Spring is in the air! Come along to Shore Poets: MARCH

Shore Poets comes to you this month from our usual lovely venue, Henderson’s at St John’s, on Easter Sunday. See below for details of our fantastic March line-up!

SHORE POETS: MARCH
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 31st March 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Brian McCabe Brian McCabe is a Scottish writer, tutor and editor. He has held a number of fellowships both in Scotland and abroad, most recently a residence at the University of Edinburgh. He has published three collections of short stories, one novel ‘The Other McCoy’ (1991), and five volumes of poetry. His ‘Selected Stories’ was published in 2003.

From 2004 to 2011, Brian was the editor of The Edinburgh Review. As a creative writing tutor, he has worked at the universities of Lancaster, St. Andrews and Edinburgh. You can find out more about Brian’s writing, and see a full list of his publications, here.

Jane Mckie Our Shore Poet this month is Jane McKie. Jane has written two collections of poetry: Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), which won the Sundial/Scottish Arts Council award for best first book of 2007, and When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009). In 2011 McKie won the inaugural Edwin Morgan poetry prize. She runs a small press, Knucker Press, that encourages collaboration between artists and poets, and currently teaches on the MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

Camilla Chen Our new poet is Camilla Chen. Camilla is currently studying History of Art and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has performed her poetry in numerous places, and her success at the University of Edinburgh Literature Society Slams took her into the Scottish Poetry Slam Championship finals last year. She was also recently Highly Commended in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition.

To top things off, we’ll have traditional Scots songs from The Linties, our famous lemon cake raffle and of course, our Shore Poets Wildcard slot! Sign up on the door for a chance to read your poems on the night!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 31st March 2013
Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

Tell us you’re coming at our Facebook event!

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

Readings by mainly Scottish poets
on the last Sunday of every month

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Shore Poets: February

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Cheryl Follon. Photo by Gerry Cambridge

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th February 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

You’ve already read our recent news — now it’s time for our latest event. This month, our headline reader is Cheryl Follon.

Cheryl Follon was born in Ayrshire, where she grew up. She studied Law and then English and Scottish Literature at Glasgow University before taking an MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin, and now teaches at a college of further education in Glasgow. She has received two writer’s bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council, and has published two collections with Bloodaxe, All Your Talk (2004) and Dirty Looks (2010). Her essay on the Mojave desert was shortlisted for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing in 2012. (via)

Here’s an extract from Cheryl’s poem, Dinner. You can read the whole thing at the Scottish Poetry Library website.

As you shucked the last oysters
onto your side plate
and ordered a lemon ice

I found myself in the guise of a large beetle
down amongst the spilt salt grains
and your slim-line after-dinner cigarettes.

I was a swarm of fifty thousand bees
floating up towards the Venus de Milo
and the damp patches on the ceiling.

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Also on our bill for February are new poet Miriam Gamble, and Shore Poet Chrstine de Luca.

In addition, we’ll also be presenting the 2013 Mark Ogle Memorial Award to Anna Crowe, for her poem “Swallows”. The award is given in February to one of the new or headline poets from our previous season’s events. They are selected and commissioned by the Shore Poets to create a poem for the award. Previous winners include Tom Pow, Frances Leviston and Elizabeth Burns. We’re delighted to be welcoming Anna to the event this month!

Remember, we’ve also introduced a Shore Poets wildcard slot, an idea we’ve borrowed from poetry slams. Basically, if you think you’d fancy reading at Shore Poets, all you have to do is come along and stick you name in the hat when you pay at the door. One name will be drawn, and that person gets to read one poem / for three minutes (no running over!) at the start of the night. Go on… be brave!

There will also be music from Andy Miller.

As always: incredible poetry, live music, a friendly and cosy atmosphere and delicious cakes and other refreshments provided by Henderson’s!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th February 2013
Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

Tell us you’re coming at our Facebook event! You can also join us at our Facebook group.

Readings by mainly Scottish poets
on the last Sunday of every month

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Shore Poets news!

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Jim Carruth reading at our October 2012 event

Hello poetry fans and friends! Here’s a quick update, just to keep you up to speed with some of the things we’re up to at Shore Poets.

* A big thanks to everyone who came along to our January event, and especially to Helena, Nick and Ian for wonderful readings, and to Button Ben for their great music. We trialled a new feature at our January event, and it seemed to go down well! We’ve introduced a Shore Poets wildcard slot, an idea we’ve borrowed from poetry slams. Basically, if you think you’d fancy reading at Shore Poets, all you have to do is come along and stick you name in the hat when you pay at the door. One name will be drawn, and that person gets to read one poem / for three minutes (no running over!) at the start of the night. Go on… be brave!

* Our next event will take place on Sunday 24th February, from 7.15pm at the usual venue, Henderson’s at St John’s. A more detailed post is coming soon, but there has been a small change to our diary. Our headliner is still Cheryl Follon, but our new poet for February is now Miriam Gamble. Christine de Luca will be representing the Shore Poets.

* It seems like a long way off, but it’s approaching fast: we have an Open Night on Sunday 28th April, and we’re still looking for performers! If you’re interested in finding out more, please email publicity [at] shorepoets.org.uk for more details!

* Those of you who attended our October event last year will surely remember Jim Carruth‘s fantastic reading, at the end of which he told us a little about his project “Young MacDonalds.” The project aims to buy farmyards via Oxfam to help farmers around the world to feed themselves and their families. Says Jim, “It costs just £482 to provide enough to provide a farmer with livestock so that they can provide for their families. It’s not a lot now is it?”
We’d love it if you could take a minute to visit the Young MacDonalds fundraising page, and contribute a little to the cause, which has already raised nearly £3,000!

* And speaking of donations… the Shore Poets can generally afford to feed ourselves (the delicious cake at Henderson’s), but we do always greatly appreciate donations. As we are a non-profit-making group, any and all donations go directly towards paying our performers, publicising our events and generally making Shore Poets nights as good as they can possibly be. We now have a Shore Poets Paypal, which means you can make a small donation with just a few clicks. In fact, all you need to do is click right here, and follow the instructions at the top of the page!

* Just a reminder: we’re also on Twitter now, so if you tweet, please tweet us! We’d love to hear from you!

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th February 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Readings by mainly Scottish poets
on the last Sunday of every month

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Reminder: Shore Poets January (+ poster!)

Helena Nelson

Hello, poetry lovers!

Just a quick reminder that this coming Sunday is Shore Poets January: come along and hear the wonderful words of Helena Nelson, Nick Brooks and Ian McDonough. There’ll also be live music from Button Ben!

You can let us know you’re coming by visiting our Facebook event, or you can download the event poster at this link. Please do share all this information — the more the merrier!

SHORE POETS: JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th January 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Readings by mainly Scottish poets
on the last Sunday of every month

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Happy New Year! Come and celebrate 2013 at Shore Poets: January

Helena Nelson

SHORE POETS: JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th January 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Happy New Year to all our friends and followers!

We’re starting the new year with a bang this month at Shore Poets: January! Our headline reader is Helena Nelson.

As well as being a poet and critic, Helena also founded the wonderful Happenstance Press. Her two collections of poetry are Starlight on Water and Plot and Counter-plot. The former was joint winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize; the latter is her most recent collection, published by Shoestring Press in 2010. Helena has also self-published two short pamphlets of light verse.

At the Scottish Book Trust website, Helena says:

I love reading and writing poetry. I enjoy light verse very much, as well as the heavier variety, and I specially favour lyrical, musical poetry. I can’t write to order: I have to wait until inspiration strikes, but after that I beat the poem into shape remorselessly. As an editor, I love talking to other writers about their work; I love the fascination of seeing a poet develop, grow in confidence and finally soar. I think being a good reader of poetry is just as important as writing well: that’s why I continue to review widely. And finally I think poets, like most other people, need to cultivate a sense of humour to stay sane. The themes I explore include love, loss, anorexia, fun, poetic personae.

Also on our bill for January are new poet Nick Brooks, and Shore Poet Ian McDonough.

Ian McDonough and Nick Brooks

As always, there’ll be incredible poetry, live music, a friendly and cosy atmosphere and delicious cakes and other refreshments provided by Henderson’s!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th January 2013
Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

Tell us you’re coming at our Facebook event! You can also join us at our Facebook group.

Readings by mainly Scottish poets
on the last Sunday of every month

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Come along to Shore Poets: November!

Graham Fulton at Shore Poets November
Graham Fulton

It’s getting mighty cold outside these days, and it’s extremely tempting to stay wrapped up warm inside. But trust us, it’ll be worth venturing out on Sunday 25th November to see the fantastic trio of poets we’ve got lined up!

Our headline poet for November is Graham Fulton, the author of dozens of poetry pamphlets, collections and other publications. Ian McMillan praises his work highly, saying:

“Graham Fulton uses memory, observation, and invention to create a heady linguistic soup that uses poetry to make sense of the world; there’s compassion here, and anger, and a burning desire to illuminate places that don’t often get the poetic torch shone on them. Read and enjoy.”

You can find out more about Graham at his website.

Graham will be supported by our new poet, Peter MacKay, and the Shore Poet reading this month is Claire Askew.

There will also be live music from Skotebi.

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th November 2012

Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!

Admission £5 / Concessions £3

If you would like to receive regular news about our poetry events, send e-mail to: newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

Tell us you’re coming at our Facebook event! You can also join us at our Facebook group.

Claire Askew at Shore Poets November
Claire Askew

Readings by mainly Scottish poets
on the last Sunday of every month

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The Shore Poets are now on Twitter!

Shore Poets on Twitter!

I’m delighted to announce that the Shore Poets now have a Twitter presence! Our user name is @ShorePoets, and you can find our Twitter feed by clicking here.

As you can see from the graphic above, we don’t have many followers yet. If you’re a Twitter user and you’d like to get in touch with us, please do join the conversation! We’ll be happy to hear from you.