St Mungo's Mirrorball

The Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers

February Mirrorball

The next Mirrorball will be on Thursday 7th February in the CCA, with three poets: Ross Wilson, Gerrie Fellows and Vahni Capildeo. Entry is free to members, guests £7/£4conc.

Vahni Capildeo’s sixth full-length book of poems and tenth publication is Venus as a Bear (Carcanet, 2018), shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prizes Best Collection award. Capildeo’s current projects include traditional masquerade, a seventh book, Skin Can Hold, and an intersemiotic collaboration with Chris McCabe.

Gerrie Fellows reads from Uncommon Place, a new collection of poems from Shearsman, in which she explores the relationship of the walker with the shifting nature of the place through which she walks. Rooted in Scotland’s mountains and open spaces, its fenced enclosures and mined ground, Uncommon Place develops from earlier books what one writer has called ‘the most intelligent debate between technology and nature in poetry that I know.’ Gerrie’s five collections include The Body in Space and Window for a Small Blue Child. She lives in Glasgow and mentored a number of the Clydebuilt poets.

Ross Wilson’s first full collection is published by Smokestack Books. He comes fae Kelty in Fife and lives in Condorrat, North Lanarkshire, with his partner and daughter. He works full time as an Auxiliary Nurse in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.



December Mirrorball

The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball Showcase is on Thursday 13th December at 7pm in the cinema of the CCA, Glasgow. This will include a reading by three poets: Colette Bryce, Kathrine Sowerby and Stewart Sanderson. The event is free to members, guests £7/4conc.

Colette Bryce is an Irish poet, currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her latest collection, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which draws on her experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, was awarded a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems (Picador, 2017), drawing on all her books, received the Pigott Prize for Poetry 2018. Colette is a freelance writer, and former poetry editor of the journal Poetry London. She held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University in spring 2018.

Kathrine Sowerby is a writer living in Glasgow. Her poems and stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies and she has taken part in translation projects in Pakistan and Latvia. She has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and she won a 2013 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. She often collaborates with artist/writer Tessa Berring. Her chapbooks Unnecessarily Empatic and Tired Blue Mountain are published by Red Ceilings Press, her collection that bird loved by Hesterglock Press. Both her stories The Spit, the Sound and the Nest and her new book of poetry House However are published by Vagabond Voices.  

Stewart Sanderson   “Stewart Sanderson is a poet from Glasgow. His writing has been recognised by a number of prizes and awards, notably a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and an Eric Gregory Award for his first pamphlet, Fios. His new pamphlet, An Offering, is [fingers crossed!] out now with Tapsalteerie.


November Mirrorball


The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball event, featuring Zaffar Kunial, Richie McCaffrey and Sam Tongue, will be on Wednesday 28th November at 7pm in the CCA clubroom. This event is supported by the Scottish Poetry Library,

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in West Yorkshire. His debut poetry collection ‘Us’ was published by Faber & Faber in 2018 and has just been shortlisted for TS Eliot award. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’. 

Richie McCaffery hails from Warkworth, Northumberland and is busy working on an edited collection of essays reappraising the work of Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith for publication by Brill / Rodopi as well as a selected edition of Joan Ure’s poems for Brae Editions. He has two poetry pamphlets (Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press and Ballast Flint from Cromarty Arts Trust, which was runner-up in the 2014 Callum Macdonald Pamphlet Award) to his name.. In 2014 his published his first full collection of poems, Cairn from Nine Arches Press. His second collection, entitled Passport came out on Nine Arches Press in July 2018.

Samuel Tongue’s first pamphlet collection was Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and his second, stitch, is out now with Tapsalteerie. Poems have featured in publications such anthologies such as Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, and the SPL’s Best Scottish Poems Anthology, 2016. Samuel held the Callan Gordon Award as part of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards 2013. He is currently co-editor (with Susie Maguire) of New Writing Scotland and Project Co-ordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library.

November Mirrorball

The next St Mungo’s Mirrorball event will be on the 1st november at 7pm; the venue is still to be confirmed (details will be posted here & emailed around to members nearer the time). Members free, guests £7/£4

Mária Ferenčuhová lectures history and theory of documentary at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, translates prose and poetry from French and is the author of four poetry books: Skryté titulky (2003), Princíp neistoty (2008), Ohrozený druh (2012) and Imunita (2016). Her poetry was translated into several languages (French, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Macedonian…) and her last book Imunita will be published in Ukrainian, Serbian, Slovenian and French.


James Sutherland-Smith was born in 1948 lives in Slovakia. He has published seven collections of his own poetry, the most recent being “The River and the Black Cat”, from Shearsman Books in 2018. He has translated a number of Slovak poets and Serbian poets including Mila Haugová, Ivana Milankov and Miodrag Pavlović. For his translation work he received the Slovak Hviezdoslav Prize in 2003 and the Serbian Zlatko Krasni Prize in 2014. “Mouth”, his sixth collection,  received the Rector’s Prize at Prešov University in 2015. A selection of his translations of Mária Ferenčuhová’s poetry, “Tidal Events,” has  also been published by Shearsman Books in 2018.


A C Clarke is a poet living in Glasgow who has won a number of prizes over the years and been widely published in anthologies and magazines. She has collaborated with Sheila Templeton and Maggie Rabatski on poems in English, Scots and Gaelic, resulting in a pamphlet Owersettin published by Tapsalteerie in 2016. This collaboration is ongoing.  Her fifth full collection, A Troubling Woman (Oversteps Books), centred on the Medieval visionary Margery Kempe, came out in 2017. She was one of four joint winners in the Cinnamon Press 2017 poetry pamphlet competition with War Baby, which was published in January 2018. She is currently working on a harebrained scheme to translate all of Paul Éluard’s poems (at least 1000) before she dies and on an ever-expanding series of poems about his first wife Gala and the surrealist circle.


Irene Hossack’s poetry has been published internationally over the years, most recently ‘Mellifluous’ appeared in Envoi 178. Her collection North of All Borders was published by Stupor Mundi Books in May 2018 and is available on Amazon. She teaches Creative Writing and Applied Linguistics at the Open University.


National Poetry Day

St. Mungo’s Mirrorball will be marking National Poetry Day on 4th October with an event celebrating the anniversary of two poets W. S. Graham and Guillaume Apollinaire. There will be readings from both poets by Mirrorball members. This free event will be held in the library at the Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH – 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.

William Sydney Graham was born in Greenock in 1918, the same month as Apollinaire died in Paris. He would spend most of his adult life in Cornwall and became closely associated with the artist’s colony in St. Ives. Graham’s poems explore the possibilities of language.

Guillaume Apollinaire also pushed the boundaries of what poetry can be. In Paris he befriended many avant-garde artists including Matisse, Picasso, de Chirico and Duchamp. His brief career influenced the development of such artistic movements as Futurism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism.


May Mirrorball

The next Mirrorball will showcase five poets: Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, Patrick James Errington, Elizabeth Rimmer and Jane Hartshorn, on Thursday 31st May, in the CCA Clubroom at 7pm; members free, guests £7/£4.

Oli Hazzard’s’s first collection of poems, Between Two Windows (Carcanet, 2012), won the English Association’s Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and was a book of the year in the Guardian, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. His second collection, Blotter (Carcanet), and a study of John Ashbery’s poetry, The Minor Eras: John Ashbery and Post-War English Poetry (Oxford University Press), will be published in 2018.

Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online arts quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her first poetry collection, Who Is Mary Sue?, was published by Faber & Faber in February 2018. She is currently Assistant Professor of Poetry at Durham University.

Poems by Patrick James Errington have won numerous prizes, including the Wigtown Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, The Flambard Prize, and the National Poetry Competition, and appear regularly in journals and anthologies like Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Oxford Poetry, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, and Copper Nickel. In 2017, his French translation of PJ Harvey’s poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand, was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme, and just this year his own chapbook, Glean, was released by ignitionpress. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Patrick is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA programme and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of St Andrews.

Elizabeth Rimmer has published three collections of poetry with Red Squirrel Press, Wherever We Live Now, (2011), The Territory of Rain, (2015), and Haggards in 2018.She has always taken an interest in herbs and how we use them as symbols for the values we cherish, and produced a modern translation of the Old English Charm of Nine Herbs in 2017. She has edited two poetry collections for Red Squirrel Press, and the most recent anthology of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) Landfall. She is a council member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.  Her website is

Jane Hartshorn has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Kent. In 2017, her first pamphlet tract was published by Litmus Publishing. She has had poems published in MAP MagazineRaumGnommero, Glasgow University’s From Glasgow to Saturn, and Poetry Scotland’s The Open Mouse.

Clydebuilt 10 Showcase


The next Mirrorball will be the Clydebuilt 10 Showcase on Thursday 3rd May at 7pm in the CCA clubroom, featuring mentor Gerry Loose and mentees: Lindsey Shields Waters, Ross Wilson, Molly Vogel and Craig Coyle.


Gerry Loose

The poetry of Gerry Loose is found inscribed in Parks, Botanic Gardens and natural landscapes as well as hospitals, galleries and on the page. Recent publications include Printed on Water, New and Selected Poems (Shearsman); that person himself (Shearsman); fault line (Vagabond Voices); An Oakwoods Almanac (Shearsman).  Forthcoming from Vagabond Voices: night exposures.

Lindsey Shields Waters works as a solicitor at the University of Strathclyde and lives in Glasgow with her family. On completing an MLitt at Glasgow University in 2016, she put aside a half written espionage novel to concentrate on poetry instead and has not looked back. She was a Clydebuilt poetry mentee for 2016/17 and her poems have been published in Lighthouse Literary Journal (Issues 12, 14 and 17); Magma Poetry (Issue 69); RAUM Poetry (Issue 4); the W.S. Graham Centenary Anthology: The Caught Habits of Language and Glasgow Review of Books. She has lived and worked in Washington DC, Bavaria and Leiden and is currently working on her first pamphlet collection.

Ross Wilson
was raised in Kelty, a former mining village in West Fife. His first pamphlet collection, The Heavy Bag, was published by Calder Wood Press in 2011. In 2013 he was credited as a writer on The Happy Lands, an acclaimed award winning feature film in which he had an acting role. His first full collection of poetry will be published by Smokestack Books in December, 2018. He works full time as an Auxiliary Nurse in Glasgow.


Molly Vogel is a poet from Los Angeles, California. She moved to Glasgow in 2011 to pursue a Masters degree at the University, and has since received a doctorate. Her poetry has featured in several magazines, as well as in Carcanet’s anthology ‘New Poetries VI’. She is the co-editor of RAUM, a Glasgow-based international poetry magazine. She received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2016.

Craig Coyle
lives in Bonkle and works as a psychiatric nurse. He writes poems, and has published in various magazines, including Stand, Verse, Gutter. He continues to seek a publisher. Anyone? Czeslaw Milosz is his hero.

SAVE the DATE for the next Mirrorball on Thursday 31st May, with Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, Patrick James Errington, Elizabeth Rimmer and Jane Hartshorn.

Longley headlines

The next Mirrorball showcase, in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library, features Michael Longley reading alongside Rishi Dastidar, James McGonigal and Ciara MacLaverty. The event is on February 1st at 7pm in the cinema of the CCA, free to members, guests £7/£4 (*NOTE* change of room to cinema).

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin where he read Classics. He has published ten collections of poetry including Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and The Weather in Japan(2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007–2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.

Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, and also serves as a chair of the writer development organization Spread The Word. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018.

James McGonigal is a poet, editor and critic, Emeritus Professor of English in Education at the University of Glasgow, Chair of the Edwin Morgan Trust, and Morgan’s biographer. James McGonigal taught English for fourteen years in secondary schools before working in colleges, and until retirement as Professor of English in Education at the University of Glasgow. He has published poetry and prose for adults and children (in both English and Scots language), and co-edited several anthologies of contemporary writing in the New Writing Scotland series in the 1990s. His poetry has won literary prizes in Scotland and Ireland, including the Michael Marks Poetry Award for Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat Press, 2010). Red Squirrel Press published The Camphill Wren in 2016. A friend of Edwin Morgan, McGonigal is currently Chair of the Edwin Morgan Trust. Sandstone Press published his biography of Morgan, Beyond the Last Dragon, in 2010. He has also co-edited Morgan’s letters: The Midnight Letterbox: selected correspondence 1950-2010 was published by Carcanet Press in 2015. His most recent collection Turning Over in a Strange Bed (Mariscat Press) came out December 2017. 

Ciara MacLaverty is proud to be 49, European and living in Glasgow. Her poems have appeared in The Herald, The Scotsman and Gutter.  Her first pamphlet, Seats For Landing came out in 2005 and, from it, the poem, Peeled was chosen for Scottish Poem of the Year. Paul Durcan wrote of ‘First Kiss’ –  it’s a poem that should be in every anthology of Love Poetry. Ciara was a Clydebuilt Mentee in 2016 and went on to win a New Writers’ Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2017, culminating in the release of Past Love in The Museum of Transport from Tapsalteerie Press. The poems explore how past contentment is woven through us, becoming part of who we are, deepening with age and still enhancing life years on. Of the collection, mentor, Liz Lochhead says – The poems are light-but-deep, often funny, always generous, accessible, inclusive, deeply humane, celebrating small things that can say some very big things indeed.

Dunn in December

The next Mirrorball Showcase will feature readings by Douglas Dunn, David Kinloch, J L Williams and Matthew Griffiths. It will be held on December 7th, 7pm in the Clubroom of the CCA. Members free, guests £7/4.

Douglas Dunn was born in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, in 1942 and lived there until he married at the age of twenty-two. After working as a librarian in Scotland and Akron, Ohio, he studied English at Hull University, graduating in 1969. He then worked for eighteen months in the university library after which, in 1971, he became a freelance writer. In 1991 he was appointed Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. As well as ten collections of poetry, including Elegies (1985), The Year’s Afternoon, The Donkey’s Ears (both 2000), and New Selected Poems 1964-2000 (2003), Douglas Dunn has written several radio and television plays, including Ploughman’s Share and Scotsman by Moonlight. He has also edited various anthologies, including Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (2006). Douglas Dunn has won a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and has twice been awarded prizes by the Scottish Arts Council. In 1981 he was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for St Kilda’s Parliament. In January 1986 he was overall winner of the 1985 Whitbread Book of the Year Award for his collection Elegies.

The Noise of a Fly is the first collection from Douglas Dunn in sixteen years, and the first since he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013. It is a book brimming with warmth, mischief and a self-deprecating humour, as well as with a charming, ‘Larkinesque’ crankiness: a quarrel with ageing, an impatience with youth, the grievousness of losing friends and colleagues. But for all its intimate, hearthside rumination, this is a volume of poems that looks outward in equal measure: at Scottish independence, British politics and an international refugee crisis, and reflects unflinchingly on what it is to consider oneself a contributor to society. Penned with a dexterous wit and a steady nerve, The Noise of a Fly is a mesmeric imagining of our later years by one of this country’s most senior and celebrated writers.

‘It is hard to think of many poets who can equal his combination of imaginative ambition, formal resource and range of tone . . . Written on these terms, poetry is a matter of permanent urgency.’ Sean O’Brien

‘The most respected Scottish poet of his generation.’ Nicholas Wroe

David Kinloch was born and brought up in Glasgow. A graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford, he was a teacher of French for many years and is currently Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. His publications include Un Tour d’Ecosse, In My Father’s House and Finger of a Frenchman, all from Carcanet. He launches his next book, In Search of Dustie-Fute (Carcanet) in August 2017.In 2004 he was a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award. In 2006 he held a Scottish Writers’ Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council and in 2013 was awarded a Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Coucil for his poetry.

Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). A new collection exploring the fine line between abundance and apocalypse, After Economy, was published by Shearsman Books in May 2017. She is interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages, perspectives and cultures and in cross-form work, visual art, dance, opera and theatre.

Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into Romanian, Hungarian, Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, German, French and Greek and she has read at international poetry festivals in Scotland, Romania, Turkey, Cyprus and Canada. Williams wrote the libretto for a new opera, Snow, which premiered in London in Spring 2017, was Writer-in-Residence for the British Art Show 8 in Edinburgh with the artist Catherine Street and plays in the poetry and music band Opul.

Williams gives regular poetry readings and workshops and is on the Live Literature funded list of Scottish Book Trust Authors. She curates poetry events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets.

Born in Birmingham, living in London, Matthew Griffiths spent a spell in St Andrews and did a doctorate in Durham. His collection Natural Economy and pamphlet How to be Late are published by Red Squirrel, recent poems have appeared in The Dark Horse and The Tree Line, and his critical book The New Poetics of Climate Change came out from Bloomsbury Academic this summer. He’s also written Doctor Who short stories for Big Finish.

November Mirrorball

The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball is on the 16th November at 7pm, in the CCA and will feature: Pascale Petit, Claire Askew and Hamish Whyte. Free for members, guests £7 (£4 conc.) With such a great line-up we’re expecting this event to be busy, the venue has a limited capacity so please arrive early to guarantee entry.

Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), was a Poetry Book Society Choice and draws on her travels in the Amazon rainforest. Her sixth, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. In 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award.

Claire Askew‘s poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Edinburgh Review, PANK and the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best Scottish Poems anthology (2008, 2009, 2014, 2016). Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize.

Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived for many years before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has published several collections of poems, the latest being Hannah, Are You Listening? (HappenStance, 2014) and Things We Never Knew (Shoestring Press, 2016). He has also edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, including Mungo’s Tongues: Glasgow Poems 1630-1990, An Arran Anthology, Kin: Scottish Family Poems and, most recently, Scottish Cats (Birlinn, 2013). He runs Mariscat Press.

Unfortunately David Kinloch is no longer able to read at this event.