Shore Poets APRIL: Peter Mackay, Miriam Gamble, Nick-e Melville + Fiona Forbes

Join us for a spring evening of poetry and music at the Outhouse Bar. We’re delighted to welcome Gaelic poet, Peter Mackay to Shore Poets. We’re also excited to announce that Miriam Gamble has joined our team – so this is her first reading as a Shore Poet.

This is our last meeting at The Outhouse Bar. They’ve been brilliant hosts, but we’re ready to try something different – a new day and venue. From May 29th, Shore Poets will be on the final WEDNESDAY of the month, at the Canons’ Gait cellar bar on the Canongate.  Same time (7.00-9.30) and mix of excellent poetry and music.

Sunday 28th April 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


Chaidh Gu Leòr, a chiad chruinneachadh le Pàdraig MacAoidh, fhoillseachadh le Acair ann an 2015; bha sin air gearr-liosta na Duaise Saltire airson Leabhar Bàrdachd na Bliadhna. Tha a chuid bàrdachd air nochdadh fad ’s farsaing ann an irisean ’s paipearan-naidheachd agus air an rèidio, agus chaidh a thionndadh gu Gearmailteach, Frangais, Gaeilge, Seicis, Slòbhacais agus Beurla. Tha e cuideachd na cho-dheasaiche air An Leabhar Liath (Luath 2015). Rugadh agus thogadh e ann an Leòdhas; tha e a-nis a’ fuireach ann an Dun Èideann agus ag obair na oraidiche aig Oithigh Chill Rìmhinn. Bu chòir gum bi dàrna chruinneachadh leis, Nàdur De, a’ nochdadh ann an 2019.

Peter Mackay’s first collection Gu Leòr was published by Acair in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of the year. His work has appeared widely in magazines, newspapers and on radio, and been translated into German, French, Irish, Czech, Slovak and English. He is also co-editor of An Leabhar Liath (Luath, 2015). He was born and raised on Lewis, and now lives in Edinburgh and works as a lecturer at the University of St Andrews. His second collection, Some Kind Of, should appear later in 2019.


Originally from Northern Ireland, Miriam Gamble lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), which won a Somerset Maugham Award, Pirate Music (2014), and What Planet(2019), all published by Bloodaxe. She has been a mentor on the Clydebuilt and Ledbury Emerging Critics programmes and a judge on the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award.


nick-e melville is a poet, teacher and occasional artist with a PhD in creative writing from the University of Glasgow.

he has had 13 small press publications, and has been anthologised in various publications, been exhibited and been an exhibitionist.

one future book will be ABBODIES COLD, hopefully Autumn this year, as well as the anthology Makar/Unmakar: 12 Poets in Scotland (Tapsalteerie) in a couple of months.


Fiona Forbes is a member of the long-standing vocal trio Sangsters, and is a recording artist on Greentrax. With an eclectic musical taste, Fiona has sung jazz and popular contemporary music but is best known for singing Burns and Traditional material.

Fiona was involved with the award-winning Far, Far from Ypres show, which won “Event of the Year” at the 2019 Trad awards and which was a hugely enjoyable project for all the show’s cast. Fiona was the only female singer in the “Pals” regiment CD which preceded the show.
Well known locally as a compere and volunteer in Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club which completes the list of Fiona’s wide-ranging involvement and interest in music.


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 April!

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Kate Hendry

Kate Hendry is a writer, teacher and editor.

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