by St Mungo's Mirrorball
J O Morgan headlines the next Mirrorball showcase on 27th October at 7pm in the CCA, free to members (£5/3 on the door). Marion McCready, Vicki Husband and Em Strang will also be reading from their new/forthcoming collections.
Jo Morgan lives on a small farm in Scotland. His works are each singular book-length poems, more in the epic tradition than the lyric, though utilising elements of both.
These include a biographical sketch of a wild Hebridean childhood in which a boy chooses to take his education not from the schoolhouse but from his relationship with
the land; and a re-telling of The Battle of Maldon, which uses the old Anglo-Saxon poem of that name as a source of raw information rather than as a template.
Last year saw the publication of In Casting Off, a “poem-novella” set in a remote fishing community. More recently still, this year saw the publication of Interference
Pattern: “a collage of voices” where the many small narrative elements coincide and overlap. The book was chosen as The Observer’s Poetry Book of the Month for this
February and was described in their review as “bracingly original poetry that addresses everything from bullies to the big bang”.
Marion McCready lives in Argyll. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award (2013) and the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013). Her debut poetry collection, Tree
Language, was published by Eyewear Publishing (2014). Her next collection, Madame Ecosse, is due to be published Autumn 2016 also by Eyewear Publishing.
Vicki Husband’s first collection of poetry This Far Back Everything Shimmers was published by Vagabond Voices in 2016. Vicki’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines, included in an anthology of new Scottish poetry Be The First To Like This, and won prizes in The Mslexia Poetry Competition, the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize and The Pighog / Poetry School Pamphlet Prize. Recently Vicki collaborated with poets from Pakistan in a project run by Highlight Arts, creating versions of Urdu poems in English, culminating in readings at The Alchemy Festival 2015 in London, and a publication launched at The Lahore Literature Festival 2016.
Em Strang is a poet, Dark Mountain editor and prison tutor. Her writing preoccupations are with ‘nature’, spirituality and the relationship between the human and
nonhuman. Her illustrated pamphlet, Stone, was published in March 2016 by Atlantic Press with all proceeds going to Scottish charity, Trees For Life. Bird-Woman, her
first full collection, was published by Shearsman in early October 2016.