Shore Poets JUNE: Em Strang, Angela McSeveney, Lauren Pope, Calum Roger + Tuesday Rose McDonough

Our final readings of the season take place next week – and we’ve four poets to amuse, surprise and stir. Don’t forget we’ll be at out new venue – we now meet on the final WEDNESDAY of the month, at the Canons’ Gait cellar bar on the Canongate.  Times are the same (7.00-9.30) and our mix of excellent poetry and music is guaranteed.

Wednesday 26th June 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


Em is a poet and Open Book lead reader. She also facilitates workshops in Embodied Poetry, looking at the relationship between psychology, somatic experience and creative practice. Her writing preoccupations are with ‘nature’, spirituality and the relationship between the human and nonhuman. Em’s work has been published widely in anthologies and journals. Bird-Woman, her first full collection, was published by Shearsman in October 2016, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prize and won the 2017 Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award. Her second collection, Horse-Man, will be published in September 2019.


Angela McSeveney is Shore Poets’ treasurer. She lives in Edinburgh and works very part time as a Care Assistant. Most recently she had two pamphlets published by Mariscat Press: Slaughtering Beetroot and Still Bristling.


Lauren Pope’s poetry has appeared in various journals and online publications including GutterMagma, The North, The Rialto and Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets. Her poetry pamphlet, Announce This, was published by Templar Poetry, and shortlisted for the 2018 Callum Macdonald Memorial Awards. Her poetry was Highly Commended in last year’s Wigtown Poetry Competition and Soutar Writing Prize.

Calum Rodger is a Glasgow-based poet in print and performance. He is current Scottish National Slam Champion and recent finalist in the Poetry Grand Slam in Paris. His most recent pamphlet PORTS – classic twentieth century poems reimagined as video game instructions – is currently available from SPAM Press.

Tuesday Rose McDonough has been playing clarsach and singing since she was eight years old. Her repertoire extends from traditional Gaelic songs to Nirvana and Bob Dylan. She is a fluent gaelic speaker and won the medal for self-accompanied singing at the National Mod in Stornoway while still at primary school. She’s sung and played the clarsach live on radio and in a number of venues including The Queen`s Hall, The Usher Hall, The Royal Scots Club, and The Edinburgh Society of Musicians. She’s received awards from the EMI Foundation and The Verdi Trust.  In her spare time she’s a guide for Ghost Tours in the Royal Mile.


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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