St Mungo's Mirrorball

The Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers

Month: May, 2016

Mirrorball May finale


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.

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.

Words without borders

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Words without Borders: Three Poets, many voices.

The next Mirrorball event will be held on Thursday 12th May at 7pm in the CCA, clubroom

New York based poet Mark Weiss has published ten collections of poetry, including the recent As Luck Would Have It (Shearsman), as well as translations of Mexican and Cuban poets and has edited bilingual anthologies of the poetry of Baja California and of Cuban poetry since 1944.

Gerrie Fellows was the Scottish poet at this year’s International Poetry Festival of Granada, Nicaragua. This evening she reads from some of the poets featured during the festival and presents the work of three young Nicaraguan writers, newly translated into English by Juana Adcock. Gerrie’s most recent collection of poetry is The Body in Space (Shearsman).

Gerry Loose, award-winning writer and land artist, is the creator of poems on the page and off the page, in gardens, built environments and ungardened spaces. His recent books include An Oakwoods Almanac (Shearsman) and fault line (Vagabond Voices), a sequence which reinvents nature poetry for the twenty-first century.

Clydebuilt showcase

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St Mungos Mirrorball – Clydebuilt 8 showcase will be on Thursday 5th May at 7pm in the Club room at the CCA.

This year’s Clybebuilt mentor Gerry Cambridge showcases the work created by the group in the last year
Gerry Cambridge is a poet, essayist and editor, with a substantial interest in print design and typography as well as a background in natural history photography. His publications include Notes for Lighting a Fire (HappenStance Press, 2012), Since 1995 Gerry has published and edited The Dark Horse.

Henry Bell is a writer, editor, and events organiser based in Glasgow. He the managing editor of Gutter, Scotland’s magazine of new writing, and has edited a number of books including A Bird is Not a Stone, an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry in the languages of Scotland.

Duncan Stewart Muir undertook his MLitt in Creative Writing at The University of Glasgow, graduating with distinction in 2010. Duncan’s poetry has been published in Poetry Review, PN Review, New Writing Scotland, Blast Furnace and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights. He lives in Glasgow where he is at work on his first novel, Our Affliction, set in the Far Eastern borderlands between China and Russia.

Nalini Paul’s first poetry pamphlet, Skirlags, was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Award in 2010. She was George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow in Orkney, and has collaborated on projects and commissions for stage and film. Her current poetry book, The Raven’s Song, is inspired by raven-and-crow myths from Orkney, Shetland and Canada.

Gregor Addison teaches English at West College Scotland and lives in Scotstoun, Glasgow. His poetry has previously been published in Carcanet’s Oxford Poets 2013: An Anthology (EDITED BY Iain Galbraith and Robyn Marsack), as well as in Gairm, The Edinburgh Review, Chapman, New Writing Scotland, Gath, Causeway/Cabhsair, The Dark Horse and Gutter.