Shore Poets MAY: Jacob Polley, Pippa Goldschmidt and Hamish Whyte

SHORE POETS: MAY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th May 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Jacob Polley, headline poet at Shore Poets MAY!

Happy May to you all of you poetry readers, writers and performers!

We were really pleased that so many of you came along to our April Open Night last month, and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you once again to everyone who performed. We hope you’ll all head out and visit us again this month, as we have a spectacular line up for May:

Our headline poet is Jacob Polley. Jacob is originally from Carlisle, but now lives in St Andrews, where he lectures in creative writing at the University. His three collections of poetry are The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006) and The Havocs (2012), and in 2009 he also published a novel, The Talk of the Town – all published by Picador. Jacob’s poetry has been twice shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize; it won an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2012. All of his collections have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations.

Our Shore Poet this months is Hamish Whyte. For the past thirty years Hamish has run Mariscat Press, and he has edited several anthologies, including Mungo’s Tongues: Glasgow Poems 1630-1990, An Arran Anthology, and Kin: Scottish Poems about Family.
Hamish’s pamphlet Christmasses was published by Vennel Press in 1998. His long poem Window on the Garden was published as a book jointly by Essence Press and Botanics Press in 2006. Shoestring Press published A Bird in the Hand in 2008 and The Unswung Axe in 2012.

And our new poet for May is Pippa Goldschmidt. Pippa is best known for her novel The Falling Sky, published by Freight Books in 2012 and shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee Book Prize. However, she also writes poetry and short fiction, and has won various accolades for her writing in all genres – including a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2011/12.

YOU could read alongside these brilliant folk, in one of our TWO wildcard poet slots. Just bring a poem along, and put your name in the hat at the door!

We’ll also have live music from The Whole Shebang, and our famous-for-a-reason lemon cake raffle!

We very much hope you’ll join us!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th May 2014
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

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Shore Poets APRIL: it’s Open Night!

SHORE POETS: APRIL
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th April 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

It’s April! Happy springtime from Shore Poets!

Our headline poet this month is Alan Gillis. Alan is a poet and critic, and is editor of Edinburgh Review. His most recent poetry collection is Here Comes the Night (2010), and he is currently completing its follow-up. His first collection, Somebody, Somewhere (2004), was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and won The Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland. His second, Hawks and Doves (2007), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and The Queen’s University of Belfast, and was previously Lecturer in Irish Literature at The University of Ulster, and Research Fellow at The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at The Queen’s University of Belfast.

It’s April this month, so that, of course, means that it’s time for our popular Open Night. We have a host of wonderful poets lined up to read their work, and we’re really excited to hear what they bring to the mic. As always, we’ve had a lot of interest, so all the slots are full, but there is the small possibility that one of our poets won’t be able to make it… so, come along with a poem in your pocket!

Because it’s Open Night this month, there’ll be no Shore Poets Wildcard slot. That’ll be back in May. But as always, we’ll have beautiful music from Becky Leach, Mairi McFadyen and Fiona Robinson. We very much hope you’ll join us!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th April 2014
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.

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Some photos from our MOMA 2014 prize-giving

MOMA2014: winner Meg Bateman, and some alumni!

Here’s our very deserving 2014 winner of the Mark Ogle Memorial Award, Meg Bateman. From left to right: 2012 MOMA winner Tom Pow, Jane Read, 2014 MOMA winner Meg, Deborah Mather, Sandra Engstrom, 2013 MOMA winner Anna Crowe.

MOMA2014: winner Meg Bateman, and some alumni!

Congratulations to Meg! And thank you very much to everyone who attended our February event!

Shore Poets FEBRUARY: Conn, Hendry, Glaister & MOMA

Happy February, friends! Thankfully, winter is nearly over, and Spring is coming. To celebrate, we have a massive event for you this month, with lots of special happenings. Have a look!

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

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Our headline poets (no Shore Poet slot this month!) are Diana Hendry and Stewart Conn. Stewart Conn is one of Scotland’s leading poets. He was born in Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh since 1977, where until 1992 he was head of radio drama for BBC Scotland. He was Edinburgh’s first Makar, or Poet Laureate, 2002-2005. His collection The Breakfast Room (2010) won the SMIT Book Awards Poetry Book of the Year. His most recent publication is Estuary (Mariscat Press 2012) and The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming next month from Bloodaxe Books. He is Honorary President of Shore Poets.

Diana Hendry is an Honorary member of Shore Poets. She has published five collections of poems. Her latest, published last year, is The Seed-box Lantern: New & Selected Poems (Mariscat Press). She has also written over forty books for children, including Harvey Angell, which won a Whitbread Award, and recently The Seeing, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize.
She has been Writer in Residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh University. She lives in Edinburgh.

In a change to our original billing, our new poet will now be Lesley Glaister. Lesley is well-known for her fiction writing, but has only recently begun to compose poetry. The Shore Poets feel privileged to offer her a first-ever poetry reading slot in Edinburgh. We hope lots of you will come and help us to welcome her.
We hope that William Letford, originally billed as our new poet for the month, will join us sometime in the 2014/15 season.

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This month we will also be presenting the Mark Ogle Memorial Award to Meg Bateman. Meg Bateman was born in 1959 in Edinburgh, studied Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen, and holds a PhD in Classical Gaelic religious poetry. Her first collection, Òrain Ghaoil / Amhráin Grá was published, with facing Irish translations by Alex Osborne, in 1990. In English, the title is “Love Songs.” Poems from Òrain Ghaoil were republished in Aotromachd agus Dàin Eile in 1997. Meg’s third collection, Soirbheas, was published in 2007. She lives in Skye with her son and teaches at the Gaelic college, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

We’ll have live music this month from Holm. Holm is Frank Glynn (violin/viola) and Stewart Veitch (electric guitar). They are an eclectic duo who play arrangements of music by Ron Sexsmith, Charlie Haden, Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla, Elvis Costello and Hildegard of Bingen among others, as well as their own compositions. They have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HolmDuo

As usual, we’ll also have our two wildcard slots up for grabs, where YOU can read alongside this amazing line-up! Just bring a poem you’d like to perform, put your name in the hat when you arrive at the door, and wait to see if your name is picked!

All topped off by our delicious lemon cake raffle.

See you there!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Let us know you’re coming at our Facebook event!

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

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Happy new year! It’s time for Shore Poets JANUARY, with Kathleen Jamie

Happy New Year, poetry fans! Shore Poets has been enjoying a restful Christmas break, and we hope you have, too. But now we’re back, with a truly fabulous line-up to kick off your literary year. Check it out!

Shore Poets JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014

Kathleen Jamie, headline poet for Shore Poets January!

The headline poet for this brand new New Year session is Kathleen Jamie. Kathleen was born in Renfrewshire, grew up in Currie and attended the University of Edinburgh, reading for a degree in Philosophy. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1981 aged just 19, and her first collection, Black Spiders, was published the following year.
Since then, she has published many other collections, including the well known and well loved The Queen of Sheba in 1994. Her most recent collection, The Overhaul, published in 2012, won the Costa Prize and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She holds the Chair in Creative Writing at Stirling University. You can hear readings of her poems at poetryarchive.org, and read more about her work at spl.org.uk.

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Our Shore Poet this month is Jane McKie. Jane is the author of two poetry collections: Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon, 2007), and When the sun turns green (Polygon, 2009). The former won the Sundial Award for best first book of 2007, and in 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize. Her most recent publication is Garden of Bedsteads, also 2011 (Mariscat Press). She teaches on the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Creative Writing programme, and is also a creative facilitator for the Making It Home project, based at Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow.

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Michael Pedersen is our January New Poet. Michael is from Edinburgh and has published two poetry chapbooks: Part-Truths (Koo Press) and The Basic Algebra of Buttering Bread (Windfall Books). His first full collection, Play with Me, was published by Polygon in 2013 and blurbed by none other than Stephen Fry (yes, that Stephen Fry). Michael helps to run the monthly literary cabaret Neu! Reekie!, alongside Rebel Inc editor and veteran Scottish counter-culture poet Kevin Williamson. Michael is also a songwriter and has worked on various poetic and musical collaborations. Follow him on Twitter via @scribepedersen for more.

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There’ll be a chance for YOU to read your work as part of this stellar line up, too! Just bring a poem, put your name in the hat at the door when you arrive, and you may be picked for one of our TWO three-minute wildcard slots!

We’ll also have live music and of course, our lemon cake raffle!

Shore Poets JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
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

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Some photos from Shore Poets October

It was a dark, wild and windy night on 27th October, so we’re extra super grateful to all the lovely folks who braved the elements to come and hear poetry. Thank you!
In case you couldn’t make it, here are a few photos of our October readers.

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Our fabulous host, Nancy Somerville, kicking off the night.

New poet Graeme Hawley at Shore Poets October

New poet Graeme Hawley at Shore Poets October
The new poet was the great Graeme Hawley, a Scottish Slam Champion and organiser of Tricolour, a monthly poetry night at the National Library.

I was the Shore Poet at Shore Poets October!
The Shore Poet was Claire Askew, brand new Young Adult Project Co-Ordinator at the Scottish Book Trust, and blogger at One Night Stanzas.

Music from Tea for Two at Shore Poets October
Music was provided by Tea for Two, who’d love it if you ‘liked’ them on Facebook!

The headline poet at Shore Poets October was Gerry Loose

Headline poet Gerry Loose at Shore Poets October
And our headline poet was Gerry Loose — prolific poet and writer, Writer in Residence at Dawyck Botanical Garden, and garden-builder. Find out more at his website!

Our next event is on Sunday 24th November at the usual time (7.45pm, doors at 7.15pm) and in the usual place (Henderson’s at St John’s). Details will be posted here soon!

Shore Poets OCTOBER: Gerry Loose, Claire Askew, Graeme Hawley

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

Happy October!

The nights are drawing in, the clocks are going back (remember this, so you don’t arrive at Shore Poets an hour late!), it’s the season for winter woollies, pumpkin-flavoured everything… and of course, poetry. Head down to Henderson’s at St John’s to hear our fantastic October line-up…

Gerry Loose, headlining at Shore Poets THIS MONTH! (October!)
Our headline poet this month is GERRY LOOSE. Gerry was recently selected to be one of the four Poets in Residence in Scotland’s Botanic Gardens as part of the Walking With Poets project. He was poet in residence at the Dawyck garden in September 2013. Much of his work has to do with gardens, plants and nature: he is the author of many books of poetry, most recently ‘the deer path to my door,’ and ‘that person himself,’ both 2009. He also writes in other genres and has received numerous awards for his creative work. You can find out more about Gerry at his website, gerryloose.com

claire at wpm
Photo by Neil Thomas Douglas
The Shore Poet this month is CLAIRE ASKEW. Claire was recently appointed Young Adult Project Co-Ordinator at the Scottish Book Trust. Her poetry has won various accolades, most recently the 2012 inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry. Her pamphlet, ‘The Mermaid and the Sailors,’ was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2011, and she is currently putting together a first collection MS. Find out more at onenightstanzas.com

Our new poet is GRAEME HAWLEY. (Apparently, no photos of Graeme exist on the internet!) Graeme is a star of the Scottish performance poetry circuit and a former Scottish Poetry Slam Champion. His two collections, ‘Reclamation Marks,’ and ‘Everyday things,’ were both published by Colon Press. Graeme works at the National Library of Scotland, and organises and comperes Tricolour, a brilliant evening of poetry and spoken word which runs at the NLS every month. Find out more about Graeme at colonpress.com

Music this month is provided by TEA FOR TWO. Find them at facebook.com/tee4too

Remember, there are now TWO wildcard slots up for grabs, too — bring along a poem, put your name into the hat when you pay at the door, and you too could be reading your work to our lovely audience.

There’ll also be a raffle to win our [in]famous lemon cake, as well as cakes, tea, coffee, beers and other delights for purchase at Henderson’s counter of delights… and of course, a warm atmosphere!

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

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Let us know you’re coming — and invite your friends — using our Facebook event!

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

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Shore Poets: the new season! Chrys Salt, Angela McSeveney, Roddy Shippin

Hello again, fans and friends!

We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer… the nights may be drawing in again now, but fear not! Shore Poets is back, at our usual cozy and atmospheric venue, Henderson’s at St John’s. We’ve got an extremely exciting programme lined up for the 2013-14 season, and we intend to start as we mean to go on. Here are the details of our September event:

SHORE POETS: September
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 29th September 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

chrys
Our headline poet this month is Chrys Salt. Chrys is an incredibly prolific writer, with drama and nonfiction titles to her name as well as several poetry collections, including Grass (Indigo Dreams, 2012) and Home Front/Front Line (Roncadora, 2013). She is also an important figure in Scotland’s literary arts scene, working as Artistic Director of arts venue The Bakehouse, and Literature Convener for The Dumfries and Galloway Festival. You can find out more about Chrys, and read some of her poems, by visiting her website, chryssalt.com

angelamc September’s Shore Poet is Angela McSeveney. Angela’s 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 several other books of poetry, the most recent of which, Slaughtering Beetroot, was produced by Mariscat Press in 2008.

roddysh Our new poet this month is Roddy Shippin. Roddy is an exciting new voice in Scottish poetry: his work has been published by Poetry Scotland, Ink Sweat & Tears, a handful of stones and One Night Stanzas, among others, and he is one half of the creative team behind the popular monthly spoken word night Blind Poetics. You can read one of Roddy’s poems, Casebook, here.

Our live music for the evening will be provided by Various Moons.

We’ll also be playing host to our now-regular SP Wildcard Poet… that could be YOU! If you fancy entertaining us with a poem, just put your name in the hat when you pay at the door. One name will be drawn, and that person will get to open proceedings with a poem. Be sure to bring your best work with you!

And of course, a Shore Poets event wouldn’t be complete without our infamous lemon cake raffle.

We hope you’ll come and help us kick off our new season with a bang! Let us know you’re coming — and invite your friends — using our Facebook event!

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 30th June 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

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Shore Poets June: some photos

Thanks to everyone who came along to the last night of our 2012-13 season! We thoroughly enjoyed all the readings and felt like we went out with a bang this year! We’ll be back on 29th September 2013 with a brand new season programme, packed with exciting poets and musicians. In the meantime, you can stay in touch via Twitter, and you can also peruse these photos of the June event!

Tracey S Rosenberg reads at Shore Poets June 2013
Tracey S Rosenberg took the final Shore Poets Wildcard slot of the season! We loved her poem about Doctor Who companions.

Tom Fairnie plays at Shore Poets June 2013
A good friend of Shore Poets, Tom Fairnie played us songs about “woman, the creator and destroyer,” among other things!

Samuel Tongue at Shore Poets June 2013
Samuel Tongue was the first of the Clydebuilters to take the mic. Among his poems was a brilliant piece of ekphrasis.

Eveline Pye at Shore Poets June 2013
Eveline Pye, also representing Clydebuilters, began a poem with the great lines, “In the dream I know he’s dead / but I also know he’s going to be hungry.”

Nuala Watt at Shore Poets June 2013
Nuala Watt, the third Clyebuilter to come to the mic, impressed us with her feisty comebacks in response to Milton and others.

Irene Hossack at Shore Poets June 2013
The final Clydebuilter of the night was Irene Hossack, whose poem for the Red Road asylum seekers was really moving.

Nancy Somerville at Shore Poets June 2013

Nancy Somerville reading at Shore Poets June
Our Shore Poet was the always excellent Nancy Somerville, who delighted everyone by bringing out the old favourite “A Bucket of Frogs.” Many thanks to Alan Coady for the second of these two photos of Nancy.

Don Paterson at Shore Poets June 2013

Don Paterson at Shore Poets June 2013
Our headliner was the inimitable Don Paterson, who read some fantastic new work, including a found poem full of bizarre things people have written about him on the internet.

Enjoy your summer, and see you in September!