National Poetry Day
by St Mungo's Mirrorball
National Poetry Day – Thursday 3rd October 2019
St Mungo’s Mirrorball Celebration of Chapbooks and Hamish Henderson
Moir Dyer Room, Mitchell Library, North Street 6.00pm-7.30pm
This year for National Poetry Day, St Mungo’s Mirrorball will be celebrating the writing and publishing of poetry pamphlets and the life and work of the great folklorist and poet Hamish Henderson whose centenary it is.
We are delighted to announce that Sheila Wakefield, Poetry Editor and Proprietor of Red Squirrel Press will join us to say something about the business and process of poetry pamphlet publishing. Sheila will also read from some of Red Squirrel’s most recent pamphlets and have copies available for sale.
The main business of the evening is the celebration of chapbooks written by St Mungo’s Mirrorball members. There will be a table of pamphlets on display, and a selection of readings from these. There will be time at the end of the evening to swap, buy and order copies of pamphlets from each other.
There will also be a short reading from Hamish Henderson’s Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica. Henderson (1919-2002) was born in Blairgowrie, the illegitimate son of a domestic servant. He himself believed his father was an aristocrat and he was certainly looked after in terms of his education attending Dulwich College in London and Cambridge University. He became a young intelligence officer in the North African and Italian campaigns in the Second World War. His Elegies is his response to the carnage he witnessed in North Africa and honours the dead of both sides in a manner that refuses the usual jingoistic, heroic tropes. Henderson was an Internationalist and Socialist throughout his life and wrote both The Ballad of John McLean and Scotland’s great unofficial international anthem Come all ye at Hame wi Freedom.