Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Anna Crowe, Christine De Luca, Tammy Adams, David Wilson + Mother Superior and the Wherewithal

Please join us for an entertaining evening of poetry and music at the last Shore Poets of 2019. We have a fantastic line-up of four established and new poetical talents. Plus musical interludes from the brilliantly named, and possibly philosophical, Mother Superior And The Wherewithal.

Wednesday 27th November 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


photo credit: Swithun Crowe

Anna Crowe, our headline poet, was born in Plymouth but has long lived in St Andrews, where she was a co-founder of the poetry festival StAnza and its Artistic Director for seven years. She has had four collections of her poems published, the latest of which is Not on the Side of the Gods, which is just out from Arc; and three pamphlets with Mariscat Press, one of which, Figure in a Landscape, won the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award. She is well-known as a translator, especially from Catalan and Castilian. You can hear her poetry on the Poetry Archive website.


Christine De Luca is one of the longest-serving Shore Poets. She is originally from Shetland but has lived in Edinburgh for many years. She writes both in English and in her mother tongue, Shetlandic. She’s had several collections of poems published and her work has been translated into many languages. A keen translator herself, she enjoys travelling to all sorts of places to speak, to read and to translate: festivals, conferences and translation sessions. She is just back from Portugal where she was taking part in a Pessoa colloquium. Christine was Edinburgh’s Makar or Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2017, when she instigated the online anthology Edinburgh Unsung. Her best-selling pamphlet from Mariscat Press, Dat Trickster Sun, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award in 2014. Her latest work is a series of poetic responses to the work of the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, published last year.



Tammy lives in Dunbar and has been writing for just over 5 years. She had a few successes with publication in The Interpreters’ House, online poetry magazines including Lighten Up Online and PenNing, on beermats, and in the in-house magazines for The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland and Downs Syndrome Scotland. She has also had poems in Hedgehog Press anthologies and has been selected in several poetry competitions including Ver, Marsden Poetry Village and The Plough. She gave a ‘new poet’ reading earlier this year at Shore Poets and also read at a ‘Haverings’ fringe event for the Dunbar Coastword festival. She is an active member of her local writing group, Dunbar Writers – which is part of Tyne & Esk Writers. The group has helped with prompts, focus and feedback – helping her build up to a first collection.


David Wilson lives in North Yorkshire. He was led to poetry by a chance encounter with a stunning poem (Midsummer, Tobago by Derek Walcott) on the wall of a hospital waiting room. Paul Muldoon awarded him the 2015 Poets and Players prize for his poem Everest. His debut pamphlet Slope was published in 2016. As well as poetry, he has written short stories and a novel praised by the Times as a ‘tour de force’. His first full collection, The Equilibrium Line, poetry inspired by climbing, was published in July by Smith/Doorstop. It has just been awarded the 2019 Mountain Fiction and Poetry Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Literature Festival. It is shortlisted for the other major prize for mountain literature, the Boardman-Tasker. David chose The Equilibrium Line as his title because the poems are preoccupied with what it means to find balance: on rock and ice, within ourselves, and within threatened mountain environments that are melting in front of our eyes.


Mother Superior and the Wherewithal are Iain Clark and Chris Kant. Chris may or may not be related to Immanuel Kant. Iain states that as far as he is aware, he is not related to any European philosophers of note! They have been collaborating on and off since the early 1980s. Their music doesn’t fit neatly into categories and nor would they want it to.


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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