Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Anna Crowe, Christine De Luca, Tammy Adams, David Wilson + Mother Superior and the Wherewithal

Please join us for an entertaining evening of poetry and music at the last Shore Poets of 2019. We have a fantastic line-up of four established and new poetical talents. Plus musical interludes from the brilliantly named, and possibly philosophical, Mother Superior And The Wherewithal.

Wednesday 27th November 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

MAIN POET: ANNA CROWE

photo credit: Swithun Crowe

Anna Crowe, our headline poet, was born in Plymouth but has long lived in St Andrews, where she was a co-founder of the poetry festival StAnza and its Artistic Director for seven years. She has had four collections of her poems published, the latest of which is Not on the Side of the Gods, which is just out from Arc; and three pamphlets with Mariscat Press, one of which, Figure in a Landscape, won the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award. She is well-known as a translator, especially from Catalan and Castilian. You can hear her poetry on the Poetry Archive website.

SHORE POET: CHRISTINE DE LUCA

Christine De Luca is one of the longest-serving Shore Poets. She is originally from Shetland but has lived in Edinburgh for many years. She writes both in English and in her mother tongue, Shetlandic. She’s had several collections of poems published and her work has been translated into many languages. A keen translator herself, she enjoys travelling to all sorts of places to speak, to read and to translate: festivals, conferences and translation sessions. She is just back from Portugal where she was taking part in a Pessoa colloquium. Christine was Edinburgh’s Makar or Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2017, when she instigated the online anthology Edinburgh Unsung. Her best-selling pamphlet from Mariscat Press, Dat Trickster Sun, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award in 2014. Her latest work is a series of poetic responses to the work of the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, published last year.

NEW POETS:

TAMMY ADAMS

Tammy lives in Dunbar and has been writing for just over 5 years. She had a few successes with publication in The Interpreters’ House, online poetry magazines including Lighten Up Online and PenNing, on beermats, and in the in-house magazines for The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland and Downs Syndrome Scotland. She has also had poems in Hedgehog Press anthologies and has been selected in several poetry competitions including Ver, Marsden Poetry Village and The Plough. She gave a ‘new poet’ reading earlier this year at Shore Poets and also read at a ‘Haverings’ fringe event for the Dunbar Coastword festival. She is an active member of her local writing group, Dunbar Writers – which is part of Tyne & Esk Writers. The group has helped with prompts, focus and feedback – helping her build up to a first collection.

DAVID WILSON

David Wilson lives in North Yorkshire. He was led to poetry by a chance encounter with a stunning poem (Midsummer, Tobago by Derek Walcott) on the wall of a hospital waiting room. Paul Muldoon awarded him the 2015 Poets and Players prize for his poem Everest. His debut pamphlet Slope was published in 2016. As well as poetry, he has written short stories and a novel praised by the Times as a ‘tour de force’. His first full collection, The Equilibrium Line, poetry inspired by climbing, was published in July by Smith/Doorstop. It has just been awarded the 2019 Mountain Fiction and Poetry Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Literature Festival. It is shortlisted for the other major prize for mountain literature, the Boardman-Tasker. David chose The Equilibrium Line as his title because the poems are preoccupied with what it means to find balance: on rock and ice, within ourselves, and within threatened mountain environments that are melting in front of our eyes.

MUSICIANS: MOTHER SUPERIOR AND THE WHEREWITHAL

Mother Superior and the Wherewithal are Iain Clark and Chris Kant. Chris may or may not be related to Immanuel Kant. Iain states that as far as he is aware, he is not related to any European philosophers of note! They have been collaborating on and off since the early 1980s. Their music doesn’t fit neatly into categories and nor would they want it to.

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

We should 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).

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.)

 

 

SHORE POETS MARCH: Helena Nelson, Martainn Mac an t-Saoir, Roseanne Watt + Andy Shanks

We’re back at The Outhouse at the end of March for a terrific line-up of poets; Helena Nelson, Martainn Mac an t-Saoir and Roseanne Watt, supported by fantastic singer-songwriter Andy Shanks.

Sunday 31st March 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

MAIN POET: Helena Nelson

Helena Nelson is a poet, critic, editor and publisher (HappenStance Press). Her first collection was Starlight on Water (Rialto 2003). This was followed by Plot and Counter-Plot (Shoestring, 2010), and a light verse collection Down With Poetry! (HappenStance, 2016). Another light verse pamphlet (Branded) is due out from Red Squirrel later this year.

SHORE POET: Martainn Mac an t-Saoir | Martin MacIntyre

Martin MacIntyre

Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir (Martin Macintyre) and his family live in Edinburgh. He has been a Shore Poet since 2010.  He works as a medical doctor and a writer and is involved in a number of Gaelic initiatives in the city. He was brought up in Lenzie near Glasgow, his father being originally from South Uist.

He is an author, bard and storyteller and has worked across these genres for many years.  His early poetry was published in Let Me Dance With Your Shadow in 2006, and in 2007 he was crowned ‘Bard’ by An Comunn Gàidhealach. He has been interested in Gaelic songs and singing for many years and has competed at various National Mods and reached the final on a number of occasions including 2017.

Besides his poetry and two novels he has written two collections of short stories: the first in 2003, Ath-Aithne (Re-acquaintance) – recently translated into French – won The Saltire Society First Book Award; while his latest collection, Cala Bendita ’s a Bheannachdan (Cala Bendita and its Blessings), was shortlisted for both The Donald Meek Award and The Saltire Literary Book of The Year in 2014.

NEW POET: Roseanne Watt

Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Shetland. She was the winner of the 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Her first collection, Moder Dy, will be published by Polygon in May 2019

MUSICIAN: Andy Shanks

Andy Shanks is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the North East of Scotland. He is best known for his work with Jim Russell on their critically acclaimed album ‘Diamonds in the Night’ and for his songs which have been recorded by many artists, most notably June Tabor.

His solo set is a journey though stories and characters he has met on the way, often moving from traditional to jazz and country depending on the tale. Lyrically, his songs conjure up close observations of the characters and landscapes of Fife and Aberdeenshire, often taking a swipe at contemporary Scots culture. Andy has toured extensively in Scotland and as far afield as North America, recording and performing with many fine musicians. He most recently worked with Christine Kydd on her new album ‘Shift and Change’.

He is also a passionate advocate for Scottish writing and culture, most recently appearing in the BBC documentary ‘The Promised Land’ championing MacDiarmid’s ‘A Drunk Man Looks at a Thistle’ and its place in Scotland’s cultural revolution.

A remarkable talent … beautiful, sinewy, meaningful songs, lovely stuff’ The Scotsman

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. We may also have some excellent poetry books to raffle. If you’re lucky, you may get to choose – what will it be? Cake, or poetry?

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. 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).

 

Shore Poets OCTOBER: TOM POW, CHRISTINE DE LUCA, TAMMY ADAMS + DAVID HEAVENOR

We’re back at the Outhouse bar this month, on Sunday 28th, for a vibrant and varied evening of poetry and music. We’re delighted to welcome Tom Pow as our headline poet. Alongside Christine de Luca and Tammy Adams, we’re in for an entertaining and lively evening. But don’t forget that the clocks go back this weekend!

Sunday 28 October 2018
7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

LOOKING AHEAD:

Our Open Night will be on November 25th, when much of the evening is handed over to up-and-coming poets.

The signup period is now open. Please throw your name in the hat for two, 3-minute readings by email only to shorepoetsedinburgh @ gmail.com by the end of the day on Saturday 10th November. We’re looking for ten poets and will select on a first-come-first-served basis.

MAIN POET: TOM POW

Tom Pow has written across a range of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, drama and works for children. But he is primarily a poet. His work explores the domestic, but it also travels to other places and other periods. Dear Alice, Narratives of Madness concerns the legacy of a nineteenth century lunatic asylum, while A Wild Adventure is a speculative poetic biography of Thomas Watling, a Dumfries forger transported to Botany Bay. In The Becoming, New and Selected Poems, was published in 2009 and Recolectores de Nueces, a bi-lingual selection of poems, translated by Jorge Fondebrider, was published in Mexico in 2016. He can be heard at The Poetry Archive. His most recent publication is Barefoot: the collected poems of Alastair Reid of which he was editor.

Credit: Sophie Kandaouroff

SHORE POET: CHRISTINE DE LUCA

Christine De Luca lives in Edinburgh.  She writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue.  She was appointed Edinburgh’s Makar for 2014-2017.  Besides several children’s stories and one novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian).  She’s participated in many festivals here and abroad.  Her poems have been selected four times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year (2006, 2010, 2013 and 2015) for the Scottish Poetry Library online anthologies and her pamphlet collection Dat Trickster Sun was short-listed for the Michael Marks pamphlet prize.  Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, co-edited with Carlo Pirozzi, is being launched at Blackwell’s on Thursday 31st – it includes new poems in English.

NEW POET: TAMMY ADAMS

Tammy lives in Dunbar and is a member of Tyne and Esk writers. She started writing poetry in 2014 and has seen poems published in The Interpreter’s House and on Lighten Up Online. She has also provided poems to no-poetry magazines The Scottish Planner and Full Potential, the magazine produced by Downs Syndrome Scotland. She was longlisted in this year’s Plough Poetry Prize and has previously been a top 10 finalist in a Poems on a Beermat competition. Some of her poems are inspired by her work as a town planner. Other spring from random thoughts or events. She loves writing poetry as a way to shoo words and worries out of her brain, and to bring a smile to people’s faces.

MUSICIAN: DAVID HEAVENOR

David Heavenor is a Scottish singer songwriter based in Edinburgh. He has produced six albums plus two EPs and can often be heard on BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson programme. ‘I’m Watching Rosanna’ was described as ‘an insightful song…. beautifully written and observed’ by Iain Anderson on BBC Radio. Ricky Ross, of Deacon Blue, named ‘Jenny & the Cold Caller’ as ‘one of the best songs ever written…’

WILDCARD SPOT AND THE LEMON CAKE RAFFLE

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).

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.)

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SHORE POETS SEPTEMBER: JOHN GLENDAY, JANE MCKIE, ALICE TARBUCK + DEKOY

Shore Poets is back for a new season and, for this month, at a new, central location. We’re also trying out Wednesdays! Let us know what you think about both time and place. This month’s meeting will take place in the café-bar at Eden Locke at the west end of George Street. It’s a lovely venue, with delicious patisserie, great coffee, a full bar and comfy seating. Oh, and on September 26th, some great poets! We’re delighted to begin our 208-19 season with a reading from the brilliant John Glenday and do hope you can join us at –

  • Eden Locke
  • 127 George Street, EH2 4JN
  • Wednesday 26th September 2018
  • 7pm – 9pm

MAIN POET: JOHN GLENDAY

John Glenday is the author of four poetry collections. The Apple Ghost (Peterloo Poets, 1989) won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 1995. His third collection, Grain (Picador, 2009) was also a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His fourth collection, The Golden Mean, (Picador, 2015) won the Roehampton Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of the Year.

SHORE POET: JANE MCKIE

 

Jane McKie’s collections of poetry are Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press, 2007), When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), and Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). In 2011 she won the Edwin Morgan poetry prize and published a pamphlet, Garden of Bedsteads, with Mariscat Press, a PBS Choice. Her most recent pamphlet is From the Wonder Book of Would You Believe It? (Mariscat Press, 2016). She has an academic background in Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy and Literature, and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh and an Advisor to the Edwin Morgan Trust.

NEW POET: ALICE TARBUCK

 

Alice Tarbuck is a writer and academic living in Edinburgh. Her first pamphlet, Grid, was published in spring by Sad Press. She has undertaken commissions for Timespan Festival in Helmsdale, and Scottish PEN. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and she is part of 12, a female poetry collective based in Edinburgh.

MUSICIANS: DEKOY

Dekoy is a local band – a beat combo – playing music mainly from the 50s and early 60s:  Buddy Holly, Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Drifters, Jim Reeves, Hank Williams et al. The line-up is Roy Cook (vocals and guitar), Derek Copland (Fender stratocaster), Al Gray (electric bass) and Hamish Whyte (drums).

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).

 

Shore Poets JUNE – Miriam Nash, Samuel Tongue, Kate Hendry + Graham Walker

For our final event of the season, we’re delighted to welcome Miriam Nash and Samuel Tongue to Shore Poets. They’ll be joined by Graham Walker on saxophone. Please join us at The Outhouse on the last Sunday of June for a summer evening of poetry and jazz.

Sunday 24th June 2018, 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: MIRIAM NASH


Miriam Nash was born in Inverness and grew up in Scotland, England and Wales. Her first poetry collection, All the Prayers in the House, was published by Bloodaxe in 2017. She has performed her work internationally and brought poetry in schools, museums and prisons in the UK, USA and Singapore. Her collection won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2015 and was runner-up in the Edwin Morgan Awards 2016. In 2014 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a MFA at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

NEW POET: SAMUEL TONGUE


Samuel Tongue’s first pamphlet collection is Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and his second, stitch, is forthcoming with Tapsalteerie in June. Poems have featured in publications such as Blackbox Manifold, Compass, Envoi, Gutter, The Herald, Interpreter’s House, Magma, Northwords Now and The Scotsman, and the anthologies Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 and the SPL’s Best Scottish Poems Anthology, 2016. Samuel held the Callan Gordon Award as part of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards 2013. Samuel is currently co-editor (with Susie Maguire) of New Writing Scotland and teaches Religion, Literature, and Culture at the University of Glasgow.

SHORE POET: KATE HENDRY


Kate Hendry joined Shore Poets last year. Her pamphlet, The Lost Original, was published by Happenstance Press in 2016. Her poetry and short fiction has been published in various magazines, including Compass, Gutter, Mslexia, Harpers, New Writing Scotland, The Reader, Rialto, and The North, and anthologies, including Best British Short Stories 2016, Writing Motherhood and Scottish Cats. She has edited two collections of poems for the Scottish Poetry Library: Tools of the Trade for newly qualified doctors, and To Learn the Future, for teachers. She is herself, an English Teacher.

MUSICIAN: GRAHAM WALKER


Graham Walker is a tenor and soprano saxophonist from the Orkney Islands. Graham recently returned to Scotland after 35 years, the last 23 of which were spent in Belgium (home of the saxophone) where he played with many of the best Belgian jazz musicians.
Graham will perform a selection of tunes from the jazz repertoire, as well as more abstract improvisation.

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 should 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).

See you on June 24th!

 

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!

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!

The Shore Poets are now on Twitter!

Shore Poets on Twitter!

I’m delighted to announce that the Shore Poets now have a Twitter presence! Our user name is @ShorePoets, and you can find our Twitter feed by clicking here.

As you can see from the graphic above, we don’t have many followers yet. If you’re a Twitter user and you’d like to get in touch with us, please do join the conversation! We’ll be happy to hear from you.