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)


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 @ 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.


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


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.


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.


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…’


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.)

 Useful information:

If you would like to be notified of our monthly events, please follow this blog, by clicking the follow button in the corner. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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

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,

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

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

Music this month is provided by TEA FOR TWO. Find them at

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!

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)

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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

Scottish Book Trust logo