St Mungo's Mirrorball

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Tom Leonard headlines

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The next Mirrorball will feature Tom Leonard reading alongside Tariq Latif, Nuala Watt and A C Clarke. The readings will be on Thursday 11th February at 7pm in the clubroom at the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Tom Leonard (born 1944) is a Scottish poet, writer and critic. He is best known for his poems written in the Glaswegian dialect of Scots, particularly his Six Glasgow Poems and The Six O’Clock News. His work frequently deals with the relationship between language, class and culture. In 1984, he released Intimate Voices, a selection of his work from 1965 onwards including poems and essays on William Carlos Williams and “the nature of hierarchical diction in Britain.” It shared the award for Scottish Book of the Year and was banned from Central Region school libraries.
Tariq Latif was born in Lahore and raised on farm till the age of eight when his family moved to Manchester. He graduated from Sheffield University in 1984 and moved to Dunoon 12 years ago for the love of the Highlands. He has had 3 collections published by Arc: Skimming the Soul (1991)/ The Minister’s Garden (1996) and The Punjabi Weddings (2007). His pamphlet entitled Smithereens was published this year also by Arc.
Nuala Watt was born in Glasgow in 1984. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow on the role of partial sight in poetics. She is a member of the Clydebuilt poetry mentoring scheme. Her poems have appeared in Magma and Gutter as well as on BBC Radio 3 and in the webzine Jacket2. Poems also recently appeared in Be The First To Like Thi,s an anthology of new Scottish poetry. Her pamphlet Dialogue On The Dark is due from Calder Wood Press in December 2015. Poems are available at www.jacket2/content/nuala-watt
A C Clarke lives in Glasgow. Fr Meslier’s Confession (Oversteps Books 2012) was listed with a brief review in the Poetry Book Society magazine. Her pamphlet A Natural Curiosity (New Voices Press 2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. She was one of 17 poets commissioned to write a poem for the Mirrorball Commonwealth Poetry Anthology The Laws of the Game and was longlisted for this year’s National Poetry Competition. In The Margin (Cinnamon Press 2015) is her fourth full collection.

December poets

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Kathleen Jamie, Stewart Sanderson, Kathrine Sowerby and Alan Riach will be reading at the last Mirrorball poetry showcase of the year: 10th December 7pm in the CCA. Free to members or £5 on the door.

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland. she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. Awarded an Eric Gregory at nineteen, Jamie used the money to travel, especially in the Himalayas, something that’s significantly influenced both her poetry and prose. Her nine collections of poetry include The Queen of Sheba, Mr & Mrs Scotland are Dead, Jizzen, and The Tree House which between them have garnered three TS Eliot Award nominations, two Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prizes, and two Forward Poetry Prizes. She is currently lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. Her most recent collection The Bonniest Companie came out in 2015

Stewart Sanderson was born in Glasgow in 1990. In 2014 he was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Award for Scottish poets under thirty. In 2015 he received an Eric Gregory Award. His first pamphlet, Fios (pronounced ‘fiss’), was published in September 2015 by Tapsalteerie

Kathrine Sowerby has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art and an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University. She curates and makes fourfold and won a 2013 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. She is part of an ongoing Highlight Arts translation project working with poets from Lahore, Pakistan and her chapbooks include Unnecessarily Emphatic (Red Ceilings Press, 2015) and Margaret and Sunflower (dancing girl press, 2016).

Alan Riach (b.1957) Born in Lanarkshire, Professor of Scottish Literature, Glasgow University. Books include poetry: Homecoming (2009) and Wild Blue: Selected Poems (2014); and criticism: Hugh MacDiarmid’s Epic Poetry (1991), Representing Scotland (2005), and co-authored with Alexander Moffat, Arts of Resistance: Poets, Portraits and Landscapes of Modern Scotland (2008)


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Five poets will read for us at the next Mirrorball night on 29th October: Jonathan Edwards, Martin Malone, Mark Russell, Anne Stokes and Ann Rawson.

Jonathan Edwards’s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren) won the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His poems have won prizes in competitions including the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award, and have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review and The North. He works as a teacher.

“Joyful and dynamic – a collection that’ll make you laugh and make you think” – Costa Poetry Book Award Judges

Martin Malone

Born in County Durham, Martin Malone now lives in Scotland. He has published two poetry collections: The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011) and Cur (Shoestring, 2015). An Honorary Research Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University, he is currently studying for a Ph.D in poetry at Sheffield University. He edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal.

Mark Russell has published two pamphlets, Saturday Morning Pictures (Red Ceilings Press, 2015), and Pursued by Well-being (tall-lighthouse, 2013). His poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Rialto, Under the Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Tears in the Fence, The Frogmore Papers, Poetry Salzburg Review, Gutter, Bare Fiction, Molly Bloom, Shadowtrain, Otoliths, and fourfold.

Anne Stokes, who lectures in translation at the University of Stirling, is a translator of literary and academic works and writes about German literature. She will be reading prize winning  recent translations of poetry by Sarah Kirsch

the acclaimed former East German writer who died in 2013. Sarah Kirsch is a poet of rare power and invention,  Elaine Feinstein

Ann Rawson’s First pamphlet: “Chasing Winter Dragons” (2014). Short-listed for the Callum Macdonald Award (2015). She has also been short-listed for the James Kirkup Competition (2012).  

29/10/15, 7pm in the CCA, free to members or £5 on the door for non-members.

Don Paterson headlining


Unfortunately Les Murray has taken ill and can no longer attend our event this Thursday – he has just been released from hospital and has flown home – we wish him the best.  Our new line-up for Thursday 15th October is:                      Sheri Benning, Peter Mackay, Mary Thomson and Don Paterson.

St Mungo’s Mirrorball in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library are proud to present

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His poetry collections include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Landing Light, Rain and 40 Sonnets.He has also published two books of aphorism, as well as translations of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke.

 His poetry has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and all three Forward Prizes; he is currently the only poet to have won the TS Eliot Prize twice. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the English Association and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews. Since 1997 he has been poetry editor at Picador Macmillan, and he also works as a jazz musician and composer. He lives in Edinburgh.

Sheri Benning’s third book of poetry, The Season’s Vagrant Light, was recently published by Carcanet Press. Her two previous collections, published in Canada, are Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press). She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and has since travelled widely while studying. 

 Peter Mackay is a poet and broadcaster, originally from the Isle of Lewis, and now living in Edinburgh. His first full collection, ‘Gu Leòr / Galore’ was recently published by Acair; he also has a pamhplet, ‘From another island’ with Clutag Press. He also lectures at St Andrews University, and is a 2015 BBC Next Generation Thinker.

Mary Thomson moved to Scotland in 2005 from Yorkshire, where she worked as a freelance art critic, curator of exhibitions and writer about art and artists.  Alphabetical Order is the fifth in a series of poetry pamphlets she has published since 2006, two of which have been short listed for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.

Les Murray & Sheri Benning

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An Evening with Les Murray, 15th October 7pm

St Mungo’s Mirrorball in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library are proud to present Les Murray, Australia’s leading poet and one of the greatest contemporary poets writing in English. His work has been published in ten languages. He has won many literary awards, including the Grace Leven Prize (1980 and 1990), the Petrarch Prize (1995), and the prestigious TS Eliot Award (1996). In 1999 he was awarded the Queens Gold Medal for Poetry on the recommendation of Ted Hughes. His career spans over forty years and he has published nearly 30 volumes of poetry as well as two verse novels and collections of his prose writings.

Sheri Benning’s third book of poetry, The Season’s Vagrant Light, was recently published by Carcanet Press. Her two previous collections, published in Canada, are Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press). She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and has since travelled widely while studying. 

And dont forgot:

A Celebration of WB Yeats on National Poetry Day, 8th October, 7pm                           
To celebrate national poetry Day – members of St Mungo’s Mirrorball will be reading poems by Irish poet WB Yeats.

BOTH EVENTS will be held in the CCA, members free, non-members £5 on the door.

Beginning with Yeats


The Mirrorball returns with poetry readings in the autumn and winter beginning with a celebration of the poetry of W B Yeats to mark 150 years since his birth. This event will be on the 8th of October, at 7pm in the CCA.  Also save the dates for contemporary poetry readings on 15th October, 29th October and 10th December. More details to follow, watch this space.

Five poets

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The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball will showcase no less than 5 poets with new collections – an amazing evening in store with Stephanie Green, Ian McDonough, William Bonar, Eveline Pye and Lindy Barbour. This event will be held on Thursday 28th May at 7pm in the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Stephanie Green has an MPhil in Creative Writing from Glasgow University (2004) where she was tutored by Liz Lochead. Her pamphlet Glass Works (Cat’s Pyjamas Publications, 2005), was short listed for the Callum Macdonald Award. Later she was mentored by Jen Hadfield whilst writing her new pamphlet ‘Flout’ (HappenStance, 2015), inspired by the Shetland landscape, folklore and culture and which launched earlier this year to a sell-out event at Stanza.

Ian McDonough was born and brought up in Brora on the East Coast of Sutherland. His poem sequence A Rising Fever was published in pamphlet form by Kettilonia in 2000. His first play 51 Pegasus toured Scotland in 2003 and around the same time his first full-length poetry collection Clan MacHine, published by Chapman, was shortlisted for Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year. His latest collection A Witch Among The Gooseberries came out on Mariscat recently.

William Bonar gained a distinction on the MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University in 2008. He was a participant on the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme (2009-10) under the tutelage of Liz Lochhead, His poem, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg Quintet, was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s online anthology Best Scottish Poems of 2012 and he was shortlisted for a New Writers Award in 2015. He is the recipient of the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Prize for 2014 and his winning manuscript, entitled Offering, was published by Red Squirrel Press in April 2015.

Eveline Pye was born in Glasgow and studied Statistics at Glasgow University. She worked as an Operational Research Analyst in the Zambian Copper Industry from 1975 to 1983. She was selected for the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme in 2009. Her poetry was showcased in Northlight, an anthology of the Clydebuilt 3 mentees mentored by Liz Lochhead and she read at Stanza in 2012. She is the only poet ever to have published in Significance, the joint magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. summer.

Lindy Barbour was born in Orkney and brought up in North East Fife. She now lives in rural Lanarkshire and is a psychodynamic counsellor, teaching Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. She began to write poetry in a series of workshops held by Liz Lochhead at Glasgow School of Art.

Clydebuilt 7 Showcase

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The Clydebuilt 7 Showcase will be at the CCA on May 7th at 7pm

Gerrie Fellows was the mentor for Clydebuilt 7, having previously mentored the first group of Clydebuilt poets. Her most recent collection is The Body in Space, published by Shearsman in 2014. Her menthes were: Julie Smith, Kay Ritchie, Jane Bonnyman and Colin Begg.

Julie Smith has had poetry published in a number of literary magazines including Causeway/ Cabhsair, Southwords and New Writing Scotland. Her novel ‘Mum and William Wordsworth,’ was long listed for the Mslexia First Novel Competition in 2013.

Kay Ritchie grew up in Glasgow and Edinburgh, lived in London, Spain and Portugal and worked as a freelance photographer and radio producer. Recently she is published in Tracks in the Sand, Shorelines, the Glad Rag, Black Middens, Treasures, Making Waves, Gutter and A Star in the Hand.

Jane Bonnyman is an English teacher and tutor and is currently based in Edinburgh. She writes teaching resources for the Scottish Poetry Library and the BBC. She has been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, Poetry Scotland and has been placed in several poetry competitions.

Colin Begg’s poetry has been published widely in, amongst others, Poetry Scotland and New Writing Scotland, He won the Basil Bunting Poetry Award in 2013 and was also awarded a Hawthornden Writing Fellowship. Colin is co-founder and co-editor of Gutter.

The next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball event will be on 28th May 2015

10th anniversary party


St Mungo’s Mirrorball 10th Anniversary Party
7pm Thursday 26th March CCA

Ten years ago this month that amazing Glasgow institution – St Mungo’s Mirrorball – came into being. To celebrate we are planning an evening of poetry, music and song. We have themed the event The Night of the Nine Muses . Our headliner will be the wonderful Imtiaz Dharker who will be returning to the city after having been awarded the Queens Award for Poetry. The full programme will be released in the next couple of weeks.

This will be a free event so feel free to bring your friends – this invite is open to all our friends in the literary landscape across the city. Put it in your diary now – and see you there.


Thank you to everyone who was involved in the 100 poets 100 poems event last Sunday we raised £530 on the day for the refurbishment of the Scottish Poetry Library and a number of poets have donated since or beforehand. If you would like to donate then you can online