Shore Poets May: Meg Bateman, Martin McIntyre and Iain Matheson

Still fuelled by all the excitement of our open night, we’re bringing you a brilliant evening of poetry and music for May!

SHORE POETS: MAY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th May 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Meg Bateman, photo by Robyn Grant
Our headline poet is Meg Bateman. Meg 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.

There will also be poetry from our New Poet Iain Matheson, and the Shore Poet this month is Martin McIntyre.

A reminder: although there was a brief hiatus for the open night, the Shore Poets wildcard slot has now returned. If you want to read one of your poems at our May event, then bring one along with you and put your name into the wildcard hat when you pay at the door. One name will be drawn and open the evening with a poem!

We’ll also have live music from the Guerrilla String Quartet, and of course, our famous lemon cake raffle.

We hope to see you there!

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th May 2013

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

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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(Photo by Robin Grant)

The Shore Poets Open Night 2013: some pictures

Click on each image to see a larger version!

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Lindy Barbour, bravely reading first

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Matthew McDonald

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Colin McGuire

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Rex Sweeney

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Rose Ritchie

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Rita Bradd

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Simon McLaren

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Ruth Aylett

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Andrew Sclater

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Louise Peterkin, who defied tech problems to give a great reading!

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Ian McDonough, host with the most!

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Angus Ogilvie

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and our headliner, Andrew Greig

Thanks to all our readers, and to everyone who came along, for making it such a successful Open Night!

We raised £100 in our Young MacDonald raffle, and you can still donate at Jim’s JustGiving page.

SP April: Andrew Greig and our Open Night

Andrew Greig
Photo credit: Graham Clark

SHORE POETS: APRIL
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 28th April 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

This month’s headline poet is Andrew Greig, who has written many, many books of poetry, fiction, life-writing and other non-fiction. We’re very excited to be hosting him and looking forward to hearing his poetry.
You can read all about Andrew in the biography section of his website, but his most recent work is At the Loch of the Green Corrie, “which combines meditations on Assynt, Norman MacCaig, personal memoir, Scotland, geology and history and male friendship, with the story of a three day fishing quest.”

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! (A poem in one’s pocket is always a good idea, we reckon!)

Perhaps most exciting of all, this month we’re turning our event into a fundraiser for the Young MacDonalds project. Set up by Jim Carruth, who read for us in October, and Scottish makar Liz Lochhead, the project aims to buy farmyards in Africa in order to give local farmers the means to support themselves and their families. As Jim says on his website, “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?”

The project has already raised over £3,500, but we’d love to them to be able to raise more and help as many struggling families as they can. You can donate directly at the Young MacDonalds JustGiving site, but you will also be able to donate, and contribute to our Young MacDonalds raffle, at our April event. We’ll be raffling off books, CDs, pamphlets and other goodies, as well as, of course, our famous lemon cake, and all proceeds will go directly to Young MacDonalds. So please, come along and bring as much generosity as your pockets can hold!

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 and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. 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 28th April 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.

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on the last Sunday of every month

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Spring forward: remember to come along to Shore Poets MARCH!

Hello everyone,

Just a quick reminder that Shore Poets MARCH is almost upon us! In case you haven’t seen our stellar line-up, we’ve got:

Brian McCabe as our featured poet
Jane McKie representing the Shore Poets
Camilla Chen as our new poet

Brilliant music from Linties
Our Shore Poets wildcard slot: it could be YOU reading your work for us!
And of course, the legendary lemon cake raffle

Just remember, the clocks go forward on Saturday night, so make sure you arrive on time!

See you there!

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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