First Mirrorball of 2017
by St Mungo's Mirrorball
Sarah Howe, Cheryl Follon and Samuel Tongue will be the poets reading at the next Mirrorball on Thursday 9th February, 7pm in the CCA clubroom (members free, non-members welcome £5/3).
Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 & 4. Having previously held fellowships at Cambridge University and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, she is currently a Leverhulme Fellow at University College London.
Cheryl Follon‘s most recent collection Santiago, published by Bloodaxe Books, is made up of 85 short prose poems that delight in the thing itself. These are simple and communicative poems, looking at the world from new angles and in a surprising way and one that hopefully delights. Previous to this, she has published two collections, also with Bloodaxe Books. She teaches in a further education college in Glasgow and a good deal of her free time is spent travelling.
Samuel Tongue is a widely published poet and poetry editor of the Glasgow Review of Books. He grew up rural South Wales. He ventured briefly into ministerial training for the Anglican Church, before deciding to focus his PhD on poetic retellings of ‘Jacob wrestling the angel’, analysing biblical stories within contemporary culture. His poetry has been widely published in journals including Envoi, Magma and Gutter, and the anthologies Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry and Best British and Irish Poets 2016. He held the Callan Gordon Award as part of the Scottish New Writers Awards 2013, and teaches Bible, Literature, and Culture at the University of Glasgow
His first collection Hauling-Out has just been published by Eyewear.