Before we get on to the March event, a word about Sunday 30 April, which is our Open Night (with Jane McKie in the Shore Poets spot). If you’re interested in throwing your name in the hat to do a 5-minute reading, please email shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com by the end of the day on Friday 7 April. [Please don’t use any other email address or leave a comment on a social media platform.] We’ll draw names from that hat and also create a reserve list in case of dropouts.
But first we have the March event! We have four, count ’em, FOUR (4) poets and one (1) fantastic musical group.
Sunday 26 March 2017
7pm (doors open at 630pm or a bit later, depending on prior events in the space)
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: ALAN SPENCE
Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He is Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, where he founded the WORD Festival. With his wife, he runs the Sri Chinmoy meditation centre in Edinburgh. His most recent books are the novel Night Boat, the poetry collection Morning Glory (with Elizabeth Blackadder), and the playscript No Nothing.
Shore Poets: HAMISH WHYTE and FRANK GLYNN
The Shore Poet spot this month will be filled by twice the usual number of Shore Poets.
Hamish Whyte runs Mariscat Press, is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang. Two collections of poems, A Bird in the Hand and The Unswung Axe, have been published by Shoestring Press. In 2007 he was a joint Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow with Diana Hendry. A pamphlet, Hannah, Are You Listening?, was published by HappenStance in 2013.
Frank Glynn has been writing poetry and prose for many years, with several novels in his drawer. He plays violin and viola in several ensembles around Edinburgh, in The Whole Shebang, in Holm, and in the St Andrew Orchestra. He is the music facilitator for Shore Poets.
New poet: KATE HENDRY
Kate Hendry’s first collection of poems, The Lost Original, was published by HappenStance Press last year. The Glasgow Review of Books described it as a collection of ‘deeply affecting poems that take the familiar and the everyday, and turn them into something new, something profound, and often something unsettling.’ She spent many years teaching in prisons, followed by stints at Edinburgh Napier and the National Library of Scotland. She now teaches English in a secondary school and runs the monthly Nothing But the Poem reading groups at the Scottish Poetry Library.
Music by IT & THEM
It & Them have been playing together since 2012, originally through Edinburgh College Traditional Ensemble. They play a variety of well-known folk music from Scotland and Ireland with a few obscure tunes thrown in the mix. The trio consists of Fiddle (Leona McNab), Clarsach (Sam Macadam), and Guitar (Nathaniel Haas). For more music from them, check out facebook.com/itandthem or soundcloud.com/it-them.
We hope to see you on 26th March!
1) we have a 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 and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.
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 @ gmail.com
3) Dates for your diary: the final Shore Poets events of the 2016-17 season will be 30 April, 28 May, and 25 June 2017.