Shore Poets OCTOBER: Patricia Ace, Ian McDonough, Katie Ailes, Rachel Rankin + thepuregallus

Against the backdrop of the backstop, Brexit and Boris, celebrate or commiserate the eve of our departure from the European Union with an eclectic union of diverse talents so good we’re sure you’ll choose to remain with us for the evening.

Wednesday 30th October 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


Patricia Ace is the author of the poetry collections First Blood and Fabulous Beast. Since 1993 her poems have been published widely in a great number of magazines and anthologies and have found success in many international poetry competitions, including being long-listed in the National Poetry Competition three times. This year she published In Defiance of Short Days, and a new collection, The Lido at Night, will be published by Red Squirrel Press in 2020. She has been teaching yoga for 18 years and is currently training to be a yoga therapist. She lives in rural Perthshire with her husband.


Ian McDonough was brought up on the East Coast of Sutherland in the North of Scotland. He has published four poetry collections, most recently A Witch Among The Gooseberries (Mariscat 2014). His work has appeared widely, including Poetry Review, Acumen, Times Educational Supplement, Physics Review, New Writing Scotland and The Scotsman. When not writing he works in Edinburgh as a mediator and conflict trainer.



Katie Ailes is a researcher, artist, and producer focusing on performance-based poetry. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Strathclyde on authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. She organises events, performs, and tours with Scottish company I Am Loud Productions (Loud Poets). Her poem “Outwith” was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best Scottish Poems of 2016.


Rachel Rankin is a poet from Coatbridge, currently based in Edinburgh. Her writing has appeared in Gutter, The Scotsman, The Scottish Review of Books and Multiverse: An International Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, among others. In 2019, Rachel was the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. She completed and MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, from which she graduated with Distinction in 2018, and in 2017 she received a Dewar Arts Award and was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. As well as being a poet, she also works as a Norwegian to English literary translator and has taught Norwegian language and literature at the University of Edinburgh.


Pop star for the surrealists, denizen of the absurd, thepuregallus brings seedy slices of oddness to life on his debut album Did Ye Aye? – from stolen babies on a sunbed to the Second Coming at Ayr beach, as well as that bloke who hangs around the edge of the pool but never swims. Once described as David Byrne, played by Harry Dean Stanton, directed by David Lynch, thepuregallus marries synth pop, Vegas lounge and reggae bass to weirdly charming and darkly humorous wordery.


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).

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.)

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Kate Hendry

Kate Hendry is a writer, teacher and editor.

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