The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball event, featuring Zaffar Kunial, Richie McCaffrey and Sam Tongue, will be on Wednesday 28th November at 7pm in the CCA clubroom. This event is supported by the Scottish Poetry Library,
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in West Yorkshire. His debut poetry collection ‘Us’ was published by Faber & Faber in 2018 and has just been shortlisted for TS Eliot award. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’.
Richie McCaffery hails from Warkworth, Northumberland and is busy working on an edited collection of essays reappraising the work of Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith for publication by Brill / Rodopi as well as a selected edition of Joan Ure’s poems for Brae Editions. He has two poetry pamphlets (Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press and Ballast Flint from Cromarty Arts Trust, which was runner-up in the 2014 Callum Macdonald Pamphlet Award) to his name.. In 2014 his published his first full collection of poems, Cairn from Nine Arches Press. His second collection, entitled Passport came out on Nine Arches Press in July 2018.
Samuel Tongue’s first pamphlet collection was Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and his second, stitch, is out now with Tapsalteerie. Poems have featured in publications such anthologies such as Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, and the SPL’s Best Scottish Poems Anthology, 2016. Samuel held the Callan Gordon Award as part of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards 2013. He is currently co-editor (with Susie Maguire) of New Writing Scotland and Project Co-ordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library.