St Mungo's Mirrorball

The Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers

Apply for Clydebuilt 12

Clydebuilt is an innovative mentoring programme in which promising poets are paired with an experienced mentor for a period of 12 months. The programme has been running for 10 years; the earlier groups named themselves after a Clydebuilt vessel. Applications for Clydebuilt 12 are now open; see Clydebuilt page for more details.


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.’

Next Mirrorball

Save the date for the next Mirrorball on Thursday May 2nd at 7pm in the CCA. Details of the line up to follow soon.

February Mirrorball

The next Mirrorball will be on Thursday 7th February in the CCA, with three poets: Ross Wilson, Gerrie Fellows and Vahni Capildeo. Entry is free to members, guests £7/£4conc.

Vahni Capildeo’s sixth full-length book of poems and tenth publication is Venus as a Bear (Carcanet, 2018), shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prizes Best Collection award. Capildeo’s current projects include traditional masquerade, a seventh book, Skin Can Hold, and an intersemiotic collaboration with Chris McCabe.

Gerrie Fellows reads from Uncommon Place, a new collection of poems from Shearsman, in which she explores the relationship of the walker with the shifting nature of the place through which she walks. Rooted in Scotland’s mountains and open spaces, its fenced enclosures and mined ground, Uncommon Place develops from earlier books what one writer has called ‘the most intelligent debate between technology and nature in poetry that I know.’ Gerrie’s five collections include The Body in Space and Window for a Small Blue Child. She lives in Glasgow and mentored a number of the Clydebuilt poets.

Ross Wilson’s first full collection is published by Smokestack Books. He comes fae Kelty in Fife and lives in Condorrat, North Lanarkshire, with his partner and daughter. He works full time as an Auxiliary Nurse in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.


December Mirrorball

The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball Showcase is on Thursday 13th December at 7pm in the cinema of the CCA, Glasgow. This will include a reading by three poets: Colette Bryce, Kathrine Sowerby and Stewart Sanderson. The event is free to members, guests £7/4conc.

Colette Bryce is an Irish poet, currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her latest collection, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which draws on her experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, was awarded a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems (Picador, 2017), drawing on all her books, received the Pigott Prize for Poetry 2018. Colette is a freelance writer, and former poetry editor of the journal Poetry London. She held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University in spring 2018.

Kathrine Sowerby is a writer living in Glasgow. Her poems and stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies and she has taken part in translation projects in Pakistan and Latvia. She has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and she won a 2013 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. She often collaborates with artist/writer Tessa Berring. Her chapbooks Unnecessarily Empatic and Tired Blue Mountain are published by Red Ceilings Press, her collection that bird loved by Hesterglock Press. Both her stories The Spit, the Sound and the Nest and her new book of poetry House However are published by Vagabond Voices.  

Stewart Sanderson   “Stewart Sanderson is a poet from Glasgow. His writing has been recognised by a number of prizes and awards, notably a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and an Eric Gregory Award for his first pamphlet, Fios. His new pamphlet, An Offering, is [fingers crossed!] out now with Tapsalteerie.


November Mirrorball


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.

November Mirrorball

The next St Mungo’s Mirrorball event will be on the 1st november at 7pm; the venue is still to be confirmed (details will be posted here & emailed around to members nearer the time). Members free, guests £7/£4

Mária Ferenčuhová lectures history and theory of documentary at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, translates prose and poetry from French and is the author of four poetry books: Skryté titulky (2003), Princíp neistoty (2008), Ohrozený druh (2012) and Imunita (2016). Her poetry was translated into several languages (French, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Macedonian…) and her last book Imunita will be published in Ukrainian, Serbian, Slovenian and French.


James Sutherland-Smith was born in 1948 lives in Slovakia. He has published seven collections of his own poetry, the most recent being “The River and the Black Cat”, from Shearsman Books in 2018. He has translated a number of Slovak poets and Serbian poets including Mila Haugová, Ivana Milankov and Miodrag Pavlović. For his translation work he received the Slovak Hviezdoslav Prize in 2003 and the Serbian Zlatko Krasni Prize in 2014. “Mouth”, his sixth collection,  received the Rector’s Prize at Prešov University in 2015. A selection of his translations of Mária Ferenčuhová’s poetry, “Tidal Events,” has  also been published by Shearsman Books in 2018.


A C Clarke is a poet living in Glasgow who has won a number of prizes over the years and been widely published in anthologies and magazines. She has collaborated with Sheila Templeton and Maggie Rabatski on poems in English, Scots and Gaelic, resulting in a pamphlet Owersettin published by Tapsalteerie in 2016. This collaboration is ongoing.  Her fifth full collection, A Troubling Woman (Oversteps Books), centred on the Medieval visionary Margery Kempe, came out in 2017. She was one of four joint winners in the Cinnamon Press 2017 poetry pamphlet competition with War Baby, which was published in January 2018. She is currently working on a harebrained scheme to translate all of Paul Éluard’s poems (at least 1000) before she dies and on an ever-expanding series of poems about his first wife Gala and the surrealist circle.


Irene Hossack’s poetry has been published internationally over the years, most recently ‘Mellifluous’ appeared in Envoi 178. Her collection North of All Borders was published by Stupor Mundi Books in May 2018 and is available on Amazon. She teaches Creative Writing and Applied Linguistics at the Open University.


National Poetry Day

St. Mungo’s Mirrorball will be marking National Poetry Day on 4th October with an event celebrating the anniversary of two poets W. S. Graham and Guillaume Apollinaire. There will be readings from both poets by Mirrorball members. This free event will be held in the library at the Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH – 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.

William Sydney Graham was born in Greenock in 1918, the same month as Apollinaire died in Paris. He would spend most of his adult life in Cornwall and became closely associated with the artist’s colony in St. Ives. Graham’s poems explore the possibilities of language.

Guillaume Apollinaire also pushed the boundaries of what poetry can be. In Paris he befriended many avant-garde artists including Matisse, Picasso, de Chirico and Duchamp. His brief career influenced the development of such artistic movements as Futurism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism.


May Mirrorball

The next Mirrorball will showcase five poets: Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, Patrick James Errington, Elizabeth Rimmer and Jane Hartshorn, on Thursday 31st May, in the CCA Clubroom at 7pm; members free, guests £7/£4.

Oli Hazzard’s’s first collection of poems, Between Two Windows (Carcanet, 2012), won the English Association’s Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and was a book of the year in the Guardian, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. His second collection, Blotter (Carcanet), and a study of John Ashbery’s poetry, The Minor Eras: John Ashbery and Post-War English Poetry (Oxford University Press), will be published in 2018.

Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online arts quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her first poetry collection, Who Is Mary Sue?, was published by Faber & Faber in February 2018. She is currently Assistant Professor of Poetry at Durham University.

Poems by Patrick James Errington have won numerous prizes, including the Wigtown Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, The Flambard Prize, and the National Poetry Competition, and appear regularly in journals and anthologies like Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Oxford Poetry, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, and Copper Nickel. In 2017, his French translation of PJ Harvey’s poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand, was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme, and just this year his own chapbook, Glean, was released by ignitionpress. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Patrick is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA programme and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of St Andrews.

Elizabeth Rimmer has published three collections of poetry with Red Squirrel Press, Wherever We Live Now, (2011), The Territory of Rain, (2015), and Haggards in 2018.She has always taken an interest in herbs and how we use them as symbols for the values we cherish, and produced a modern translation of the Old English Charm of Nine Herbs in 2017. She has edited two poetry collections for Red Squirrel Press, and the most recent anthology of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) Landfall. She is a council member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.  Her website is

Jane Hartshorn has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Kent. In 2017, her first pamphlet tract was published by Litmus Publishing. She has had poems published in MAP MagazineRaumGnommero, Glasgow University’s From Glasgow to Saturn, and Poetry Scotland’s The Open Mouse.

Clydebuilt 10 Showcase


The next Mirrorball will be the Clydebuilt 10 Showcase on Thursday 3rd May at 7pm in the CCA clubroom, featuring mentor Gerry Loose and mentees: Lindsey Shields Waters, Ross Wilson, Molly Vogel and Craig Coyle.


Gerry Loose

The poetry of Gerry Loose is found inscribed in Parks, Botanic Gardens and natural landscapes as well as hospitals, galleries and on the page. Recent publications include Printed on Water, New and Selected Poems (Shearsman); that person himself (Shearsman); fault line (Vagabond Voices); An Oakwoods Almanac (Shearsman).  Forthcoming from Vagabond Voices: night exposures.

Lindsey Shields Waters works as a solicitor at the University of Strathclyde and lives in Glasgow with her family. On completing an MLitt at Glasgow University in 2016, she put aside a half written espionage novel to concentrate on poetry instead and has not looked back. She was a Clydebuilt poetry mentee for 2016/17 and her poems have been published in Lighthouse Literary Journal (Issues 12, 14 and 17); Magma Poetry (Issue 69); RAUM Poetry (Issue 4); the W.S. Graham Centenary Anthology: The Caught Habits of Language and Glasgow Review of Books. She has lived and worked in Washington DC, Bavaria and Leiden and is currently working on her first pamphlet collection.

Ross Wilson
was raised in Kelty, a former mining village in West Fife. His first pamphlet collection, The Heavy Bag, was published by Calder Wood Press in 2011. In 2013 he was credited as a writer on The Happy Lands, an acclaimed award winning feature film in which he had an acting role. His first full collection of poetry will be published by Smokestack Books in December, 2018. He works full time as an Auxiliary Nurse in Glasgow.


Molly Vogel is a poet from Los Angeles, California. She moved to Glasgow in 2011 to pursue a Masters degree at the University, and has since received a doctorate. Her poetry has featured in several magazines, as well as in Carcanet’s anthology ‘New Poetries VI’. She is the co-editor of RAUM, a Glasgow-based international poetry magazine. She received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2016.

Craig Coyle
lives in Bonkle and works as a psychiatric nurse. He writes poems, and has published in various magazines, including Stand, Verse, Gutter. He continues to seek a publisher. Anyone? Czeslaw Milosz is his hero.

SAVE the DATE for the next Mirrorball on Thursday 31st May, with Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, Patrick James Errington, Elizabeth Rimmer and Jane Hartshorn.