Secret Stanzas

by St Mungo's Mirrorball

Mirrorball Showcase   Thursday 12th December   7pm CCA Clubroom Glasgow

Kei Miller will be headlining an event with support from Gerry Cambridge, Juana Adcock and Colin Campbell Robinson. This event will supported by the Scottish Poetry Library. Members free, Guests £7 (£4 conc.) There will also be a Secret Stanza event to raise money for Mirrrorball funds – see last blog post for details.

Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. His many books include the novel Augustown (W&N, 2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

Gerry Cambridge is a poet, critic, essayist and editor with substantial interests in print design and typography as well as a background in natural-history photography. His publications include: Notes for Lighting a Fire (HappenStance Press, 2012), shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s book of the year award 2013; Aves (Essence Press, 2007), prose poems about wild birds; Madame Fi Fi’s Farewell and Other Poems (Luath Press, 2003); and ‘Nothing But Heather!’: Scottish nature in poems, photographs and prose (Luath Press, 1999). Seamus Heaney wrote, of his long poem ‘Blue Sky, Green Grass’ (winner of the Calum Macdonald memorial award in 2004): ‘it’s a wonderful paean, and allows in so much that the usual poem keeps out — sheer, archaic joy: hymns to light, praise of the creatures, tales of the usual, names of the people and the places’. The TLS, reviewing Notes for Lighting a Fire, wrote: ‘[Cambridge’s] poetry has something of Robert Frost’s tone and seriousness, but rings with a deeply personal Scottish resonance all its own.’

Since 1994 Gerry has published and edited The Dark Horse, a twice-yearly transatlantic poetry magazine with an international reputation. He conducts poetry workshops with people of all ages throughout Scotland. His writing is informed by a lifetime interest in British nature, a subject he specialised in as one of the youngest ever regular freelancers (between 1983 and 1988) for the magazine Reader’s Digest, which then sold 1.5 million copies a month.

Juana Adcock is a poet, translator and performer who was born in Mexico and writes in both English and Spanish. In 2016 she was named one of the ‘Ten New Voices from Europe’ by Literature Across Frontiers, and she has performed at numerous festivals internationally. Her English language debut, Split came out in 2019. She lives in Glasgow.

Colin Campbell Robinson is an Australian artist who has settled on the Isle of Bute. Colin has had numerous pieces of writing and photography published in a wide variety of journals around the world. Most recently his work has appeared in Shearsman, BlazeVox 15 & 17, Glasgow Review of Books, Adjacent Pineapple, Ink Sweat and Tears, Molly Bloom and Empty Mirror. His book Blue Solitude was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in April 2018 and a second book, Footnotes from History, will be published soon. As well as his writing and photography Colin participates in a small, family based arts cooperative producing art installations, films and artist books. Their web site can be found at http://www.move-in-pictures.com/move-in-pictures-home . Colin also spent thirty years as a social research consultant producing many social justice statements for non-government organisations both in Britain and Australia. In Australia he was a major commentator on homelessness, mental health and poverty and his reports had a significant impact on public policy, whilst in Britain his work led to the establishment of the only residential service catering for homeless EU citizens in London.