Mirrorball will hold two events in May the first showcase, detailed below, is on Thursday 4th May at 7pm in the Clubroom of the CCA. Details of the Mirrorball event on 28th May, with the Clydebuilt 9 mentees and headliner poet Kerry Hardie, be posted soon.
Showcase 1 on May 4th will host Polly Atkins reading from her first collection of poetry, a posthumously published new collection of poems by Elizabeth Burns read by editors Gerrie Fellows and Jane Routh, Alan Riach reading from his recently published sixth book of poems, and Magi Gibson launching a new collection. It should be great night.
Polly Atkin grew up in Nottingham, then lived in East London for seven years before moving to Cumbria. Her debut poetry pamphlet bone song (Clitheroe: Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, 2009. Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012, and was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year, 2014. An extract from her 2017 first collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was awarded New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize
Elizabeth Burns, a gifted and visionary poet, published four collections of poems, most recently Held (Polygon 2010) before her death in 2015. Her many pamphlets include The Shortest Days which won the inaugural Michael Marks Award and Clay, shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes and Callum Macdonald Awards. Lightkeepers is a new collection, published by Wayleave Press, which brings together poems written during the last years of Elizabeth’s life. Gerrie Fellows who edited the book along with Jane Routh, will be reading from the collection.
Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, and Convener of the Saltire Society He is the author of numerous books and articles. He has recently published highly-acclaimed English-language versions of the great 18th-century Gaelic poems, Duncan Ban MacIntyre’s Praise of Ben Dorain and Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair’s The Birlinn of Clan Ranald and edited The International Companion to Edwin Morgan (2015) His sixth book of poems The Winter Book: New Poems, has just been launched.
Magi Gibson’s newest collection, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks will be published in April 2017 by Luath. Previous collections include Chapman’s best-selling Wild Women of a Certain Age. Her poems have appeared in Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate), Scottish Love Poems (Canongate), The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry, (EUP), New Writing Scotland (ASLS) and many anthologies and magazines as well as The Scotsman and The Herald.