The October Mirrorball Showcase will be held on Thursday 28th October at 7pm on Zoom with a great line up of poets: Harry Josephine Giles, Chris Agee, Imogen Forster and Lynn Valentine.
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their verse novel Deep Wheel Orcadia has just been published this month by Picador. Their poetry collections The Games (Out-Spoken Press, 2018) and Tonguit (Freight Books, 2015) were between them shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Saltire Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. They have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling. Their show Drone debuted in the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and toured internationally, and their performance What We Owewas picked by the Guardian’s best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category.www.harryjosephine.com
Chris Agee was born in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. After high school at Phillips Academy Andover and a year in Aix-en-Provence, France, he attended Harvard University and since graduation has lived in Ireland. His third collection of poems, Next to Nothing, was shortlisted in Britain for the 2009 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and its sequel, Blue Sandbar Moon, appeared in 2018. He is the Editor of Irish Pages and recently edited Balkan Essays, the sixth volume of Hubert Butler’s essays. His most recent collection Trump Rant came out in Spring 2021.
Imogen Forster lives and works in Edinburgh. In 2017 she completed an MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University, and her pamphlet, The Grass Boat, was published earlier this year by Mariscat. She is currently working on what she hopes will become a second pamphlet or a longer collection. She tweets as @ForsterImogen
Lynn Valentine‘s debut poetry collection Life’s Stink and Honey will be published by Cinnamon Press in April 2022, after winning their Literature Award. She has a Scots language pamphlet A Glimmer o Stars out with Hedgehog Poetry Press, after winning their dialect competition. Lynn was one of five ‘North’ poets to be commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library as part of their Champions project 2020.
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