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Clydebuilt 13 Ahoy!

St Mungo Mirrorball’s Verse Apprenticeship Scheme Clydebuilt

in partnership with the Edwin Morgan Trust

The Clydebuilt 13 Verse Apprenticeship Scheme Information Sheet

This year marks the beginning of our partnership with the Edwin Morgan Trust and, as part of the Edwin Morgan Centenary celebrations, we are excited to launch our call for emerging poets to apply for Clydebuilt 13. Edwin Morgan was an internationalist, writing across forms, themes, and languages and yet he was also very much a Glasgow-based poet; it is with this spirit that St Mungo’s Mirrorball designed the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme. Founded in 2007, the scheme provides intensive support for poets at an early stage of their writing careers, encouraging a greater dialogue between them and more experienced practitioners. Mentors have included poets such as Liz Lochhead, Gerry Cambridge, John Glenday, Gerry Loose, Gerrie Fellows, A. B. Jackson, J. L. Williams, Miriam Gamble, and Alexander Hutchison.

The scheme recruits no more than four local (Greater Glasgow) poets who have yet to have a first full collection published (not counting pamphlet publication) and are not currently receiving any support with their development, e.g. not enrolled on an MLitt programme or fee-paying course. This mentoring will be given by an experienced poet-tutor over the course of 12 months, roughly from September 2020 to September 2021, and will consist of 5 group tutorials and 2 sets of one-to-one sessions which will be free to the participants. At these tutorials there will be a discussion of pre-submitted work with a mix of peer and tutor feedback. This will encourage participants to develop not only their own writing style but their ability to critique others. Over the year the participants will develop a portfolio of poems. Participants will give a reading of some of their resulting work along with their tutor at the end of the 12 months at a dedicated St Mungo’s Mirrorball event and, subject to discussion, as part of the Edwin Morgan Centenary celebrations.

A year of mentoring is a rare gift. I think my year on the Clydebuilt scheme enhanced my bravery: about when to be brutal and when to be playful; when to re-shape or abandon; to leave my ego outside the room and to trust the poem. Apply!

Mark Russell, Clydebuilt 5 (with Alexander Hutchison)

Clydebuilt gave me deadlines (which I need!) and a platform to try out new things in a friendly and supportive environment.

Juana Adcock, Clydebuilt 9 (with Liz Lochhead)

 

Eligibility

A panel will review the applications and decide whether any interviews are necessary. The chosen tutor/mentor will be involved in the final decision on the apprentices for their group.

 To be eligible to be an apprentice you cannot be involved in any other writing course or receiving any other structured writing support as of September 2020 and you should not yet have brought out a full-length poetry collection. You must also live in the Greater Glasgow urban area.

If you are interested in applying to be one of the four verse apprentices, please provide the following

  • Full contact details
  • A brief biography of your writing career to date
  • 5 poems as typical examples of your work
  • A statement of your short-term and long-term poetry goals
  • An outline of what you hope to achieve from the support over the next 12 months
  • A clear indication of the time commitment you are able to give both in terms of writing and attendance at the tutorial programme (September 2020 – September 2021)

E-mail your submission in one document to Clydebuilt Coordinator Samuel Tongue  stongue1@gmail.com by the Closing Date of Sunday 28th June 2020.

If you have any query regarding eligibility do not hesitate to e-mail Samuel Tongue

Clydebuilt showcase

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St Mungos Mirrorball – Clydebuilt 8 showcase will be on Thursday 5th May at 7pm in the Club room at the CCA.

This year’s Clybebuilt mentor Gerry Cambridge showcases the work created by the group in the last year
Gerry Cambridge is a poet, essayist and editor, with a substantial interest 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), Since 1995 Gerry has published and edited The Dark Horse.

Henry Bell is a writer, editor, and events organiser based in Glasgow. He the managing editor of Gutter, Scotland’s magazine of new writing, and has edited a number of books including A Bird is Not a Stone, an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry in the languages of Scotland.

Duncan Stewart Muir undertook his MLitt in Creative Writing at The University of Glasgow, graduating with distinction in 2010. Duncan’s poetry has been published in Poetry Review, PN Review, New Writing Scotland, Blast Furnace and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights. He lives in Glasgow where he is at work on his first novel, Our Affliction, set in the Far Eastern borderlands between China and Russia.

Nalini Paul’s first poetry pamphlet, Skirlags, was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Award in 2010. She was George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow in Orkney, and has collaborated on projects and commissions for stage and film. Her current poetry book, The Raven’s Song, is inspired by raven-and-crow myths from Orkney, Shetland and Canada.

Gregor Addison teaches English at West College Scotland and lives in Scotstoun, Glasgow. His poetry has previously been published in Carcanet’s Oxford Poets 2013: An Anthology (EDITED BY Iain Galbraith and Robyn Marsack), as well as in Gairm, The Edinburgh Review, Chapman, New Writing Scotland, Gath, Causeway/Cabhsair, The Dark Horse and Gutter.

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