St Mungo's Mirrorball

The Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers

Month: April, 2015

Five poets

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The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball will showcase no less than 5 poets with new collections – an amazing evening in store with Stephanie Green, Ian McDonough, William Bonar, Eveline Pye and Lindy Barbour. This event will be held on Thursday 28th May at 7pm in the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Stephanie Green has an MPhil in Creative Writing from Glasgow University (2004) where she was tutored by Liz Lochead. Her pamphlet Glass Works (Cat’s Pyjamas Publications, 2005), was short listed for the Callum Macdonald Award. Later she was mentored by Jen Hadfield whilst writing her new pamphlet ‘Flout’ (HappenStance, 2015), inspired by the Shetland landscape, folklore and culture and which launched earlier this year to a sell-out event at Stanza.

Ian McDonough was born and brought up in Brora on the East Coast of Sutherland. His poem sequence A Rising Fever was published in pamphlet form by Kettilonia in 2000. His first play 51 Pegasus toured Scotland in 2003 and around the same time his first full-length poetry collection Clan MacHine, published by Chapman, was shortlisted for Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year. His latest collection A Witch Among The Gooseberries came out on Mariscat recently.

William Bonar gained a distinction on the MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University in 2008. He was a participant on the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme (2009-10) under the tutelage of Liz Lochhead, His poem, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg Quintet, was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s online anthology Best Scottish Poems of 2012 and he was shortlisted for a New Writers Award in 2015. He is the recipient of the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Prize for 2014 and his winning manuscript, entitled Offering, was published by Red Squirrel Press in April 2015.

Eveline Pye was born in Glasgow and studied Statistics at Glasgow University. She worked as an Operational Research Analyst in the Zambian Copper Industry from 1975 to 1983. She was selected for the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme in 2009. Her poetry was showcased in Northlight, an anthology of the Clydebuilt 3 mentees mentored by Liz Lochhead and she read at Stanza in 2012. She is the only poet ever to have published in Significance, the joint magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. summer.

Lindy Barbour was born in Orkney and brought up in North East Fife. She now lives in rural Lanarkshire and is a psychodynamic counsellor, teaching Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. She began to write poetry in a series of workshops held by Liz Lochhead at Glasgow School of Art.

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Clydebuilt 7 Showcase

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The Clydebuilt 7 Showcase will be at the CCA on May 7th at 7pm

Gerrie Fellows was the mentor for Clydebuilt 7, having previously mentored the first group of Clydebuilt poets. Her most recent collection is The Body in Space, published by Shearsman in 2014. Her menthes were: Julie Smith, Kay Ritchie, Jane Bonnyman and Colin Begg.

Julie Smith has had poetry published in a number of literary magazines including Causeway/ Cabhsair, Southwords and New Writing Scotland. Her novel ‘Mum and William Wordsworth,’ was long listed for the Mslexia First Novel Competition in 2013.

Kay Ritchie grew up in Glasgow and Edinburgh, lived in London, Spain and Portugal and worked as a freelance photographer and radio producer. Recently she is published in Tracks in the Sand, Shorelines, the Glad Rag, Black Middens, Treasures, Making Waves, Gutter and A Star in the Hand.

Jane Bonnyman is an English teacher and tutor and is currently based in Edinburgh. She writes teaching resources for the Scottish Poetry Library and the BBC. She has been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, Poetry Scotland and has been placed in several poetry competitions.

Colin Begg’s poetry has been published widely in, amongst others, Poetry Scotland and New Writing Scotland, He won the Basil Bunting Poetry Award in 2013 and was also awarded a Hawthornden Writing Fellowship. Colin is co-founder and co-editor of Gutter.

The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball event will be on 28th May 2015