St Mungo's Mirrorball

The Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers

Month: September, 2017

Szirtes headlines 100th Mirrorball

George Szirtes will headline the 100th St. Mungo’s Mirrorball event with a poetry reading followed by an interview with Robyn Marsack. This will be supported by the launch of, and readings from, Honest Error – an anthology of poems inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. And we’ll be celebrating our 100th meeting by reading a poem for Alexander Hutchison. The event is on Thursday 12th October at 7pm in the Clubroom,  CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Entry £7 / £4 conc. / free for members. There will be an opportunity for members to meet from 6.15pm to share their highlights from past events.

George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948, and came to England with his family after the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. He was educated in England, training as a painter, and has always written in English. In recent years he has worked as a translator of Hungarian literature, producing editions of such writers as Otto Orban, Zsuzsa Rakovszky and Agnes Nemes Nagy. He co-edited Bloodaxe’s Hungarian anthology The Colonnade of Teeth. His Bloodaxe poetry books are The Budapest File (2000); An English Apocalypse (2001); Reel (2004), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; New & Collected Poems (2008) and The Burning of the Books and other poems (2009), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009. Bad Machine (2013) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2013. His latest collection, Mapping the Delta, Bloodaxe Books, 2016), is a Poetry Book Society Choice. Bloodaxe has also published John Sears’ critical study Reading George Szirtes (2008). Szirtes lives in Norfolk and is a freelance writer, having retired from teaching at the University of East Anglia.

Mirrorball member and Clydebuilt mentee Gillean McDougall devised the ‘Honest Error’ project while a student on the MLitt Creative Writing programme at The University of Glasgow. More than 30 writers contributed to a workshop and website, culminating in the first of five annual anthologies. For 2017, new writing was inspired by Glasgow architect and icon Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A selection of contributors will read from their work and the Honest Error anthology will be available to buy.



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National Poetry Day


On National Poetry Day – Thursday 28th September 2017 – St Mungo’s Mirrorball will host a Celebration of Russian Poets

The theme of National Poetry Day 2017 is ‘Freedom’. In response, Mirrorball is showcasing the lives and work of Russian poets. These include Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Anna Akhmatova, Irina Ratushinskaya, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelstam and Boris Pasternak. The readers will be Valerie Thornton, Dai Vaughan, Alan McGlas, Stephanie Green, Robyn Marsack, James McGonigal and former Scottish Makar, Liz Lochhead.

Come along for what should be an entertaining early evening event.

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