That’s right, folks: we’re back for another in-person evening of poetry and music, this time featuring Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo, Patricia Ace, open mic slots, and music from our house band, Dekoy!

The When & the Where:

Thursday 24th February 2021

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

Admission: Entrance charge will be £7.50 (waged) and £5 (concession) which will include 1 raffle ticket.  The raffle ticket will also be your entrance receipt. (There will be a chance to buy another raffle ticket or two … for the famous lemon cake!)

We’ll be trying out our brand new card machine but it may not hurt to bring cash, in case you’d like to buy a book!

The Poets:


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Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo FRSL is Writer in Residence and Professor at the University of York, an Honorary Student of Christ Church, Oxford, and a Lay Dominican Enquirer (Edinburgh fraternity). A Trinidadian Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction, Capildeo’s interests include traditional masquerade, silence, plurilingualism, and the poetics of place. The most recent of their eight books and nine pamphlets are Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, 2021), which was the Poetry Book Society winter choice, and Gentle Housework of the Sacrifice (Guillemot, forthcoming). Capildeo continued research on silence and trees while a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2021). Projects have included ‘Lighthouse and Anchorage’, based on journal entries from Edinburgh winter lockdown walks and erasure poems after the medieval mystic Dame Julian of Norwich, for UNESCO ‘Imagining Cities’ hosted by the National Centre for Writing. They are a contributing editor at PN Review and a contributing adviser for Blackbox Manifold

Patricia Ace is the author of the collections First Blood, Fabulous Beast and In Defiance of Short Days. Her poems have been published in a great number of magazines and anthologies and have found success in many poetry competitions, including being long-listed in the National Poetry Competition on three occasions. She lives in rural central Scotland, where she works as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Her latest pamphlet of poems is The Lido at Night (2021), available from

The Open Mic:

We have four open mic spots each month. These are booked in advance. To request an open mic spot in the future please email us at

The Music:

Our musicians this month, back by popular demand, are our house band, Dekoy!

The Raffle:

Make sure you have some change in your pocket so you don’t miss out on buying a raffle ticket and the chance of winning one of our delicious lemon cakes! Arts funding is a precarious business and our Lemon Cake raffle goes a long way to keeping the Shore Poets’ financially viable. We are very grateful to all our supporters who have contributed to our funds over the years in this way. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

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