Shore Poets APRIL: Open Night, Claire Askew + Arlen

It’s the return of our open night!

Sunday 24th April 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

OPEN NIGHT

This is when we open the stage to local (and not-so-local) poets. Our list is currently full, but you can check with us on the night if you want to read, in case someone has dropped out. (Bring a poem or poems which you can read in no more than five minutes.)

SHORE POET: CLAIRE ASKEW

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That’s a photo from Claire’s launch. Note that it’s so crowded, people are sitting on the stairs. That’s the sign of a good event!

Claire Askew launched her debut poetry collection, This changes things, at Blackwells on 5th February. The collection is published by Bloodaxe, and was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2014. Poems from the collection have been recognised by the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, and the Charles Causley Poetry Prize, among others.

MUSICIANS: ARLEN

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Arlen’s repertoire includes both original music and arrangements of songs by artists from George Gershwin to the Zombies. In 2014 and 2015 they played in the Edinburgh Fringe and North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea to great feedback, and are looking forward to festival appearances in 2016 throughout Scotland. We’ll hear two-thirds of Arlen – Sadie Maskery (voice) and Graham Cumberland (guitar).

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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 not have a wildcard spot this month.

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 24th April 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! 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.

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group and keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

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Shore Poets MARCH: Jackie Kay, Ciara MacLaverty, Christine de Luca, Jane McKie + Gladstone’s Bag

Sorry for the delayed post! We’re happy to announce our March lineup. (Oh, and by the way, we are well aware that something is screwy with the font sizing on this blog. It involves something called “CSS”. This does not stand for Cryptogamic Society of Scotland, sadly. We’ll fix it as soon as we are in the same room with our Technical Advisor.)

Sunday 27th March 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Please do get there early to make sure you get a seat. Our last two events have been packed and we cannot put more people in the room than the fire regulations allow.

Also, yes, that is Easter Sunday. (We thought about changing the date but it turned into a world o’ confusion so we didn’t.) Also, don’t forget the clocks go forward, though your smart devices are likely to remember that on your behalf. Those of you with non-smart devices may have the joy of explaining to a nearby teenager what it means to “wind a watch”.

After the Quiet Slam in January and the bumper event of February, we’re pleased to be returning to our usual format, but we haven’t let up on the poetry goodness. Oh no, we have NOT. Tonight’s event is being brought to you by the letter M because (if you want to be alliterative about it, and who doesn’t) we have MacLaverty, McKie, a Makar, and an MBE, plus musicians. STOP PRESS! We will have TWO Makars, as Jackie Kay has just been announced as the new Scots Makar.

MAIN POET: JACKIE KAY
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Photo credit: Mary McCartney

As we so often do, we turn to the excellent Scottish Poetry Library website and find that:

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She has published five collections of poetry for adults (The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award) and several for children. She was awarded an MBE in 2006.

But none of that describes how entertaining she is as a performer, so you simply must come along and see for yourself. Also, she has an MBE. That’s just nifty. And she’s the new Scots Makar!!! *webmaster expires in excitement*

NEW POET: CIARA MACLAVERTY

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Yes, that’s Ciara’s…mug shot. *ba-dum-tish*

Ciara MacLaverty is a Clydebuilt mentee, working with Liz Lochhead (the previous Scots Makar, just to keep that theme going). Her first pamphlet, Seats for landing was well received in 2005, with ‘Peeled’ chosen as a Scottish Poem of the Year 2006. Ciara was among the 12 poets who wrote commemorative poems for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in 2015, and her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland, and Gutter. She blogs about motherhood and writing at ciaramaclaverty.blogspot.co.uk/.

SHORE POETS: CHRISTINE DE LUCA AND JANE MCKIE

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Christine De Luca, who writes in both English and Shetlandic, is a native Shetlander who has lived in Edinburgh since student days. She enjoys her dual identity and is the current Edinburgh Makar. Her latest collection is Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat 2014).

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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 most recent publication is Kitsune.

MUSICIANS: GLADSTONE’S BAG

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Well, half of Gladstone’s Bag – Lawrence Dunn and Judith Butters. Gladstone’s Bag was formed in 1993 to play popular light classical music from the Victorian era. They also play “music from the wireless” and provide live music for classic silent films. (Please take a moment to explain to the nearest teenager what a “wireless” is.)

THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE AND THE WILDCARD SPOT

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 for the donors thereof.)

The wildcard spot is back! If you’re interested, please tell the person at the door when you pay for your entry, and they will put your name in the hat. The wildcard poet will be drawn at the very start of the event and will be able to perform one poem, up to three minutes, so be sure to have your poem ready the moment we kick off.

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 27th March 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there! Please be there in plenty of time to get a seat. Unfortunately, fire regulations might mean we will have to turn people away if the room becomes overcrowded.

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group and keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

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Shore Poets UPCOMING

The webmaster is still recovering from her post-StAnza poetry hangover, sorry! Full March entry to go up within the next few days. If you’d like to mark your diaries, here are the dates for the final Shore Poets events of the season (all poets subject to change – well, poets do need to change or we stagnate – YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN – but this is what we’re pretty sure of schedule-wise):

Sunday 27 March [yes, Easter Sunday, and remember the clocks go forward!]. Main poet: Jackie Kay. New poet: Ciara MacLaverty. Shore Poets: Christine de Luca and Jane McKie.

Sunday 24 April. Our open night. Email us at publicity at shorepoets.org.uk to ask for a spot. Shore Poet: Claire Askew.

Sunday 29 May. Main poet tbc. Shore Poet: Ian McDonough. New poet: Michael Hough.

Sunday 26 June. Main poet: Tracey Herd. Shore Poets: Frank Glynn and Tracey S. Rosenberg. New poet: Ross Hanlon.

All events scheduled to start at 7pm at the Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh. Doors open 630pm. We’ve been packed for our first two events there, so please be sure to arrive in plenty of time if you’d like a seat!

Shore Poets FEBRUARY: Maoilios Caimbeul, Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi Gill + Poetics (the Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra) + Vicki Feaver and MOMA!

Whew! We’re breathless just from reading that header, because we have a bumper Shore Poets night coming up at the end of February. First, the basic details:

Sunday 28th February 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Our first event in this venue was the Quiet Slam in January (congratulations to champion Russell Jones!) and we all loved the venue and staff, and hope you will too. We’re in the upstairs bit (though you get your drinks downstairs). Starting at 7pm meant we were all away by quarter past nine, which is a bit nicer for those getting buses or trains – but we can make no promises about the end time of the February event, since there is so much event! (We fully expect to finish by ten at the very latest, and probably earlier.)

MAIN POET: MAOILIOS CAIMBEUL

(Photo and poet information borrowed/adapted from the website of the excellent Scottish Poetry Library.)

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Maoilios Caimbeul/Myles Campbell is a poet, novelist and teacher, working mainly in Scottish Gaelic and living on Skye. He was born in Staffin, served with the Merchant Navy and then studied Celtic and History at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1976. He has published seven novels for young people in Gaelic, a novel for adults, and eight collections of poetry, including a selected poems 1974 – 2006, Breac-a’-Mhuiltein (Coiscéim, 2007) in Scottish Gaelic with Gaeilge linear translations. Awards include Gaelic Books Council awards for early collections, prizes in poetry competitions in Scotland and Ireland, and the An Comunn Gàidhealach National Mod Bardic Crown in 2002. He has been Honorary Bard of Comunn Gàidhlig Inbhir Nis / Gaelic Society of Inverness since 2012.

SPECIAL GUEST POET: JANE YOLEN

For this poet’s appearance we must thank Eleanor Livingstone, director of the StAnza Poetry Festival! We asked Eleanor if she knew of any poets who might be turning up early for StAnza, and she suggested Jane, and one of the Shore Poets promptly melted into a puddle of fangirl and might not be reconstituted in time for the event. By the way, why not go to StAnza yourself? It’s 2-6 March, in St Andrews, and it’s always lovely.

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[Photo copyright Jason Stemple.]

From Jane’s website: “Jane Yolen sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. She has written over 300 books, won numerous awards, been given six honorary doctorates in literature, and got to spend a day in a studio with Kevin Kline while he did voice over for one of her animated stories. Guess which accomplishment she talks about most?”

NEW POET: MARJORIE LOTFI GILL

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Marjorie Lotfi Gill is the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland and the Writer in Residence for Spring Fling and the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival. Her poems have been published in anthologies and journals in the US and UK, including Ambit, CURA, Gutter, Magma, Mslexia, The North and Rattle, and have been performed on BBC Radio 4.

MUSICIANS: POETICS (EDINBURGH MANDOLIN AND GUITAR ORCHESTRA)

This month’s music is courtesy of the Poetics, a quintet that harmonises guitar, mandola, and mandolin. They are part of Edinburgh Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra. The Poetics cover light orchestral, Latin, folk and Scottish traditional; especially if it evokes poetic feeling.

MOMA POET: VICKI FEAVER

Vicki was chosen as the Mark Ogle Memorial Award poet for 2016, and will be reading her response to Mark’s poem “Deborah”. See the MOMA page for more information.

Vicki Feaver is Emeritus Professor at the University of Chichester and has published three collections of poetry: Close Relatives (Secker 1981), The Handless Maiden (Cape 1994) and The Book of Blood (Cape 2006). She has been the recipient of a Heineman Prize, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Award, and a Cholmondeley Award.

AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, and of course provides one lucky winner with an excellent lemon cake. We will not be having a wildcard spot, though, as we are bursting with poetry. (Hopefully next month!)

THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

Sunday 28th February 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

We hope to see you there!

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Shore Poets JANUARY: The Quiet Slam! + Mother Superior and the Wherewithals

Sunday 31st January 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

NEW TIME AND NEW LOCATION

We’re starting at 7pm, which we hope will make life easier for those who travel long distances to join us and those who wish not to go home very late in the night. We’re also in a new venue – Oh! Outhouse, on Broughton Street Lane.

IT’S OUR QUIET SLAM!

We had a slam last season and we liked it, so we’re doing it again. Ten performers will entertain you, but they will also be judged and there can only be one (winner).

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, and be scored by our judges. After a break there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This means each poet gets two chances to wow our judging panel! The top three highest scoring poets from rounds one and two will go into a final, where they’ll get chance to read for three whole minutes. Then we’ll find out our winner! Interspersed among all this poetry we’ll have our usual lovely music (see below for details). We’ll also have our raffle, so you’ll still get chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets! (We appreciate your support.)

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a slam 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’d 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?

MUSICIAN: Mother Superior and the Wherewithals

Just because we’re slamming doesn’t mean we won’t have great music. Mother Superior & The Wherewithal are fundamentally Chris Kant and Iain Clark (although larger formats are available). They have collaborated on arty music since the early 1980s and both currently live in Edinburgh where Chris is an IT consultant and Iain is a retired museum curator.

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Photo credit: Stuart Pennykid

We will not have a wildcard spot this month.

Did you leave a grey scarf at our October event? If so, please contact one of the Shore Poets at the event, or leave us a comment/send us an email/write us a poem and we will return it to you.

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

Sunday 31st January 2016
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

And mark your diaries for our jam-packed February event on Sunday 28 February – in addition to a regular lineup, it’s our MOMA award, and we have an extremely special guest poet!

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Sad news

All of us at Shore Poets were extremely sorry to learn about the death of Alexander (Sandy) Hutchison last month, peacefully, after a short illness. Sandy was Tessa Ransford’s son-in-law, so it is likely that Tessa’s memorial service on 7 December will also remember him. (The details are below.)

We were very honoured to have Sandy read for us in September. Our thoughts are with his family.

Tessa Ransford, founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, died last month at the age of 77. The following information about her memorial event comes from Shore Poet and Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca:

Date and time: Monday 7th December, 7pm–10pm (doors open 645pm).
Location: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13-17 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PA.

We hope it will be a wonderful celebration of Tessa the poet, editor, champion of Scottish poetry and poetry pamphlet publishing but, supremely, the moving force in the creation of the Scottish Poetry Library, and its first director.

There will be tributes, music and poems; contributions from a few of the many people who worked with Tessa and valued her friendship. Some go back a long way to the start of the SPL (Joy Hendry, Tom Hubbard, Aonghas Macneacail, Eric Wishart); others have supported her over the intervening years (Anne C Clarke, Ken Cockburn, Alan Gay, Tom Pow, Chrys Salt, Morelle Smith Alan Spence, Gerda Stevenson) or worked closely with her in translation and the appreciation of other cultures (Peter France, Iyad Hayatleh, Ghazi Hussein, Jila Peacock). Others are special poetry friends, including more recent ones (Kevin Cadwallender, Alec Finlay, Richie McCaffery, Stuart Paterson, Michael Pedersen, Stephen Watts, JL Williams). Sadly Robyn Marsack can’t be with us as she will be in NZ, but she is sending a very able substitute in Jennifer (JL) Williams to represent the SPL. It was Tessa’s wish that there be music as well as poetry and that her grand-children Max and Lucy Hutchison should entertain us along with her friend Toby Mottershead. Quite a line up!

So please invite other friends you think might enjoy this celebration in Tessa’s memory, using all the social media at your disposal. It would be really helpful in gauging numbers if you could do an RSVP email to fund@stcolumbashospice.org.uk

The event is free but since we want to raise as much money as we can for St Columba’s Hospice do please donate in Tessa’s memory at https://www.justgiving.com/Tessa-Memorial, gift-aiding your donation if you are a UK tax-payer.

We are grateful for the support of Lady Marks in defraying expenses.

Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Tawona Sithole, Hamish Whyte, Flora Sinclair + Tuesday Rose McDonough

Sunday 29th November 2015
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Clouds and Soil, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

NEW TIME AND NEW LOCATION

Our November event is earlier – starting at 7pm, which we hope will make life easier for those who travel long distances to join us and those who wish not to go home very late in the night. It’s also at a new location, the hospitable Clouds and Soil on Picardy Place. (NB this might change in January – keep an eye on our social media!)

Please join us at a NEW time and a NEW location for the final Shore Poets event of 2015 – which is also our Book Week Scotland event! We will be giving out Book Week Scotland stickers galore, oh yes we will.

MAIN POET: TAWONA SITHOLE

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Our ultra-special Book Week Scotland main poet is Tawona Sithole!

Tawona is a poet, playwright, mbira musician, educator and facilitator. His ancestral family name, Ganyamatope, is a reminder of his heritage, which inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. As co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group, Tawona’s work involves supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts. Currently poet in residence for GRAMNet, he also works in a variety of settings and institutions. As he continues to write, teach and perform, mostly he appreciates his work for the many inspiring people it allows him to meet.

SHORE POET: HAMISH WHYTE

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Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, and runs Mariscat Press. He’s an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang. His most recent collection of poems, Hannah, Are You Listening?, was published by HappenStance in 2013.

NEW POET: FLORA SINCLAIR

Flora is originally from the west of Scotland but has lived in Edinburgh for the past 17 years or so. She qualified in medicine but has spent her working life so far both in and out of being a doctor. She has worked and trained in various fields including Higher Education, alternative medicine and, in particular, mental health. She recently completed the MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University, specialising in poetry.

MUSICIAN: TUESDAY ROSE MCDONOUGH

A Shore Poets favourite, Tuesday Rose McDonough has been playing clarsach and singing since she was eight years old. Her repertoire extends from traditional Gaelic songs to Nirvana and Bob Dylan. She is a fluent gaelic speaker and won the medal for self-accompanied singing at the National Mod in Stornoway while still at primary school. She’s sung and played the clarsach live on radio and in a number of venues including The Queen’s Hall, The Usher Hall, The Royal Scots Club, and The Edinburgh Society of Musicians. She’s received awards from the EMI Foundation and The Verdi Trust.

We should have a wildcard spot, so if you want a chance at reading a poem (maximum length three minutes), ask at the door to put your name in the hat.

And, as always, we will have our famous lemon cake raffle, renowned throughout this land. The raffle provides us with much-needed funds and we appreciate your support.

Did you leave a grey scarf at our October event? If so, please contact one of the Shore Poets at the event, or leave us a comment/send us an email/write us a poem and we will return it to you.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for Book Week Scotland 2015! We hope to see you there at our NEW location and a NEW time:

Sunday 29th November 2015
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Clouds and Soil, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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Shore Poets OCTOBER: update, and events to the end of the year

So much information to pass on that it all deserved a separate blogpost.

Below, you’ll find information about the memorial event for Tessa Ransford. We also regret the recent passing of Elizabeth Burns; as she was awarded the Mark Ogle Memorial Award in 2009, we will be incorporating a memorial for her in the MOMA event in 2016.

We’ve updated the October event – the blogpost has been amended, but if you just want the highlights, here they are (also remember that the clocks go back this weekend!):

– Thanks to Scottish PEN, our October event will also include an appearance by Iranian poet Sepideh Jodeyri. You can read more about her translation of the French graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Colour, for which she has been heavily criticised in Iran, in the Guardian.

– Because we’ve added a fourth poet to the line-up, unfortunately there will not be a wildcard spot this month. We hope to have one in November.

– Our musician now has a biography: Sheena Jardine was born in Stirling and studied violin at the RSAMD. After leading the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in a tour which culminated at the Edinburgh Festival and London Proms, she went on to lead the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and RSAMD Chamber orchestra, and won several prizes for chamber music. On leaving college she freelanced with Scottish Opera, BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. In December 2013 Sheena gave a critically acclaimed performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the St Andrew Orchestra conducted by John Mortimer. Sheena also plays traditional music with the band Sporran Again.

Additionally, Shore Poets founder Brian Johnstone notes that the evening of our event (Sunday 25 October) comes during a point when the Forth Road Bridge is completely closed. Please be sure to adjust your travel plans accordingly.

NOVEMBER: Don’t forget to mark your diaries for our final event of the year (Book Week Scotland ahoy!) on Sunday 29 November, with main poet Tawona Sithole. Time and location are to be confirmed, so check back for further updates.

DECEMBER: Tessa Ransford, founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, died last month at the age of 77. The following information about her memorial event comes from Shore Poet and Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca:

Date and time: Monday 7th December, 7pm–10pm (doors open 645pm).
Location: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13-17 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PA.

We hope it will be a wonderful celebration of Tessa the poet, editor, champion of Scottish poetry and poetry pamphlet publishing but, supremely, the moving force in the creation of the Scottish Poetry Library, and its first director.

There will be tributes, music and poems; contributions from a few of the many people who worked with Tessa and valued her friendship. Some go back a long way to the start of the SPL (Joy Hendry, Tom Hubbard, Aonghas Macneacail, Eric Wishart); others have supported her over the intervening years (Anne C Clarke, Ken Cockburn, Alan Gay, Tom Pow, Chrys Salt, Morelle Smith Alan Spence, Gerda Stevenson) or worked closely with her in translation and the appreciation of other cultures (Peter France, Iyad Hayatleh, Ghazi Hussein, Jila Peacock). Others are special poetry friends, including more recent ones (Kevin Cadwallender, Alec Finlay, Richie McCaffery, Stuart Paterson, Michael Pedersen, Stephen Watts, JL Williams). Sadly Robyn Marsack can’t be with us as she will be in NZ, but she is sending a very able substitute in Jennifer (JL) Williams to represent the SPL. It was Tessa’s wish that there be music as well as poetry and that her grand-children Max and Lucy Hutchison should entertain us along with her friend Toby Mottershead. Quite a line up!

So please invite other friends you think might enjoy this celebration in Tessa’s memory, using all the social media at your disposal. It would be really helpful in gauging numbers if you could do an RSVP email to fund@stcolumbashospice.org.uk

The event is free but since we want to raise as much money as we can for St Columba’s Hospice do please donate in Tessa’s memory at https://www.justgiving.com/Tessa-Memorial, gift-aiding your donation if you are a UK tax-payer.

We are grateful for the support of Lady Marks in defraying expenses.

Many thanks!

Shore Poets OCTOBER: Liz Berry, Martin MacIntyre, Louise Peterkin + Sheena Jardine

SHORE POETS: October 2015
Sunday 25th October 2015, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

DON’T FORGET THE CLOCKS GO BACK THIS WEEKEND. Obviously all our fancy gadgets tell us this, but just in case you don’t check your fancy gadgets on Sunday, we thought we’d remind you.

NB this is our final event at Henderson’s at St. John’s. Please keep an eye on this blog or on our Facebook page or Twitter account for updates on our future location.

Please join us for the second Shore Poets of the season, and thanks for sticking with us.

MAIN POET: LIZ BERRY

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Liz Berry

We are thrilled to have Liz Berry as our October main poet, particularly as she was unable to perform at StAnza last March.

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, an Arvon-Jerwood Mentorship in 2011 and won the Poetry London competition in 2012. Her pamphlet The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC Radio and recorded for the Poetry Archive. Liz’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star.

GUEST POET: SEPIDEH JODEYRI

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Thanks to Scottish PEN, our October event will feature an appearance by Iranian poet Sepideh Jodeyri. You can read more about her translation of the French graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Colour, for which she has been heavily criticised in Iran, in the Guardian.

SHORE POET: MARTIN MACINTYRE | MARTAINNE MAC AN T-SAOIR

Martin MacIntyre

Martin MacIntyre

An acclaimed author, bàrd and storyteller, Martin has been working across these genres for a number of years now. His early poetry was published in Let Me Dance With Your Shadow in 2006, and in 2007, at The Lochaber National Mòd, Martin was crowned Bard by An Comunn Gàidhealach. In 2014, he was a panellist in the Commonwealth Writers Conversation “The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues” as part of the Aye Write festival.

NEW POET: LOUISE PETERKIN

Louise Peterkin

Louise Peterkin

Louise lives in Edinburgh and works at the University of Edinburgh Library. She has performed at many poetry events, including TenRed and Blind Poetics, and was the featured poet in the Foakies ten-year anniversary show on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has been published in the Vers Poets Anthology and New Writing Scotland 2015: The Rooftop Busker. She has led poetry workshops with Advanced Higher Students in West Linton. Much of her poetry is inspired by films.

MUSICIAN: SHEENA JARDINE

Sheena Jardine was born in Stirling and studied violin at the RSAMD. After leading the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in a tour which culminated at the Edinburgh Festival and London Proms, she went on to lead the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and RSAMD Chamber orchestra, and won several prizes for chamber music. On leaving college she freelanced with Scottish Opera, BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. In December 2013 Sheena gave a critically acclaimed performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the St Andrew Orchestra conducted by John Mortimer. Sheena also plays traditional music with the band Sporran Again.

Unfortunately, we will not have time for a wildcard spot this month. It should return in November.

Finally, Shore Poets founder Brian Johnstone notes that the evening of our event (Sunday 25 October) comes during a point when the Forth Road Bridge is completely closed. Please be sure to adjust your travel plans accordingly.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for Sunday 25th October 2015! We hope to see you there, in spite of bridge closures.

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

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Shore Poets SEPTEMBER: Alexander Hutchison, Angela McSeveney, Jenny Lindsay + Familia

SHORE POETS: September 2015
Sunday 27th September 2015, 7.45 pm to 10.00pm (doors open 7.15pm)
Henderson’s at St John’s, St John’s Church, corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

NB we thought we would be in a new venue this month, but as it happens, we’re not moving just yet! Please keep an eye on this blog or on our Facebook page or Twitter account for updates on our future location.

Please join us for the first Shore Poets of the season. We’re glad to have at least one more session at our lovely venue, Henderson at St John’s.

MAIN POET: ALEXANDER HUTCHISON

Alexander-Hutchison

Alexander Hutchison, a poet and translator in Scots and English, was born in 1943 in Buckie in the north-east of Scotland, and has worked mostly as a University teacher – including eighteen years in Canada and the USA. He currently lives in Glasgow. His first book, Deep-Tap Tree (University of Massachusetts Press, 1978), is still in print. Other collections include The Moon Calf (Galliard, 1990) and Carbon Atom (Link-Light, 2006). Melodic Cells, an interview with Hutchison conducted by Andrew Duncan appears in Don’t Start Me Talking: Interviews with Contemporary Poets. (Salt: Cambridge, 2006). Salt also published Scales Dog: New and Selected Poems in 2007 and Bones & Breath (2013). (Biography courtesy of the Scottish Poetry Library.)

SHORE POET: 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.

NEW POET: JENNY LINDSAY

Jenny-Lindsay(Robb-McRae)

Jenny Lindsay was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Maybole, South Ayrshire. Jenny has performed, promoted, and compered events all over the UK, including appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stanza, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Fest, Bristol Poetry Festival and Glastonbury.

Jenny has been described as having been instrumental in creating a thriving spoken word scene in Edinburgh and beyond. Now, as one half of Rally & Broad (“a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene” [The List] ) Jenny continues to dedicate as much time and energy to promoting the scene as she does to her own writing and performances.

MUSICIANS: FAMILIA

The Bradd family often perform as individual musicians, and are coming together under the name ‘Familia’ for their Shore Poets appearance.

Alan Bradd has been playing guitar since his teens. He plays in local band ‘Barnstorm’ where he performs guitar, banjo and vocals.

Rita Bradd was a Shore Poets Open Mic-er in 2013. She has had poetry published in anthologies, has collaborated with several poets, recently appearing on The Verb on BBC 3 as a guest of Ian McMillan, with a commissioned duet poem with Ira Lightman. She enjoys composing and jamming along with other musicians.

Wesley Bradd is a multi-instrumentalist singer/song-writer who has been teaching and performing music for years, with an impressive collection of original works. He has performed at festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe on the Sea, and The Three Harbours as well as private
functions.

Melissa Bradd graduated from Edinburgh University with B.Mus (Hons). Two years ago she qualified as a Sound Therapist using gongs or a variety of drums, mantras and grounding instruments. She operates from OMH Therapies in Edinburgh. Melissa uses piano, flute, ukulele and voice in composing for both orchestra and her own stage performances.

So there you have the Shore Poets lineup for 27 September 2015! We hope to see you there.

P.S. If you would like to receive regular news about our events straight into your inbox, e-mail us at newsletter (at) shorepoets.org.uk

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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

Scottish Book Trust

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