Happenings 24

November 20, 2009

I searched a lot of donkey pictures for our podcast page today: Emily Ballou reads a beautiful poem featuring one. This chap was a close runner up.

We hosted 2 launch events, one for Silver: An Aberdeen Anthology (Polygon) on Wednesday night, and one for Ruth Thomas’s new collection of short stories, Super Girl (Faber) last night. Both excellent and well-attended nights, you can read more about our Silver event here, and a review of Ruth’s book here.

Next week, we’ve got two more! We look forward to Tuesday 24 November, 6.30pm, and helping Thomas A Clark with the Edinburgh launch of his new collection, The Hundred Thousand Places (Carcanet), an evening which will include a rare reading. Then on Wednesday at 7.30pm, we will be joining forces with the Poetry Association of Scotland and raising our glasses to John Glenday and his long awaited new collection, Grain (Picador).

Our latest podcast is alive! Emily Ballou, author of The Darwin Poems, and Ryan discuss poems of childhood and what home means, and then Ryan reads one of his own poems, ‘Bluegrass’, with acoustic accompaniment from Jed Milroy.

Francis Bickmore of Canongate Books and Kin fame wrote us a nice big piece upon his favourite classic poem, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. You can read about it, that “psychedelic sea voyage, tale of the unexpected and playground of sight, sound and uncertain mysticism” in our Reading Room

…and Kona Macphee wrote us another encouraging column.

Just out of interest, what’s your favourite classic poem?

Watch this space to find out the favourites of the BBC’s Brian Taylor! Coming next week…

We enjoyed reading to the elderly residents of the Bonnington Care Centre on Tuesday and look forward to more such sessions soon…

We like the idea of the taste of Guinness and Chocolate cake

…and dresses with poems on them.

We’re gearing up for more workshops with school groups, a Polish poetry group coming in tomorrow for a Nothing But the Poem session, Christmas card lists and spring events planning…

Till next week!

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