Shore Poets NOVEMBER: Anna Crowe, Christine De Luca, Tammy Adams, David Wilson + Mother Superior and the Wherewithal

Please join us for an entertaining evening of poetry and music at the last Shore Poets of 2019. We have a fantastic line-up of four established and new poetical talents. Plus musical interludes from the brilliantly named, and possibly philosophical, Mother Superior And The Wherewithal.

Wednesday 27th November 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Canons’ Gait cellar bar 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


photo credit: Swithun Crowe

Anna Crowe, our headline poet, was born in Plymouth but has long lived in St Andrews, where she was a co-founder of the poetry festival StAnza and its Artistic Director for seven years. She has had four collections of her poems published, the latest of which is Not on the Side of the Gods, which is just out from Arc; and three pamphlets with Mariscat Press, one of which, Figure in a Landscape, won the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award. She is well-known as a translator, especially from Catalan and Castilian. You can hear her poetry on the Poetry Archive website.


Christine De Luca is one of the longest-serving Shore Poets. She is originally from Shetland but has lived in Edinburgh for many years. She writes both in English and in her mother tongue, Shetlandic. She’s had several collections of poems published and her work has been translated into many languages. A keen translator herself, she enjoys travelling to all sorts of places to speak, to read and to translate: festivals, conferences and translation sessions. She is just back from Portugal where she was taking part in a Pessoa colloquium. Christine was Edinburgh’s Makar or Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2017, when she instigated the online anthology Edinburgh Unsung. Her best-selling pamphlet from Mariscat Press, Dat Trickster Sun, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award in 2014. Her latest work is a series of poetic responses to the work of the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh, published last year.



Tammy lives in Dunbar and has been writing for just over 5 years. She had a few successes with publication in The Interpreters’ House, online poetry magazines including Lighten Up Online and PenNing, on beermats, and in the in-house magazines for The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland and Downs Syndrome Scotland. She has also had poems in Hedgehog Press anthologies and has been selected in several poetry competitions including Ver, Marsden Poetry Village and The Plough. She gave a ‘new poet’ reading earlier this year at Shore Poets and also read at a ‘Haverings’ fringe event for the Dunbar Coastword festival. She is an active member of her local writing group, Dunbar Writers – which is part of Tyne & Esk Writers. The group has helped with prompts, focus and feedback – helping her build up to a first collection.


David Wilson lives in North Yorkshire. He was led to poetry by a chance encounter with a stunning poem (Midsummer, Tobago by Derek Walcott) on the wall of a hospital waiting room. Paul Muldoon awarded him the 2015 Poets and Players prize for his poem Everest. His debut pamphlet Slope was published in 2016. As well as poetry, he has written short stories and a novel praised by the Times as a ‘tour de force’. His first full collection, The Equilibrium Line, poetry inspired by climbing, was published in July by Smith/Doorstop. It has just been awarded the 2019 Mountain Fiction and Poetry Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Literature Festival. It is shortlisted for the other major prize for mountain literature, the Boardman-Tasker. David chose The Equilibrium Line as his title because the poems are preoccupied with what it means to find balance: on rock and ice, within ourselves, and within threatened mountain environments that are melting in front of our eyes.


Mother Superior and the Wherewithal are Iain Clark and Chris Kant. Chris may or may not be related to Immanuel Kant. Iain states that as far as he is aware, he is not related to any European philosophers of note! They have been collaborating on and off since the early 1980s. Their music doesn’t fit neatly into categories and nor would they want it to.


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).

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.)




Happy New Year! The first Shore Poets event 2019 season is almost upon us and we’d love you to join us! Please come along and help us celebrate our first selection of poets for this year. We’re delighted to welcome back honorary Shore Poet and much-loved Edinburgh poet Diana Hendry. She’ll be reading alongside her partner; the poet, publisher and current Shore Poet, Hamish Whyte. If you haven’t heard them read together before, you’re in for a treat. They’ll be joined by Rex Sweeny who is this month’s new poet and our musicians – the talented trio, Tribaiser.

Sunday 27th January 2019
7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
The Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)


Diana Hendry

Diana has published six collections of poems, including Making BlueBorderers and Late Love & Other Whodunnits (all Peterloo Poets) and The Seed-Box Lantern: New and Selected Poems (Mariscat). Her most recent collection is The Watching Stair (Worple Press, 2018). In 2015 she collaborated with Douglas Dunn and Vicki Feaver in Second Wind (Saltire Society/Scottish Poetry Library): poems on ageing.

She has also written over 40 children’s books, including the Whitbread-winning Harvey Angell and recently The Seeing which was shortlisted both for the Costa Prize and Scottish Book of the Year. A junior novel, Out of the Clouds, came out from Hodder in 2016, with a sequel, Whoever You Are, in 2018. Her short stories have been widely published and broadcast.

She was the first writer in residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and from 2008 to 2010 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.  She has recently co-edited New Writing Scotland.

Janice Galloway has commented: ‘Diana Hendry’s poetry has a wonderful sense of the author’s voice, dark and bitterly sweet at the same time, like high-grade chocolate.’

Diana will be reading at StAnza on March 9th.



Hamish has had three collections of poems published by Shoestring Press, A Bird in the HandThe Unswung Axe and Things We Never Knew (the last published 2016). A pamphlet Now the Robin came out from HappenStance Press in 2018.

He has also edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, including Mungo’s Tongues: Glasgow Poems 163-1990An Arran AnthologyKin: Scottish Family PoemsScottish Cats (Birlinn 2013) and most recently Ten Poems About Robins (Candlestick Press, 2018).

He runs Mariscat Press, publishing the poetry of Edwin Morgan, Stewart Conn, Douglas Dunn, Jackie Kay, Gael Turnbull, Christine De Luca, Diana Hendry and Jim Carruth among others. In 2015 Mariscat won both the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award and the Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlet publishing. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, a member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets and plays percussion with the band The Whole Shebang.

His long poem Window on the Garden was reviewed in Scotland on Sunday as ‘impossible to describe, like Joni Mitchell and James Joyce deciding to rewrite Thomson’s The Seasons in the style of Sappho.’


rex sweeny

Originally from Sussex, Rex Sweeny spent twelve years in Oxford before moving to Scotland and has lived in Edinburgh since 1989. He organises and hosts the annual CultFusion poetry event for Leith Festival and his work has appeared in The One O’Clock Gun, Torn Pages and the 2013 anthology New T@les From The Old Town.


A group of three Heriot-Watt musicians, and more so very good friends, comprising of Fraser Sharp, Kyle Kinnear and Jack Lodge playing drums, jazz keys and trombone respectively. The trio is set to enjoy its second consecutive year playing at the event following a year of musical road trips and music courses around the West and North coasts of Scotland!


The lemon cake raffle provides us with much-needed funds, and of course provides one lucky winner with a very excellent lemon cake. Sometimes we have poetry pamphlets in the raffle too.

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Happy new year! It’s time for Shore Poets JANUARY, with Kathleen Jamie

Happy New Year, poetry fans! Shore Poets has been enjoying a restful Christmas break, and we hope you have, too. But now we’re back, with a truly fabulous line-up to kick off your literary year. Check it out!

Shore Poets JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014

Kathleen Jamie, headline poet for Shore Poets January!

The headline poet for this brand new New Year session is Kathleen Jamie. Kathleen was born in Renfrewshire, grew up in Currie and attended the University of Edinburgh, reading for a degree in Philosophy. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1981 aged just 19, and her first collection, Black Spiders, was published the following year.
Since then, she has published many other collections, including the well known and well loved The Queen of Sheba in 1994. Her most recent collection, The Overhaul, published in 2012, won the Costa Prize and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She holds the Chair in Creative Writing at Stirling University. You can hear readings of her poems at, and read more about her work at


Our Shore Poet this month is Jane McKie. Jane is the author of two poetry collections: Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon, 2007), and When the sun turns green (Polygon, 2009). The former won the Sundial Award for best first book of 2007, and in 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize. Her most recent publication is Garden of Bedsteads, also 2011 (Mariscat Press). She teaches on the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Creative Writing programme, and is also a creative facilitator for the Making It Home project, based at Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow.


Michael Pedersen is our January New Poet. Michael is from Edinburgh and has published two poetry chapbooks: Part-Truths (Koo Press) and The Basic Algebra of Buttering Bread (Windfall Books). His first full collection, Play with Me, was published by Polygon in 2013 and blurbed by none other than Stephen Fry (yes, that Stephen Fry). Michael helps to run the monthly literary cabaret Neu! Reekie!, alongside Rebel Inc editor and veteran Scottish counter-culture poet Kevin Williamson. Michael is also a songwriter and has worked on various poetic and musical collaborations. Follow him on Twitter via @scribepedersen for more.


There’ll be a chance for YOU to read your work as part of this stellar line up, too! 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 and of course, our lemon cake raffle!

Shore Poets JANUARY
Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

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Shore Poets May: Meg Bateman, Martin McIntyre and Iain Matheson

Still fuelled by all the excitement of our open night, we’re bringing you a brilliant evening of poetry and music for May!

Henderson’s at St John’s, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th May 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

Meg Bateman, photo by Robyn Grant
Our headline poet is Meg Bateman. Meg 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.

There will also be poetry from our New Poet Iain Matheson, and the Shore Poet this month is Martin McIntyre.

A reminder: although there was a brief hiatus for the open night, the Shore Poets wildcard slot has now returned. If you want to read one of your poems at our May event, then bring one along with you and put your name into the wildcard hat when you pay at the door. One name will be drawn and open the evening with a poem!

We’ll also have live music from the Guerrilla String Quartet, and of course, our famous lemon cake raffle.

We hope to see you there!

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 26th May 2013

Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!
Admission £5 / Concessions £3

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The Shore Poets Open Night 2013: some pictures

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Lindy Barbour, bravely reading first

Matthew McDonald

Colin McGuire

Rex Sweeney

Rose Ritchie

Rita Bradd

Simon McLaren

Ruth Aylett

Andrew Sclater

Louise Peterkin, who defied tech problems to give a great reading!

Ian McDonough, host with the most!

Angus Ogilvie

and our headliner, Andrew Greig

Thanks to all our readers, and to everyone who came along, for making it such a successful Open Night!

We raised £100 in our Young MacDonald raffle, and you can still donate at Jim’s JustGiving page.

Come along to Shore Poets: November!

Graham Fulton at Shore Poets November
Graham Fulton

It’s getting mighty cold outside these days, and it’s extremely tempting to stay wrapped up warm inside. But trust us, it’ll be worth venturing out on Sunday 25th November to see the fantastic trio of poets we’ve got lined up!

Our headline poet for November is Graham Fulton, the author of dozens of poetry pamphlets, collections and other publications. Ian McMillan praises his work highly, saying:

“Graham Fulton uses memory, observation, and invention to create a heady linguistic soup that uses poetry to make sense of the world; there’s compassion here, and anger, and a burning desire to illuminate places that don’t often get the poetic torch shone on them. Read and enjoy.”

You can find out more about Graham at his website.

Graham will be supported by our new poet, Peter MacKay, and the Shore Poet reading this month is Claire Askew.

There will also be live music from Skotebi.

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

7.45 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday 25th November 2012

Bar from 7.15pm
Arrive early to nab a good seat!

Admission £5 / Concessions £3

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Claire Askew at Shore Poets November
Claire Askew

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