The next Mirrorball will showcase poets: Miriam Gamble , Hugh Macmillan, Lisa Fannen and Derek Parkes. Please note it will be on Wednesday 27th November, at 7pm in the CCA Clubroom.
Originally from Belfast, Miriam Gamble lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019), all published by Bloodaxe. She has been a mentor on the Clydebuilt and Ledbury Emerging Critics programmes and a judge on the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award and the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize.
Hugh Macmillan is a poet from Penpont in South West Scotland. His work has been published widely in Scotland and beyond, and he has won various prizes, most recently the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2017 for Sheep Penned, published by Roncadora; he won the same award in 2009 for Postcards from the Hedge. He has been a winner in the Smith/Doorstop Prize and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and has also been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and the Basil Bunting Award. He has had seven full poetry collections published, as well as numerous pamphlets. Not Actually Being in Dumfries: New and Selected poems was published by Luath Press in 2015.
Lisa Fannen writes, and shares words both solo and in collaboration with musicians. She launched a debut poetry collection, Faultline in November 2018 published by Active Distribution/Sto Citas, which includes snapshots, lyrics, journal notes and meditations. Her writing is political and personal (and an examination of where these territories meet), observational and contemplative. The poems travel through explorations of social inequality, police violations, street homelessness in the US, environmental disaster, as well as intimate experiences of queer sexuality, rites of passage and bereavement.
Born in London, Derek moved to Glasgow in 2003. He is a reformed short story writer who discovered a penchant for poetry after joining Donny O’Rourke’s writing class. He reads regularly at various poetry events in Glasgow and recently edited an anthology of the pupils of Donny O’Rourke, and performed a one-man show celebrating the life of Spike Milligan. He is a former director and chair of The Scottish Writers’ Centre. When he’s not working or writing poetry he is a keen birdwatcher. His first pamphlet is published by Red Squirrel Press.
The next Mirrorball after this will be on Thursday 12th December – save the date.