from show tunes and standards through blues, country and western to contemporary pop.

The full line-up is: Kerry Houston (vocals), Fiona Shivas (vocals), Gail Turpin (vocals), Frank Glynn (fiddle and viola), Doug Govan (guitar and ukelele), Al Gray (bass), Bill Haddow (mandolin), and Hamish Whyte (percussion). They don’t have a website, but do go visit and follow their Facebook page.

We sure do hope to see you!

Useful information:

1) we have a new mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is likely only going to be for event notifications.

2) we have a new email address; the old one will not forward anything to the new one, though there should be an auto-reply. That new address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is: shorepoetsedinburgh @

3) Date for your diary: the November event will be Sunday 27 November, part of Book Week Scotland. After that we’ll be back with the Quiet Slam in January (more news and signup information about that next month).

Have a good October!

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Tracey S. Rosenberg

I write. I do other things, of course, but here is where I discuss writing (mostly).