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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.