May Mirrorball

The next Mirrorball will feature Niall Campbell, Roseanne Watt, Martin Cathcart Froden and Heather Valencia introducing and reading the poetry of Avrom Sutzkever. This event will be on Thursday May 2nd in the CCA clubroom at 7pm; St.Mungo’s Mirrorball AGM will be held prior to the event at 5.45pm.

Niall Campbell is a poet originally from South Uist, one of the Western Isles. Moontide, his first collection, was named inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and Saltire First Book of the Year. Moontide was also shortlisted for The Forward and The Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prizes. His second collection, Noctuary, is published by Bloodaxe Books in Spring 2019.

Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Shetland. Roseanne was the winner of the 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Her first collection, Moder Dy, will be published by Polygon in May 2019.

Heather Valencia will deliver a short talk introduces the life and poetry of one of the greatest Yiddish writers of the twentieth century, Avrom Sutzkever(1913-2010), whose work spans his early childhood in Siberia, his youth in Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania, the catastrophe of the Holocaust and his later life in Israel. The session includes readings of some poems from the recently published bilingual edition:  Avrom Sutzkever: Still my Word Sings. Poems. Yiddish and English. (Düsseldorf University Press, 2017).

 Heather Valencia was a lecturer in German language and literature at the University of Stirling. She began studying Yiddish in the 1980s, wrote her doctoral thesis on the poetry of Avrom Sutzkever, and has published widely on Sutzkever and other writers,  as well as translating modern Yiddish literature.  She has a regular Yiddish class in Edinburgh.

Martin Cathcart Froden is originally from Sweden and has lived in Canada, Israel, Argentina, and London. He is the winner of the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize with ‘Devil take the Hindmost’ as well as the 2013 BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition with ‘The Underwater Cathedral’. He was the 2017-18 National Trust for Scotland Poet-in-Residence, and the result is the collection ‘Light and Other Observations’. Martin has recently submitted his PhD in Creative Writing, Criminology and Architecture. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children.’