Join us in ushering in summer along with fabulous poets Ryan Van Winkle and Jane Goldman. Our house band, Dekoy, will provide the music, Shore Poet Jane McKie will be your host, and four open mic poets will provide a unique mix of new voices. All warmly welcome.

The When & the Where:

Thursday 26th May 2022

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

Admission: Entrance charge is £7.50 (waged) and £5 (concession), which includes 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 using our brand new card machine but it may not hurt to bring cash, in case you’d like to buy a book!

The Poets:


Ryan Van Winkle is an author, artist and producer based in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. 

He is currently Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh and the Schools Writer in Residence for the Citizen project at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and New Writing Scotland. He was awarded the Jessie Kesson fellowship at Moniack Mhor in 2018.


Jane Goldman is a poet and academic, who lives in Edinburgh and is Reader in English at the University of Glasgow. She is a member of the 12 collective of women poets (along with Tessa Berring, Anne Laure Coxam, Lynn Davidson, Georgi Gill, Marjorie Lotfi, Lila Matsumoto, Saskia McCracken, Rachel McCrum, Jane McKie, Theresa Muñoz, Em Strang, Alice Tarbuck, Karen Veitch and J.L. Williams); and recently worked on the Writers’ Shift at the Fruitmarket gallery, Edinburgh, with Iain Morrison, Janette Ayachi, Callie Gardner, and Tom Pow. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. SEKXPHRASTIKS (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2021) is her first full length poetry collection. She is also a General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf and publishes widely on Woolf, modernism and the avant-garde.

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 shorepoetsedinburgh @ (remove the spaces)

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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