Shore Poets June: Tom Leonard, Theresa Munoz and Nancy Somerville

It’s almost time for Shore Poets to take our annual summer holiday, and for all of you to dive into the delights of Edinburgh’s various amazing festivals. But before we go, we have a cracking June line-up for you. We hope you can join us on Sunday 29th June to warmly welcome these three great poets!

SHORE POETS: JUNE
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 29th June 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Tom Leonard's Kinetic Poem

Our headline poet is the inimitable Tom Leonard.

Born in Glasgow, Tom Leonard is best known for poetry written in the urban speech of that city. […] He received a Scottish Arts Council Bursary in 1971 and 1978. While Writer in Residence at Renfrewshire Libraries he researched and compiled an anthology of local poets, Radical Renfrew (published in 1990). His poem on the Six O’Clock News (‘Unrelated Incidents 3’) is compulsory reading in the AQA English language GCSE course in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2001 he was appointed, with Alasdair Gray and James Kelman, joint Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, from which he retired in 2009. […] Tom Leonard has written plays, sound poetry, political polemic and a biography of the 19th-century Scottish poet James ‘B.V.’ Thomson, Places of the Mind. He is best known for his poems in Glasgow speech, heralded by the epoch-making Six Glasgow Poems of 1969… It could be argued that Leonard has dedicated his life to answering W.S. Graham’s question, ‘What is the language using us for?’

To find out more about Leonard and his work, we suggest you read the rest of his page at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Our new poet this month is Theresa Munoz.

Theresa was born to Spanish-Filipino immigrants in Vancouver, BC and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her debut pamphlet Close chronicles her move from Canada to Scotland and was launched at StAnza 2012.
Theresa’s poetry has appeared in journals across the Atlantic, including Poetry Review, Canadian Literature, New Writing Scotland, Stand, Under the Radar and many others. She was an Overseas Research Scholar in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow where she wrote the PhD dissertation on the work of none other than Tom Leonard. She has won a British Columbia Arts Council Award and has also been a prize winner in the McClellan Poetry Prize and the Troubadour International Poetry competitions.
You can visit Theresa’s website here.

This month’s Shore Poet is Nancy Somerville.

Nancy was born in Glasgow and is now based in Edinburgh. Her work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. She edited Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children, with Stewart Conn in 2004. Her first collection, Waiting for Zebras, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2008.
You can read more about Nancy at the Scottish Book Trust website.

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 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 29th June 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

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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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 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!

Shore Poets June: Don Paterson, Nancy Somerville and Clydebuilters

Well, it’s the last event of the Shore Poets 2012-2013 season, before we take a short break over the summer (we’ll be back in September!). It’s been a great year, and we thought we’d end on a high.

SHORE POETS: JUNE
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 30th June 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Carry a Poem: Poets for Haiti

We’re very excited to announce that our headline poet this month is the inimitable Don Paterson.

He’s an extremely prolific poet and writer, as you can see from this section of his personal website:

His collections of poetry are Nil Nil (Faber, 1993), God’s Gift to Women (Faber, 1997), The Eyes (after Antonio Machado, Faber, 1999), Landing Light (Faber, 2003; Graywolf, 2004), Orpheus (a version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus, Faber, 2006) and Rain (Faber, 2009; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).

He has published two books of aphorism, The Book of Shadows (Picador, 2004) and The Blind Eye (Faber, 2007), and a compendium, Best Thought, Worst Thought (Graywolf, 2008). He has also edited a number of anthologies.

His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.

Don has been the poetry editor for Picador since 1996, and is also a musician. We’re greatly looking forward to hearing him read, and advise everyone to come along early to this event, as we’re expecting a high turnout!

The Shore Poet month is Nancy Somerville, and our ‘new poet’ slot is being ably filled by Clydebuilters — representatives of the Glasgow-based Clydebuilt poetry apprenticeship scheme, which you can read more about at the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Our Shore Poets wildcard slot is also up for grabs! In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, you basically just need to turn up, clutching one poem (and one poem only), and put your name into our ‘poet hat’ when you pay at the door. One name will be pulled from the hat at the start of the night, and that person will kick off the night for us by reading their poem. We hope you’ll be brave enough to have a go!

Of course, we’ll also have live music on the night — this month, we’re delighted to welcome Tom Fairnie. Tom is an Edinburgh based singer/songwriter with a rich background of performance and recorded collaborations with other poets and musicians. You can read more about him at his website.

And last but not least, you’ll also be able to buy tickets for our infamous lemon cake raffle.

We hope to see you there!

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

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.

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

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(Photo by Chris Scott)