Our March Mirrorball will take place on Thursday 25th March at 7pm with readings from: Catherine Eunson, Magi Gibson, Aoife Lyall and Heidi Williamson
The event will be held on Zoom, only members can attend our virtual events at present, please see membership page for details.
Heidi Williamson is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund. She was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of East Anglia from 2018-2020 and again in 2021. As a Poetry Surgeon for The Poetry Society, she mentors poets by Skype worldwide. Heidi also teaches for Poetry School, National Centre for Writing andThe Writing Coach. Her first collection, Electric Shadow (Bloodaxe 2011), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and her next, The Print Museum (Bloodaxe, 2016), won the 2016 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry. Heidi’s third collection Return by Minor Road (Bloodaxe 2020) revisits her time living in Dunblane at the time of the Primary School shooting and its aftermath. www.heidiwilliamsonpoet.com @heidiwilliamson
Aoife Lyall was born and raised in Dublin and now lives and works in the Scottish Highlands. She earned a BA in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin, an MPhil in Medieval Literature from St John’s, University of Cambridge, and a PGDE (English) from the University of Aberdeen. Aoife was awarded an Emerging Scottish Writer residency by Cove Park in 2020, was twice shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards, shortlisted in Wells Festival of Literature Open Poetry Competition and the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and longlisted for the inaugural Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize in 2018. She has worked as a guest curator for both the Scottish Poetry Library and Butcher’s Dog. Her reviews have appeared in The Interpreters’ House and Poetry London. Aoife’s debut collection, Mother, Nature (Bloodaxe, 2021), explores the tragic and tender experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood. https://www.aoifelyall.com/ @PoetLyall
Magi Gibson has six published poetry collections including Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks (Luath, 2017) and most recently I Like Your Hat (Luath, 2020) which sold out its first print run in a week. She won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Poetry Prize and has also won the Stirling Open Poetry Prize. Magi has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships, a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship, Writer in Residence in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art and Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence at Glasgow Women’s Library. She was the first Makar of the City of Stirling in 500 years. Her poetry appears in many anthologies, including Modern Scottish Women Poets, Scottish Love Poems (both Canongate) and The Twentieth Century Book of Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press). Magi co-edits The Poets’ Republicand runs Wild Women Writing. http://www.magigibson.co.uk @MagiGibson
Catherine Eunson is originally from Orkney and lived on Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides for twenty years, where she brought up her two children and was variously busy with jobs in the arts, the community and education. Now living in Glasgow, Catherine was a joint winner of the James McCash Scots Poetry Competiton, 2018 and was highly commended the year before. She composed and recorded music for Pauline Prior-Pitt’s North Uist Sea Poems which featured in Poetry at Sunset at StAnza 2020, just before the world changed. Her poems have been published in Henge in the Surge on the George Mackay Brown Fellowship website, Northwords Now, Ink Sweat and Tears, Riggwelter and The Scores. Catherine published her debut chapbook, Mend, at the end of 2020. https://catherineeunson.net