We’re delighted to be returning to in-person Shore Poets this month! Tom Pow, our new Honorary President, will be joined by Saskia McCracken, open mic poets, and – compere for the evening – Christine De Luca. Dekoy, our house band, will provide the music. We very much look forward to welcoming you back!

Thursday 28th October 2021

6pm – 7:30pm (doors open 5:45pm)
The Wash Bar (on The Mound) 11-13 N Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

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Photo by Sophie Kandaouroff

Tom Pow’s Dear Alice, Narratives of Madness, written while he was working for Glasgow University in Dumfries, won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Poetry Book of the Year in 2009, the same year In The Becoming – New and Selected Poems was published. Since then, he has published A Wild Adventure – Thomas Watling, Dumfries Convict Artist and Concerning the Atlas of Scotland and Other PoemsRecolectores de Nueces (The Walnut Gatherers), a bi-lingual selection of poems, translated by Jorge Fondebrider, was published in October 2015. Barefoot – the Collected Poems of Alastair Reid, which he edited, came out in 2018. His most recent collection is Naranjas (Galileo Publishing, 2021). Life and Still Life, two pamphlets responding to the pandemic, have just been published by Roncadora Press. He is an honorary fellow of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies and is recorded in the Poetry Archive. He was Creative Director of A Year of Conversation 2019.


Saskia McCracken (she/her) is a Glasgow based writer and editorial advisor at Osmosis Press. She is a member of 12 collective and the Victoria Writers’ Circle. Her publications include Imperative Utopia (-algia press 2021) and Zero Hours (Broken Sleep Books 2022). In 2021, she won the Floresta poetry prize, and was longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction prize. Her work appears in publications including MagmaDatableedAmberflora, and Zarf, and has been anthologised by Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Small Leaf Press, Essence Press, and Spam Press. 

Open Mic and the Lemon Cake Raffle

We have three open mic poets, who volunteer in advance, reading every month. If you would like to have an open mic spot in the future, please email us at shorepoetsedinburgh[at]

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds (we are not for profit, and any money goes towards performers), 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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