Shore Poets NOVEMBER – Valerie Gillies, Christine De Luca, Tim Craven + Sandy Brechin

Sunday 26th November 2017, 7 pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

Please join us for an entertaining evening of poetry and music at the last Shore Poets of 2017. We have a fantastic line-up of three Edinburgh poets, two of the city’s previous makars, plus an up-and-coming talent. We’re also excited to welcome one of Scotland’s best known accordionists to provide sensational musical interludes.

NEW POET: TIM CRAVEN

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Tim Craven – originally from Stoke-on-Trent – is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University under the supervision of our own Shore Poet Jane McKie and Miriam Gamble. He has an MFA from Syracuse University (USA). He won the Grierson Poetry Prize this year and was the winner of the last but one Shore Poets Quiet Slam. He has been widely published in magazines and hopes to have a collection out soon.

 

SHORE POET: CHRISTINE DE LUCA

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Christine De Luca – born and brought up in Shetland but has lived in Edinburgh for many years (with frequent visits north). She writes in both English and her native Shetlandic. She has just retired as Edinburgh’s Makar (Poet Laureate) after an incredibly busy three and a half years – but shows no sign of slowing down – she seems as busy as ever, reading at festivals all over Europe and beyond. She has had six collections of poems published. A recent pamphlet, Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat Press) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and her latest collection, just out, is Edinburgh: Singing the City, published by the Saltire Society and bringing together poems written during her Makarship. Her first novel came out in 2011 and she has collaborated with both jazz and traditional musicians. She is a long-time member of Shore Poets and a real (and much-loved) driving force behind the group.

 

GUEST POET: VALERIE GILLIES

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Valerie Gillies is one of Scotland’s most distinguished poets. She was born in Canada but brought up in Scotland. She has had nine collections of poetry published, the most recent being The Cream of the Well: New and Selected Poems (Luath 2015) and has often worked with artists and musicians. Her early writing was encouraged by Norman MacCaig. Her concerns include Scottish identity and history, often interwoven with nature and environment: the interconnectedness of things. ‘She has worked to disseminate poetry in many forms – written, oral and visual – so that it is a presence in the everyday life of the Scottish people’ (Professor Laura Severin, North Carolina State University). She was Edinburgh’s second Makar, succeeding Stewart Conn, and serving 2005-8.

 

MUSICIAN: SANDY BRECHIN

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Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s most famous accordion players, as well as a respected teacher, composer, producer and record label owner.
He has been playing (the same accordion!) for forty years, having toured every continent in the world with various bands during that time. He has recorded on over a hundred albums, as well as releasing a book of his own compositions and two teaching DVDs. Twenty years ago, he set up his own label, Brechin All Records, which is now firmly established as a leading independent Scottish folk retailer.
In recent weeks, Sandy has been touring in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, where his lightning fast fingering and irreverent sense of humour ensure packed out venues.
This December, Sandy will be performing in Princes St Gardens for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, as he has done for most of the last twenty years, with his hugely popular ceilidh band for the massive outdoor ‘Ceilidh Under the Castle’ for 3,500 people.

 

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, 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.)

We will have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat (ideally we will ask you, but sometimes we forget to ask and then we feel sad once we remember our omission). Bring a poem to read in case you’re chosen! You’ll have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – it’s a good idea to time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

Useful information:

1) we have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is usually only for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’. You can unsubscribe anytime you want to, although we would be sad if you did.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. Emails sent to any other email address go to the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.

 

 

Shore Poets OCTOBER – Quiet Slam

Sunday 29th October 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

We had our last Quiet Slam in January, but thanks to some shifting around of the Shore Poets calendar, this year’s slam will be happening in October!

Ten poets will entertain you, but they will also be judged and there can only be one winner.

We are still looking for slammers, and the sign-up deadline has been extended to 8pm on Friday 20 October. Please email Tracey at writingmostly at gmail.com if you wish to throw your name in the hat. This is the only method of signing up (so please, no comments on this entry, carrier pigeons sent to Shore Poets Towers, etc.).

What’s the format?
Each of our ten poets will perform twice. We’ll have a first round, in which each poet will read for 2 minutes. After a break, there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This gives each poet two chances to wow our judging panel and entertain you, our audience! The three highest-scoring poets will go into a final, where they’ll read for three whole minutes. The winner of the slam will read one final poem.

We’ll also have our usual lovely music and our raffle, so you’ll still get the chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets. (Thank you for your support.) There might be a feature poet as well, though last year’s winner, Tim Craven, will not be performing – he should be coming up later in the year, though, so do look out for him.

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a competitive poetry event where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. (Have you been to a not-quiet slam? It is usually very loud. We don’t mind loudness, but we like to offer something different.) Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly, reading from paper, or being nervous. We also like to encourage new slammers to take part. Finally, judges will score participants on the quality of their poem and the quality of their performance, not for the loudness of the audience response. Some poems just don’t lend themselves to whooping, you know?

MUSICIANS: Cantabile

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John Mortimer with the vocal group Cantabile will present some of his new compositions, including works which use words written by members of Shore Poets (Diana Hendry, Hamish Whyte and Frank Glynn). The presentation will illustrate the contrasting challenges faced by composers setting metrical and free verse, and also the reverse, i.e. fitting words to an existing melody.

We hope to see you at our Quiet Slam! Those details again:

Sunday 29th October 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Shore Poets SEPTEMBER

We’re back! The first Shore Poets event of the 2017-18 season is approaching and we’d love you to join us! Please come along and help us launch this year’s line-up.

Sunday 24th September 2017

7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)
Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations mean we have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

MAIN POET: JAMES McGONIGAL

James McGonigal is a poet, editor and translator. He has published on modernist poetry and on Scottish and Irish literature, as well as four pamphlet collections. Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat Press, 2010) won the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Award. His most recent collection is The Camphill Wren (Red Squirrel Press, 2016). A friend and literary executor of Edwin Morgan, he wrote Beyond the Last Dragon: A Life of Edwin Morgan (Sandstone Press, 2012), and co-edited The Midnight Letterbox, a selection of his correspondence 1950–2010 (Carcanet Press, 2015). His website www.jamesmcgonigal.com gives samples of his work.

NEW POET: VICKI HUSBAND

Vicki Husband’s first collection of poetry, This Far Back Everything Shimmers, was published by Vagabond Voices in 2016 and shortlisted for the Saltire Society Best Scottish Poetry Book of 2016. Vicki’s poetry reading highlights include StAnza International Poetry Festival, Lahore Literary Festival and Airdrie Observatory.

SHORE POET: JANE MCKIE

Jane McKie’s first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Her other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), and Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011), which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

MUSICIANS: TRIBAISER

Tribaiser are Fraser Sharp, Kyle Kinnear and Jack Lodge, playing keyboards, drums and trombone; three students who have emerged from the increasingly successful music programme at Heriot Watt University, who have just completed a very successful Highland tour with the Heriot Watt Jazz band. ‎

They play early standards to contemporary jazz. ‎Fraser played a superb set at their last Shore poets outing, and we are looking forward to ‎welcoming him back with some new friends.

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, 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.)

We will have a wildcard spot this month. Please mention to the person selling tickets that you’d like to put your name in the hat (ideally we will ask you, but sometimes we forget to ask and then we feel sad once we remember our omission). Bring a poem to read in case you’re chosen! You’ll have three minutes (this includes any preamble or introduction – it’s a good idea to time yourself in advance to make sure you’re within the time limits).

LOOKING AHEAD:

Our Quiet Slam this year takes place on Sunday 29 October! A quiet slam is a competitive poetry event where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly or reading from paper. We also like to encourage new slammers to take part. Full details will be posted next month, and the throwing-your-name-in-the-hat deadline will be 15 October. If you already know that you want to throw your name in the hat (or you have any questions in the meantime), please email Tracey at writingmostly at gmail.com with the words ‘Quiet Slam’ somewhere in the subject line.

Meanwhile, see you on 24th September!

Useful information:

1) We have a mailing list, and if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance: just click right here and fill in the few bits of information. This is usually only for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’. You can unsubscribe anytime you want to, although we would be sad if you did.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. Emails sent to any other email address go to the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.