Shore Poets FEBRUARY: Conn, Hendry, Glaister & MOMA

Happy February, friends! Thankfully, winter is nearly over, and Spring is coming. To celebrate, we have a massive event for you this month, with lots of special happenings. Have a look!

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

stewart conn

Our headline poets (no Shore Poet slot this month!) are Diana Hendry and Stewart Conn. Stewart Conn is one of Scotland’s leading poets. He was born in Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh since 1977, where until 1992 he was head of radio drama for BBC Scotland. He was Edinburgh’s first Makar, or Poet Laureate, 2002-2005. His collection The Breakfast Room (2010) won the SMIT Book Awards Poetry Book of the Year. His most recent publication is Estuary (Mariscat Press 2012) and The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming next month from Bloodaxe Books. He is Honorary President of Shore Poets.

Diana Hendry is an Honorary member of Shore Poets. She has published five collections of poems. Her latest, published last year, is The Seed-box Lantern: New & Selected Poems (Mariscat Press). She has also written over forty books for children, including Harvey Angell, which won a Whitbread Award, and recently The Seeing, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize.
She has been Writer in Residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh University. She lives in Edinburgh.

In a change to our original billing, our new poet will now be Lesley Glaister. Lesley is well-known for her fiction writing, but has only recently begun to compose poetry. The Shore Poets feel privileged to offer her a first-ever poetry reading slot in Edinburgh. We hope lots of you will come and help us to welcome her.
We hope that William Letford, originally billed as our new poet for the month, will join us sometime in the 2014/15 season.

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This month we will also be presenting the Mark Ogle Memorial Award to Meg Bateman. Meg Bateman 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.

We’ll have live music this month from Holm. Holm is Frank Glynn (violin/viola) and Stewart Veitch (electric guitar). They are an eclectic duo who play arrangements of music by Ron Sexsmith, Charlie Haden, Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla, Elvis Costello and Hildegard of Bingen among others, as well as their own compositions. They have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HolmDuo

As usual, we’ll also have our two wildcard slots up for grabs, where YOU can read alongside this amazing line-up! Just bring a poem you’d like to perform, put your name in the hat when you arrive at the door, and wait to see if your name is picked!

All topped off by our delicious lemon cake raffle.

See you there!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
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

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Shore Poets November: Gerrie Fellowes, Christine de Luca & Tracey S Rosenberg

Hello, friends!
Are you ready for a last showcase of brilliant Scottish poetry before the Christmas break? It’s time for Shore Poets November!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th November 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

fellows, gerrie Our November headline poet, Gerrie Fellows, was born in New Zealand, lives in Glasgow, and works as a creative writing tutor. Her first collection, Technologies and other poems, was published by Polygon in 1990, and ten years later they also published The Powerlines, a collection that traces Scottish and New Zealand connections through a variety of women’s voices. The Duntroon Toponymy was published by Mariscat in 2001, and Window for a Small Blue Child by Carcanet in 2007. You can read some of Gerrie’s poem at the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Shore Poets October -- host Christine de Luca
The Shore Poet for November is Christine de Luca. Christine has published five collections of poetry in English and Shetlandic. The Shetland Library brought out the first three: Voes & Sounds (1994), Wast Wi Da Valkyries (1997), and Plain Song (2002). The first two of these won the Shetland Literary Prize. Luath Press published Parallel Worlds in 2005 and North End of Eden in 2010. A bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles, (éditions fédérop, 2007) won the poetry Prix du Livre Insulaire. Christine’s first novel, And Then Forever, was published in 2011. Find out more at christinedeluca.co.uk

Tracey S Rosenberg, new poet at Shore Poets November! Our new poet for November is Tracey S. Rosenberg. Tracey is from America, and lives permanently in Scotland with her husband and cat. She’s the author of the historical novel The Girl in the Bunker (Cargo Publishing, 2011) and a poetry pamphlet, Lipstick is Always a Plus (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and she’s performed her poetry at many slams and festivals. She is currently working on a new collection, and a variety of jigsaw puzzles. Tracey blogs at tsrosenberg.wordpress.com

There’ll also be chance for YOU to read your work as part of this stellar line up! Just bring a poem, put your name in the hat at the door when you arrive, and you may be picked for one of our TWO three-minute wildcard slots!

We’ll also have live music from Andy Miller, and of course, our lemon cake raffle!

Shore Poets NOVEMBER
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th November 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Let us know you’re coming — and invite your friends — using our Facebook event!

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

SHORE POETS: October
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, gerryloose.com

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 onenightstanzas.com

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 colonpress.com

Music this month is provided by TEA FOR TWO. Find them at facebook.com/tee4too

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!

SHORE POETS: October
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) shorepoets.org.uk

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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

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(Photo by Chris Scott)

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!

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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.

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