Diary

Forthcoming Events, 2018

Wednesday 13 June, 19.00
Persevere, 398 Easter Road, EH6 8HT
CultFusion #5
With Miriam Gamble, Diana Hendry, Rex Sweeny, Ginny The Fiddle and The Juniper Berries.
£3.00
Part of Leith Festival 2018

Thursday 14 June, 10.30–11.30
Henderson’s, Hanover Street, Edinburgh
Poetry & Coffee
Readings by Ken Cockburn, Colin Donati, and Margorie Lofti Gill with harpist Katie Harrigan

Past Events

2018

12 March
St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LL
Head Lines: Medicine and Poetry
John Gillies (Co-Director, University of Edinburgh Compassion Initiative) and poet Ken Cockburn discuss poetry’s place in the world of medicine and care. Organised by the Scottish Poetry Library.

Thursday 29 March
Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT
Book launch, Floating the Woods

Saturday 21 April, 14.00
Meet at the yurt near Braes of Foss car park, PH16 5NN
Dun Coillich: a place-aware walk
Free (£2 car parking charge). For details click here.

Thursday 3 May, 14.00, and Saturday 5 May, 11.00
Meet at Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
‘Ye Jacobites by Name’: a Royal Mile poetry walk
Tickets £8.00 (£6.00) available here
Part of TradFest 2018

2017

3 March. StAnza, St Andrews. Making a Living as a Poet, with Harry Giles and Sarah Hesketh.

28 April – 1 May. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Disregarded Harmonies: poems on the Royal Mile. A poetry walk for TradFest 2017.

5–28 August. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Come Down the Mile. A poetry walk for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

12 September. Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh. Vespers 10, with Daisy Lafarge.

22 September. City Art Centre, Market Street, Edinburgh. A promenade event in the exhibition Edinburgh Alphabet, with Henry Marsh, Colin Will, Martin Bates & Jane Aldous.

29 September– 8 October. Festival International de la Poésie, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

24 October. Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. Daughters of Penelope: a descriptive spoken word tour with readings, with Juliana Capes

2016

20 February. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Nothing But the Poem: Buson and haiku.

31 March. Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist. Last Thursdays Poetry Evening.

1 April. Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist. Writing workshop

29 April. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Huddles & Heavens: poems on the Canongate.

13 May. The Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Ardersier, Inverness IV12 7TD. A museum tour with live music

25 June. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Renga on the Terrace.

5 – 29 August. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Come Down the Mile. A poetry walk for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3 September. Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh. Hitting the hosomichi: Japanese Poetry in Scotland.

30 September. Forest Cafe, Edinburgh. Found in Translation. An event for International Translation Day.

15 & 16 October. AK Bell Library, Perth. Perthshire tours, follies & wild gardens. A free weekend of talks, walks, writing and foraging in Perth and Dunkeld & Birnam, with Alec Finlay, Rhynie Woman, Christopher Dingwall and others.

25 November. St James Church, Leith Links, Edinburgh. The Tasting Room.

2015

12 March. Hendersons, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry and Coffee.

31 March. The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, University of Glasgow. Book launch, The Road Northwith Alec Finlay & Gerry Loose.

4 April. The Community Forge, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. ECLIPSE: Enlightenment, with David Faithfull.

5 May. Blackwell Bookshop, Edinburgh. Book launch, Scotia Nova: Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation.

17 April – 28 June. Hillhead Library, Glasgow. About Face. An exhibition of large format Polaroid portraits by Maud Sulter, originally commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library in 2002

19 July. planten un blomen, Hamburg, Germany. ‘Von Edo nach Edinburgh – Eine Reise mit Basho’ (‘From Edo to Edinburgh – a journey with Basho’)

5 September–31 October. Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire EH44 6PW. Curved Stream.

23 September. Mac-Arts, Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP. The Power of Creative Collaboration, with Claire Pençak

8 October. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Two poetry walks for National Poetry Day.

24 November. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. A Canongate Poetry Walk.

Saturday 28 November, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. Some bat-squeak echo of other time: A tour guided by fiction

Monday 7 December. St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, Edinburgh. A Memorial Event for Tessa Ransford.

2014

5 March. Goethe-Institut Glasgow. Poetry in Translation, with Jan Wagner & Anne Stokes

13 March. Hendersons, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry and Coffee, with Donald Smith & Anita John

25 March. Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany. Lyrik im Gespräch, with Michael Augustin

10 April. Chelsea Physic Garden, London. Celebrating Bees: Poems of the Five Senses.

9 June. The John Gray Centre, Haddington, East Lothian. Poems of World War One.

11 June. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. An introduction to Artlink’s Opening Lines project which creates events for audiences with sight loss as well as sighted audiences, with Juliana Capes.

19 July. Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London. Launch of the new issue of Modern Poetry in Translationwith Christine Marendon

Various dates, June – August. Various National Trust properties in England and Wales.
there were our own there were the others

20 September. Jerwood Centre, Dove Cottage, Grasmere. Readings from The Road North, with Alec Finlay

20 September. The Foyle Room, opposite Dove Cottage, Grasmere. Poetry Workshop: Renga

16 October. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. ‘Late Ripeness’: Poems About Memory and Ageing. Part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

26 October. Shore Poets, Henderson’s at St John’s, Edinburgh. With Brian Johnstone

6 November. The Bluecoat, Liverpool. there were our own there were the others, with Alec Finlay, Libby Houston & Edmund Hardy

8 November. Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. A reading to close the exhibition of paintings by Andrew Mackenzie, ‘Veined with Shadow-branches’.

30 November. St. Michael’s Parish Church, Inveresk, Musselburgh. The Saltire Concert. Music and poetry for St Andrew’s Day.

11 December. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Remembering the Great War in words and music. With Brian Bannatyne-Scott & Lorna Irvine.

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