December poets

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Kathleen Jamie, Stewart Sanderson, Kathrine Sowerby and Alan Riach will be reading at the last Mirrorball poetry showcase of the year: 10th December 7pm in the CCA. Free to members or £5 on the door.

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland. she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. Awarded an Eric Gregory at nineteen, Jamie used the money to travel, especially in the Himalayas, something that’s significantly influenced both her poetry and prose. Her nine collections of poetry include The Queen of Sheba, Mr & Mrs Scotland are Dead, Jizzen, and The Tree House which between them have garnered three TS Eliot Award nominations, two Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prizes, and two Forward Poetry Prizes. She is currently lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. Her most recent collection The Bonniest Companie came out in 2015

Stewart Sanderson was born in Glasgow in 1990. In 2014 he was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Award for Scottish poets under thirty. In 2015 he received an Eric Gregory Award. His first pamphlet, Fios (pronounced ‘fiss’), was published in September 2015 by Tapsalteerie

Kathrine Sowerby has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art and an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University. She curates and makes fourfold and won a 2013 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. She is part of an ongoing Highlight Arts translation project working with poets from Lahore, Pakistan and her chapbooks include Unnecessarily Emphatic (Red Ceilings Press, 2015) and Margaret and Sunflower (dancing girl press, 2016). kathrinesowerby.com

Alan Riach (b.1957) Born in Lanarkshire, Professor of Scottish Literature, Glasgow University. Books include poetry: Homecoming (2009) and Wild Blue: Selected Poems (2014); and criticism: Hugh MacDiarmid’s Epic Poetry (1991), Representing Scotland (2005), and co-authored with Alexander Moffat, Arts of Resistance: Poets, Portraits and Landscapes of Modern Scotland (2008)