St Mungo's Mirrorball

The Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers

Month: September, 2014

Poetry in times of War

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Thursday 2nd October 7pm

An evening focussing on poetry during a time of war. Poets Alexander Hutchison and Lesley Duncan will talk about the lives of poets David Jones and Charles Hamilton Sorley. There will also be readings from a number of local poets on the theme of war.

Alexander Hutchison will be discussing the poetry of David Jones. Hutchison is a poet and translator who writes in English and Scots. This year he has travelled to the Czech Republic and Shetland with his poems, and was booked for both StAnza and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Along with pamphlet Tardigrade (Perjink, 2013) his most recent collection is Bones and Breath (Salt, 2013).

David Jones (1895-1974) was one of the great artists and poets of the 20th Century. Jones’s work In Parenthesis, recreates his experiences as an ordinary soldier caught up in the trench warfare of WW1, was called ‘a work of genius’ by T.S. Eliot.

Lesley Duncan will be discussing the poetry of Charles Hamilton Sorley. Duncan is Poetry Editor of The Herald newspaper and has co-edited various volumes of poetry, most notably The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (2005) with Maurice Lindsay, and The Smeddum Test, 21st Century Poetry in Scots (2013) with Professor Alan Riach. Her own collection, Images Not Icons, was published in 2010. She has also written poetry pamphlets and her work has appeared in various anthologies and online. Earlier this year she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

Charles Hamilton Sorley was one of the First World War’s notable lost poets. His sonnet “When you see millions of the mouthless dead/Across your dreams in pale battalions go… “ is one of the bleakest major poems to emerge from the war, but the precocious and engaging young Scotsman (he was killed at Loos in 1915 when barely 20) also left behind other work of real merit.

CCA Clubroom, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD.

Ticket prices : £5 on the door, Mirrorball members free.


Next Generation Poets

Next Generation Poets 2014

Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival and St Mungo’s Mirrorball are delighted to announce this free evening of new poetry presented by The Poetry Book Society. The event is part of a national tour celebrating the newly announced Next Generation Poets 2014 list. This accolade is awarded by The Poetry Book Society just once every ten years to 20 of the country’s most exciting new poets who have published their first volume of poems in the last decade.

The Glasgow leg of the tour features Shetland-based Jen Hadfield, who won the highly regarded TS Eliot Prize in 2008, and Sam Willetts, whose remarkable journey has taken him from heroin addiction and homelessness to the publication of his first volume of poetry to universal acclaim.

The event also includes Don Paterson, from the 1994 Generation. Don is an Aye Write! regular and one of Scotland’s best known poets, and has been awarded both an OBE the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. The programme is completed by Glaswegian poet, writer and blogger McGuire.

This Next Generation Poets 2014 event will take place in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, in the Jeffrey Room. Places are free but should be booked in advance by phoning 0141 287 2951 or emailing