The final Mirrorball before the summer will feature four fine poets: Liz Berry, James McGonigal, Theresa Muñoz and Stephen Watt. The event is on Thursday 19th May at 7pm in the CCA clubroom. Members free or £5/£3 on the door.
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her debut collection Black Country (Chatto, 2014) was a PBS Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a poetry book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Morning Star and The Big Issue. www.lizberrypoetry.co.uk.
James McGonigal is a poet, editor and translator, born in Dumfries but resident in Glasgow for many years. His Beyond the Last Dragon: A Life of Edwin Morgan (Sandstone Press, 2010, 2012) was the Saltire Scottish Research Book of the Year, and he recently co-edited a Carcanet selection of Morgan’s correspondence 1950-2010, called The Midnight Letterbox. His Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat Press, 2010) won the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Award. The Camphill Wren is his first full collection, from Red Squirrel Press.
Theresa Muñoz was born in Vancouver, Canada to Filipino parents and now makes her home in Edinburgh. She has won a British Columbia Arts Council Award and has been a prizewinner in the McClellan and Troubadour poetry competitions. She wrote her PhD thesis on the work of Tom Leonard at the University of Glasgow. She is the online editor for the Scottish Review of Books and a regular contributor to the Herald’s book pages. Her poetry pamphlet Close was published by HappenStance Press in 2012. Her poem ‘Be the First to Like This’ gave a collection of young Scottish poets (published by Vagabond Poets) its title. In April 2016, Vagabond Poets published her debut collection Settle.
Stephen Watt is a poet and performer from Dumbarton whose debut collection of poetry “Spit” was published in 2012 by Bonacia Ltd. Stephen has won slams across the UK including Poetry Rivals and the StAnza Digital Poetry Slam, as well as performing in festivals in Dumfries, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Galway. A new pamphlet collection “Optograms” was published by Wild Word Press in February 2016, and collaborative projects with Different Circle Records and the 10 Writers Telling Lies are earmarked for later this year.