The Return of Shore Poets: Janette Ayachi & Patrick James Errington

Come join the Shore poets to welcome in the new format, new time, new members of the organising group (introducing Janette Ayachi & Patrick James Errington tra lah lah) and a new Honorary President (Tom Pow) for our first (and likely last before in the flesh live sets back in The Wash Bar begin again next month) virtual event since the Pandemic.

Come buy, come buy our Goblin Fruit! This juicy event is free to attend of course.

The main golden-platter readings will be served from Patrick and Janette but you’ll also hear briefly from other Shore Poets and from Tom as he pays tribute to Brian Johnstone, one of our founders, who sadly died recently though he still abides with us in essence.

We also have our beat combo in-house band ‘Dekoy‘ featured who will be playing us in and out with some music.

What is not love!! It is sure to be a magical start to your evening.

Please register for tickets via Eventbrite here.


Janette Ayachi (1982 -) is a Scottish-Algerian poet with a BA Combined Honours degree in English Literature & Film & Media from Stirling University, and an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. She is published in many literary journals & anthologies from presses such as Polygon; Seren, Jessica Kingsley, Salt, Luath Press and upcoming in Bloomsbury.

She is the author of two pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings & A Choir of Ghosts and a hardback children’s chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola illustrated by Fabio Perla. Her first full poetry collection Hand Over Mouth Music (Pavilion: University of Liverpool Press) won the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Literary Award 2019. She has been an Arts & Culture guest critic for BBC Radio Scotland & commissioned by BBC4 to write for a radio documentary. In 2019 she appeared on BBC television in the art series Loop, in 2020 on The Edinburgh Show and Damian Barr’s The Big Scottish Book Club. She is currently writing two books; another poetry collection, QuickFire, Slow Burning and Lonerlust a memoir about travelling alone searching landscapes, desire & human connection.


Poems by Patrick James Errington appear worldwide, in journals & anthologies like The Poetry ReviewBest New PoetsNew Writing ScotlandBost ReviewIowa ReviewCincinnati Review, & Oxford Poetry, as well as in two pamphlets, Glean (2018) & Field Studies (2019). His writing has won numerous awards, including the Poetry International Prize, the Wigtown Poetry Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, & the 2020 Callan Gordon Award from the Scottish Book Trust. Patrick is also a translator, with his French version of PJ Harvey’s The Hollow of the Hand appearing in 2017, & an English translation of philosopher Émil Cioran’s Notebooks forthcoming. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Patrick is currently a Teaching & Research Fellow in English & Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.


photo: Rob McDougall

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