Highs & Roads

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StAnza International Poetry Festival kicks off this Wednesday 1st March in St Andrews and ends on Sunday 5th, packing in a variety of poetic events from readings, masterclasses, translations, collaborations, filmpoems and artworks. I’m reading on Sunday 5th at 11.30 in St. John’s Undercroft, South Street with Katharine Towers whose latest collection, ‘The Remedies’ was shortlisted for the T S Eliot prize in 2016. I’m very much looking forward to hearing her read. The themes for StAnza this year are ‘The heights of poetry’ and ‘On the road’ so I’ll include some of my poems that fit the theme as well as a range of others from the collection.

As usual I have tickets for about ten events. My highlights include John Agard, Patience Agbabi, Sarah Howe, Kathleen Jamie, Elaine Feinstein, Zoe Skoulding and Vahni Capildeo. There will be a great representation from St Mungo’s Mirrorball poets this year with Jim Carruth leading the charge, as well as Jim McGonigal, Nalini Paul, Mark Russell, Jane Bonnyman, Claire Quigley, Juana Adcock, Stephen Watt and Katie Ailes. There will also be a tribute event to the late great Sandy Hutchison.

More upcoming readings include:

The Missing Slate on Friday 10th March in the Project Room , 50 George Square, Edinburgh from 7.30pm-9pm. The Missing Slate is an International online literary magazine with roots in Pakistan so expect an excellent International line-up. I’ll be reading a couple of poems related to the ‘Glasgow to Lahore’ project that I was involved with last year as well as a few from the book. All proceeds from the night go to a charity supporting refugee welfare (I’ll be selling some books with the profit also going to the charity).

Bards at the Bookshop: The Nairn Bookshop, High Street, Nairn on April 12th at 7pm with Mark Russell.

Glasgow Women’s Library on May 4th at 12.30pm, The story cafe with Theresa Munoz.

Later in the year I’m hoping to confirm a readings in Edinburgh and Brighton.

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