We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ll be launching our very own monthly poetry night! Each month we’ll bring you three of our favourite poetic voices in a cornucopia of verse, MCed by our very own booksellers and poetry lovers Alice Tarbuck and Annie Rutherford. From July onwards Hear Hare Here will take place on the third Thursday of each month, but to launch it in style, we couldn’t resist including it in our line up of events for Independent Bookshop Week!
So do come along and toast this new beginning! We’ll be enjoying readings and performances from poets the effervescent JL Williams, the remarkable Theresa Muñoz and, of course, our lovely writer in residence Claire Askew. And as no poetry night is complete without a raffle, you’ll have the chance of winning a blind date with a book…
JL Williams’ latest and third collection of poetry After Economy has just been published, and explores the fine line between abundance and apocalypse. Jennifer is particularly interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages and cultures, and in work which crosses genres. She was selected for the 2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme and for the TRG3 Residency Programme at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, and is a member of the poetry and music band Opul.
Claire Askew is not only a poet and writer but also our very own writer in residence. Her debut collection This changes things appeared in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award. She’s also a fiction writer and her novel-in-progress, working title Three Rivers, won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2016. She’s the Scotland tutor for Write Like A Grrrl! and has worked with organisations from Crisis Skylight to the Glasgow Women’s Library.
Theresa Muñoz’ first full collection of poetry Settle appeared with Vagabond Voices in 2016 and explores the two subjects dominating the present day: migration and technology. She has been shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Award and was a prizewinner in the McClellan and Troubadour competitions. She is a regular contributor to the Scottish Review of Books and the Herald’s book pages, and has had her work published in a number of journals.