After a fantastic launch to our monthly poetry night Hear Hare Here, we’re looking forward to welcoming you along to our second edition! 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. In July, we’ll be enjoying readings and performances from the glorious Katie Ailes, the ever unexpected Iain Morrison and Edinburgh makar Christine De Luca! Pick up a glass of wine on arrival and, as no poetry night is complete without a raffle, take a chance of winning a blind date with a book…
About the poets
Katie Ailes is a poet and PhD candidate currently based in Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the performance of authentic selfhood in contemporary UK spoken word poetry. Katie placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam and has performed across the UK. She organises, composes, and performs with the spoken word collective Loud Poets, including touring with them to the Brighton, Prague, and Edinburgh festivals. She is a former co-editor of Quotidian literary magazine and is currently co-piloting the Scottish Poetry Library Ambassadors programme. She released her first collection, Homing, in 2015, and was published in the House of Three anthology series in 2016.
Iain Morrison works in poetry and live literature and his practice is often collaborative. He’s worked on a number of projects, including Subject Index, an installation of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson, and a night of drag queen poetry at Scottish Poetry Library in 2016 for which he was awarded a Creative Edinburgh award. His pamphlet MARQUE, appeared with If A Leaf Falls Press (2017), and he has had poems in anthologies and magazines including Kakania, HOAX and Gutter. His first full collection is upcoming with Vagabond Voices.
Christine De Luca, who writes in both English and Shetlandic, is a native Shetlander who lives in Edinburgh. She was appointed Edinburgh’s Makar, or poet laureate, in 2014. She has had over a dozen books published, mainly poetry, but also a novel and some children’s stories. Her latest collection, Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat, 2014) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Prize and an Italian bi-lingual edition, Questo sole furfante, has recently been published (Nuova Trauben, 2015). Her poetry has often won awards in her native Shetland and a French bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles, won the Prix du Livre insulaire 2007 pour Poésie. Her poems have been selected three times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year.