Shore Poets JANUARY – Patrick Errington, Ian McDonough, Peter Manson + Holm

January is traditionally the month for poetry in Scotland and we’re sure you’ve been reading your Burns, celebrating his life and works by eating haggis, drinking whisky and toasting the lassies (not literally in front of the fire, we hope). So, why not finish the month with some contemporary Scottish poetry? Shore Poets meet for the first time this year on January 28th and we hope you can join us. In fact, you could say January is going from Bard to verse (sorry!).

Sunday 28th January 2018
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
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.


Manson, Peter by Tom Raworth
Photo gratefully borrowed from the Scottish Poetry Library website. Photo credit: Tom Raworth

Peter Manson (born Glasgow, 1969) is a poet and translator of poetry.  His books include English in Mallarmé (Blart Books), Poems of Frank Rupture (Sancho Panza Press),  Adjunct: an Undigest and For the Good of Liars (both from Barque Press), and Between Cup and Lip (Miami University Press, Ohio).  Miami UP also publish his book of translations, Stéphane Mallarmé: The Poems in Verse.



Photo credit: PJ Errington

Patrick James Errington’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New PoetsBoston ReviewThe Cincinnati Review, and Oxford Poetry, and have won or been commended for several international competitions, such as the Wigtown, The London Magazine, the McLellan, and The National Poetry Competitions. His French translation of PJ Harvey’s The Hollow of the Hand was published in 2017 by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme and a chapbook of his own poems will be available from ignitionpress in February. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Patrick currently lives in Edinburgh and is a PhD student at the University of St Andrews. You can find out more about his work on his website:



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Ian McDonough was brought up in Brora on the East Coast of Sutherland. He has published four collections of poetry, most recently A Witch Among the Gooseberries published by Mariscat in 2014. His work has appeared widely, including Poetry Review, Times Educational Supplement, Physics Review, New Writing Scotland and The Scotsman.  A member of Shore Poets, Ian lives in Edinburgh with his partner and daughter. When not writing he works as a mediator and trainer.




Holm are Stewart Veitch (guitar) and Shore Poet, Frank Glynn (violin/viola). Holm play music that is a wordless mix of their own compositions alongside music by Hildegaard of Bingen, Charlie Haden, Manuel de Falla, Tomasz Stanko, Henry Purcell and others. Their style is cinematic, with more than a nod to Scandi-noir.



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 (ideally we will ask you, but sometimes we forget to ask and then we feel sad once we remember our omission). Bring a poem to read in case you’re chosen! You’ll have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – it’s a good idea to time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

See you on 28th January!

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Kate Hendry

Kate Hendry is a writer, teacher and editor.

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