Shore Poets JUNE: Miriam Gamble, Ioannis Kalkounos, Christine de Luca + Simmerdim + Liz Berry and MOMA!

It’s the final Shore Poets event of the season! Please come help us celebrate.

Sunday 25th June 2017
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.


(Photo and poet information gratefully borrowed from the website of the excellent Scottish Poetry Library. Photo credit: Paul Maddern)

Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels in 1980 and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University Belfast, where she completed a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry; she now lectures at the University of Edinburgh. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2010. Her pamphlet, This Man’s Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007. Her two collections, The Squirrels Are Dead and Pirate Music were published by Bloodaxe Books, in 2010 and 2014. Squirrels won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011.


Ioannis Kalkounos grew up in Greece and moved to Edinburgh in 2011, where he obtained a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. His first collection of poems, dakryma, was published in 2011 (Athens, Dromon Publications). He is Programme Manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Christine De Luca, who writes in both English and Shetlandic, is a native Shetlander who has lived in Edinburgh since student days. She enjoys her dual identity and is Edinburgh’s Makar (poet laureate).

Her latest collection is Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat 2014). She is active in translation and has taken part in literary festivals in many countries. Her poetry has often won awards in her native Shetland and a French bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles (éditions fédérop, 2007), won the Prix du Livre insulaire 2007 pour Poésie. Her poems have been selected three times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year.


Simmerdim were formed in 2015 as an a cappella trio. They sing songs from all around the world and from all genres. They are Frances Cockburn, Alison Cook and Ann Landmann. Simmerdim have performed at at sessions around Edinburgh, at The Edinburgh Folk Club, Art in the Park, Nitten Folk Club, and the Linlithgow Folk Society, and ‘The World’s Room at Ryries Bar’. They share some members of The Wild Myrtles who last played for the Shore Poets in 2011.


Liz was chosen as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet for 2017, and will be reading her response to one of Mark’s poems. See the MOMA page for more information.

Liz Berry

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, an Arvon-Jerwood Mentorship in 2011 and won the Poetry London competition in 2012. Her pamphlet ‘The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls’ was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. Liz’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014.


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.

See you on 25th June!

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Have a great summer!

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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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