Happy new year! Welcome in the new decade with us at a just-past-Burns-night celebration of Scottish poetry and music at the Canon’s Gait.
Wednesday 29th January 2020
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
MAIN POET: J O Morgan
J O Morgan lives in Scotland and writes poetry in the epic tradition, each poem being a single book-length work. His most recent, Assurances, about the early years of the cold war, won the Costa Poetry Award. His forthcoming work, The Martian’s Regress, is underpinned by aspects of ecology and migration, as well as the long-term future of the human race.
SHORE POET: HAMISH WHYTE
Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, including Noise and Smoky Breath: an illustrated anthology of Glasgow poems 1900-1983, An Arran Anthology, and Kin: Scottish Poems about Family, and co-edited several issues of New Writing Scotland. Scottish Cats: an anthology of poems was published by Birlinn in 2013.
Hamish runs Mariscat Press, publishing the poetry of Edwin Morgan, Gael Turnbull, Janice Galloway, Stewart Conn, Douglas Dunn, Angela McSeveney, Anna Crowe, James McGonigal, Ian McDonough, Christine De Luca, Jim Carruth and A.L. Kennedy, among others.
He’s also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang. In 2007 he was a joint Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow with Diana Hendry. His third collection of poems with Shoestring Press, Things We Never Knew, was published in 2016. A pamphlet, Now the Robin, was published by HappenStance in 2018. Current projects include a memoir of Edwin Morgan, Morgan and Me (forthcoming from Happenstance later this year) and a new selection of Morgan’s poems for Polygon (out in August).
RETURNER POET: RUTH AYLETT
Ruth Aylett teaches and researches computing in Edinburgh. She is widely published, including a jointly authored pamphlet, Handfast with Mothers’ Milk in 2016. Her work has appeared in a range of magazines – for example, Prole, The North, Agenda, Envoi – and anthologies, most recently Scotia Extremis (Luath), Umbrellas of Edinburgh, and Silent Fire – Poetry about the Moon (Frogmore). She occasionally performs poetry with a robot and you can read more about her work at http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/writing.html.
NEW POET: LOUISE PETERKIN
Louise Peterkin is a poet living and working in Edinburgh. In 2016 she was a recipient of a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in the poetry category. She is the co-editor along with Rob A. Mackenzie of Spark: Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark (Blue Diode Press, 2018) Her first collection of poetry, The Night Jar, will be published by Salt early-mid 2020.
MUSICIANS: GRAHAM WALKER (Saxophone) & EWAN HASTIE (bass)
Graham Walker studied Jazz at the Guildhall of Music in London and subsequently played with numerous musicians on the London scene, including a week at Ronnie Scotts in the Guildhall Big Band plus Randy Brecker. Graham lived in Belgium and played with many established musicians including Joe Higham, Ron van Rossum, Eric Fusillier, Michael Blass, Garif Telzhanov. For his last appearance at Shore Poets, Graham presented a solo concert on tenor saxophone.
Tonight he will be joined by left-handed bassist, Ewan Hastie. Ewan hails from Kirkcaldy where he played with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra under Richard Michael. He attended the Junior Conservatoire in Glasgow for two years and is currently a full-time student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has played with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra where he has accompanied Yazz Ahmed, Gordon McNeil, Malcolm MacFarlane, Tom Gordon, Mario Caribe and Richard Ingham. Ewan also plays in the Inverkeithing Community Big Band, where he met Graham.
WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE
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 (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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