Shore Poets MAY – Niall O’Gallagher + Peter MacKay, Andrew Sclater, Angela McSeveney, Tracey S. Rosenberg + Skelf

Before we get on to the May event – in case you’re wondering where MOMA went to this year, we pushed it back to June because that was the best time for our MOMA-winning poet, the fantastic Liz Berry, to come to Edinburgh. So do keep an eye out for that event, which will be 25th June!

But please try to contain your excitement, because our May event comes first, which is also extremely worthy of excitement and perhaps some unrestrained whoops.

Sunday 28 May 2017
7pm (doors open at 630pm or a bit later, depending on prior events in the space)
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: NIALL O’GALLAGHER

Niall O'Gallagher

Niall O’Gallagher was born in 1981. After studying and then teaching at the University of Glasgow he went to work as a journalist. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust / Gaelic Books Council in 2009 to work on his first collection of poems, Beatha Ùr (Clàr, 2013), which was followed by Suain nan Trì Latha (Clàr, 2016). Critics have described his poems as ‘erotic’, ‘eloquent’ and ‘iconoclastic’. Writing in The Herald, Aonghas MacNeacail wrote ‘Gaelic poetry welcomes an exiting, new (this time essentially urban) voice’.

AND his translator, Peter MacKay. {Biography to follow.}

Shore Poets:

The Shore Poet spot this month will once again be filled by twice the usual number of Shore Poets.

ANGELA MCSEVENEY

Angela McSeveney

Angela McSeveney

Angela McSeveney became a Shore Poet in 2003 and Treasurer not long after. Her first collection of poems, Coming Out With It, was published in 1992, after she received advice and encouragement from fellow writers Liz Lochhead and Ron Butlin. She has since published three pamphlets, the most recent of which, Still Bristling, was published by Mariscat Press in 2012. She lives in Edinburgh.

TRACEY S. ROSENBERG

Dactyl Launch Aug 2014 - headshot (Granddaddy Flash)

Tracey S. Rosenberg is an American who came to Scotland and never left. She’s the author of the historical novel The Girl in the Bunker (Cargo Publishing, 2011) and two poetry pamphlets: Lipstick is Always a Plus (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2012) and The Naming of Cancer (Neon Books, 2014). In 2010 she was awarded a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. She’s Bookstalls Manager at the StAnza Poetry Festival and a tutor on the online MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University.

This will be Tracey’s last appearance as a Shore Poet (sob!).

New poet: ANDREW SCLATER

Andrew Sclater

Andrew Sclater has held New Writers Awards from the Scottish Book Trust (SBT) and New Writing North. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Picador Poetry Prize. His family originate in Orkney and Galloway, and he now lives between Edinburgh and the Rhinns of Galloway. He is the co-founder of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, an actor, and a drystane-dyker.  His work has appeared in Ambit, Best Scottish Poems, The Dark Horse, Magma, New Writing Scotland, The Istanbul Review, Poetry Review, The Scotsman, and Shearsman. He is a founder of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine. His pamphlet Dinner at the Blaws-Baxters was published by HappenStance in 2016.

Music by SKELF

Do you like the Whole Shebang? Skelf is a subset of them, but with new material. Should be a grand musical adventure!

We hope to see you on 28th May!

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 likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) Our email address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com. The old email address doesn’t go anywhere except the great rubbish bin in the virtual sky.

3) Dates for your diary: the final Shore Poets event of the 2016-17 season will be 25 June 2017.

Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Jane McKie + Kirsty Law

Once again, it’s our Open Night!

Sunday 30 April 2017
7pm (doors open at 630pm or a bit later, depending on prior events in the space)
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.

Yes, it’s our annual Open Night, where much of the event is handed over to up-and-coming poets. The signup period has closed, and we’ll be drawing names out of our collective poetry hats (they’re ever so stylish) and contacting everyone in due course. (If you have any questions or need to snatch your name back out of the hat, please contact us at shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com.)

Shore Poet: JANE MCKIE

Last month, Jane McKie won the Magma Poetry Prize (judged by Jane Draycott), so if we’re very lucky she’ll read her prize-winning poem for us! She also won the 2011 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. Jane’s first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011) which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice, and Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). She’s a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

Music by KIRSTY LAW

Borders-born Kirsty Law grew up learning traditional songs, mainly in the Scots dialect. She now combines this with her strong interests in songwriting and poetry which has lead to exciting collaboration and her own self penned work, inspired by the ideas and forms she finds within the tradition. She has now launched into a career of performing and writing, fast becoming noticed as a talent to watch.

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 books or CDs in the raffle, and are very grateful to the donors thereof.)

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.

We hope to see you on 30th April!

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 likely only going to be for event notifications and things like ‘looking for slam/open night participants’.

2) we have a new email address; the old one will not forward anything to the new one, though there should be an auto-reply. That new address (take out spaces on either side of the @) is: shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com

3) Dates for your diary: the final Shore Poets events of the 2016-17 season will be 28 May and 25 June 2017.