Forthcoming Events, 2018
Friday 13 July
Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB
Book launch – Heroines from Abroad
Poems by Christine Marendon, translated from the German by Ken Cockburn.
£3.00 – but the first 20 places booked are free. For details click here.
Saturday 4 – Monday 27 August, 11.00 (not Thursdays and Fridays)
Reading the Streets: an Old Town Poetry Tour
Again I’ll be leading poetry walks around the Canongate for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starting and ending at the Scottish Poetry Festival.
For details click here.
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.
29 March. Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. Book launch, Floating the Woods
21 April, 14.00. Dun Coillich: a place-aware walk. With Alec Finlay. For details click here.
Thursday 3 and Saturday 5 May. Meet at Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. ‘Ye Jacobites by Name’: a Royal Mile poetry walk. Part of TradFest 2018
Thursday 14 June, 10.30–11.30
Henderson’s, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry & Coffee. Readings by Ken Cockburn, Colin Donati, and Margorie Lotfi Gill with harpist Katie Harrigan
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.
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.
12 March. Hendersons, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry and Coffee.
31 March. The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, University of Glasgow. Book launch, The Road North, with 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.
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 Translation, with 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
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.