An evening of excellent poetry showcasing the best of Scottish writing alongside the best of the commonwealth. Niall Campbell a rising star in the Scottish scene will be reading alongside prize winning Nigerian poet Tolu Ogunlesi. Contributions too from local poets Mary Thomson and Mary McDonough-Clark.
Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He received an Eric Gregory Award (2011) and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship(2011). Niall also won the Poetry London Competition in 2013. His first pamphlet, After the Creel Fleet, was released in 2012 by Happenstance Press.Moontide, his first collection, is published by Bloodaxe and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Tolu Ogunlesi was born in 1982. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the geckos singing from a balcony (Bewrite Books, 2004) and a novella,Conquest & Conviviality (Hodder Murray, 2008). In 2007 he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize, in 2008 the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship, and in 2009 a Cadbury Visiting Fellowship by the University of Birmingham. His fiction and poetry have been published in The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Litro, Brand, Orbis, Nano2ales, Stimulus Respond, Sable, Magma, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria and is currently in Scotland
as part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United programme.
Mary Thomson was born in Cheshire she spent her childhood on a farm and her working life in Yorkshire as a curator, art critic and writer. Inspired by her first year of living in that part of Glasgow,East End is the most recent of the four pamphlets she has published and the second to be short listed for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for pamphlet poetry.
Mary McDonough-Clark is a writer, editor, therapist, and communication consultant. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. She has been writing poetry since age 7, and telling stories for even longer.