Shore Poets MAY: Claire Askew, Kate Hendry, Dorothy Lawrenson + William & David Hershaw

We’re moving! From this month onward, Shore Poets will be on the final WEDNESDAY of the month, at the Canons’ Gait cellar bar on the Canongate.  It’s a great, central venue which we’ve used before and we’re delighted to be returning. The evening will begin and end at the usual times (7.00-9.30) and, of course, we’ll be bringing you the same mix of excellent poetry and music. We hope you can join us on the 29th at the Canon’s Gait.

Wednesday 29th May 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


Claire Askew is the author of poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016), which was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and the Saltire First Book Award, among others.  She is also a novelist, and her debut novel All The Hidden Truths won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work-in-progress.  The novel was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2018, and was a Times Crime Book of the Month.  Claire’s second novel, What You Pay For, is coming in August 2019.  Claire currently works as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.


Kate Hendry is a writer, teacher and editor. She has taught English and creative writing universities, prisons and schools. She is a trustee of StAnza, Scotland’s international poetry festival. Her poetry and fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. Her first poetry collection, The Lost Original was published by HappenStance Press in 2016. She has edited three anthologies for the Scottish Poetry Library: The Poem Goes to Prison(2010), Tools of the Trade: Poems for New Doctors (2016) and To Learn the Future: Poems for Teachers (2018).


Dorothy Lawrenson was born in Dundee and grew up in Fife. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University, and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. She has published in journals including Gutter, Edinburgh Review, Irish Pages and Lallans, and in the anthologies Whaleback City, Double Bill, Be the First to Like This and A Year of Scottish Poems. In a previous life she was a painter and graphic designer, and the editor of Perjink Press.


Father and son duo William and David Hershaw are two of the main creative forces behind The Bowhill Players, a group who celebrate their homeland Fife and its mining heritage through music. William is an acclaimed poet who has published multiple collections. His pamphlet Winter Song won the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award in 2003, and he won the McCash Prize for Scots Poetry in 2011. David is a popular songwriter, guitarist and producer known for playing with fiddler Sandie Forbes and with Edinburgh-based americana trio Paper Sparrows.


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. We may also have some excellent poetry books to raffle. If you’re lucky, you may get to choose – cake, or poetry?

We will have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat. 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).




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Kate Hendry

Kate Hendry is a writer, teacher and editor.

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