Spring is here! The verdant green is re-emerging! Scarves are being flung off in every direction!
So bounce straight into a brilliant evening of poetry (complete with raffle, of course) and give yourself some April joy.
What a treat awaits! After the joy of last month’s Hear Hare Here we are delighted to welcome three brilliant poets, all very different voices: William Letford, Lindsay McGregor and Jane McKie.
Billy Letford comes from Stirlingshire and worked in various jobs and in his family’s roofing business in his twenties. He has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. He received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2008, and an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary, which enabled him to go to Northern Italy where he helped in the restoration of a medieval village. He has taken part in translation projects through Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine, and travelled to India with the Commonwealth Poets United project in 2014. In 2014 a chapbook of his poetry, Potom Koža Toho Druhého, was published by Vertigo in Slovakian. His work has appeared on radio and television, and he has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at many other events and venues. A Creative Scotland Artists’ Bursary allowed him to spend six months travelling through India.
Carcanet published his debut collection Bevel in 2012, and his second, Dirt, in 2016.
Jane McKie has nine poetry publications, both pamphlets and book-length, some as collaborations with artists. Morocco Rococo won the Sundial/Scottish Arts Council award for best first book of 2007. In 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan poetry prize, and in the same year Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat Press) was a Poetry Book Society Choice. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
Lindsay Macgregor started writing at the Fife Maggie’s Centre in 2008 and has since completed an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee. She co-hosts Platform, a regular poetry and music night at Ladybank Station. In 2015, she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award and her debut pamphlet, The Weepers, was published by Calder Wood Press.