Shore Poets APRIL: it’s Open Night!

SHORE POETS: APRIL
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 27th April 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

It’s April! Happy springtime from Shore Poets!

Our headline poet this month is Alan Gillis. Alan is a poet and critic, and is editor of Edinburgh Review. His most recent poetry collection is Here Comes the Night (2010), and he is currently completing its follow-up. His first collection, Somebody, Somewhere (2004), was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and won The Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland. His second, Hawks and Doves (2007), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and The Queen’s University of Belfast, and was previously Lecturer in Irish Literature at The University of Ulster, and Research Fellow at The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at The Queen’s University of Belfast.

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!

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 from Becky Leach, Mairi McFadyen and Fiona Robinson. 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 27th April 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

Tell us you’re coming at our Facebook event!

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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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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 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

You can also join us at our Facebook group.

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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)

Spring is in the air! Come along to Shore Poets: MARCH

Shore Poets comes to you this month from our usual lovely venue, Henderson’s at St John’s, on Easter Sunday. See below for details of our fantastic March line-up!

SHORE POETS: MARCH
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 31st March 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Brian McCabe Brian McCabe is a Scottish writer, tutor and editor. He has held a number of fellowships both in Scotland and abroad, most recently a residence at the University of Edinburgh. He has published three collections of short stories, one novel ‘The Other McCoy’ (1991), and five volumes of poetry. His ‘Selected Stories’ was published in 2003.

From 2004 to 2011, Brian was the editor of The Edinburgh Review. As a creative writing tutor, he has worked at the universities of Lancaster, St. Andrews and Edinburgh. You can find out more about Brian’s writing, and see a full list of his publications, here.

Jane Mckie Our Shore Poet this month is Jane McKie. Jane has written two collections of poetry: Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), which won the Sundial/Scottish Arts Council award for best first book of 2007, and When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009). In 2011 McKie won the inaugural Edwin Morgan poetry prize. She runs a small press, Knucker Press, that encourages collaboration between artists and poets, and currently teaches on the MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

Camilla Chen Our new poet is Camilla Chen. Camilla is currently studying History of Art and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has performed her poetry in numerous places, and her success at the University of Edinburgh Literature Society Slams took her into the Scottish Poetry Slam Championship finals last year. She was also recently Highly Commended in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition.

To top things off, we’ll have traditional Scots songs from The Linties, our famous lemon cake raffle and of course, our Shore Poets Wildcard slot! Sign up on the door for a chance to read your poems on the night!

The venue is Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 31st March 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

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Shore Poets: February

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Cheryl Follon. Photo by Gerry Cambridge

SHORE POETS: FEBRUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 24th February 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

You’ve already read our recent news — now it’s time for our latest event. This month, our headline reader is Cheryl Follon.

Cheryl Follon was born in Ayrshire, where she grew up. She studied Law and then English and Scottish Literature at Glasgow University before taking an MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin, and now teaches at a college of further education in Glasgow. She has received two writer’s bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council, and has published two collections with Bloodaxe, All Your Talk (2004) and Dirty Looks (2010). Her essay on the Mojave desert was shortlisted for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing in 2012. (via)

Here’s an extract from Cheryl’s poem, Dinner. You can read the whole thing at the Scottish Poetry Library website.

As you shucked the last oysters
onto your side plate
and ordered a lemon ice

I found myself in the guise of a large beetle
down amongst the spilt salt grains
and your slim-line after-dinner cigarettes.

I was a swarm of fifty thousand bees
floating up towards the Venus de Milo
and the damp patches on the ceiling.

miriamg and christinedl

Also on our bill for February are new poet Miriam Gamble, and Shore Poet Chrstine de Luca.

In addition, we’ll also be presenting the 2013 Mark Ogle Memorial Award to Anna Crowe, for her poem “Swallows”. The award is given in February to one of the new or headline poets from our previous season’s events. They are selected and commissioned by the Shore Poets to create a poem for the award. Previous winners include Tom Pow, Frances Leviston and Elizabeth Burns. We’re delighted to be welcoming Anna to the event this month!

Remember, we’ve also introduced a Shore Poets wildcard slot, an idea we’ve borrowed from poetry slams. Basically, if you think you’d fancy reading at Shore Poets, all you have to do is come along and stick you name in the hat when you pay at the door. One name will be drawn, and that person gets to read one poem / for three minutes (no running over!) at the start of the night. Go on… be brave!

There will also be music from Andy Miller.

As always: 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 24th February 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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Reminder: Shore Poets January (+ poster!)

Helena Nelson

Hello, poetry lovers!

Just a quick reminder that this coming Sunday is Shore Poets January: come along and hear the wonderful words of Helena Nelson, Nick Brooks and Ian McDonough. There’ll also be live music from Button Ben!

You can let us know you’re coming by visiting our Facebook event, or you can download the event poster at this link. Please do share all this information — the more the merrier!

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

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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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