Vespers 23

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Vespers is back for a new session of events in 2019 and we hope many of you can join us for a great programme. First event is Vespers #23 on Tues 5 February 2019 at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. Doors open around 7pm. Come and have a drink before taking your seats. Readings start 7.30pm sharp. It’s £3 entry (tickets at the door), £1 for a raffle ticket. The fantastic line-up:

Tim Turnbull:
Tim is from Yorkshire. Between 1979 and 1994 Turnbull played and sang with a series of punk/ska/industrial bands: The Rockin’ Molerats, S.A.F., The Live Lobsters, The Long Haired Lovers, The Dog Conspiracy and finally, after a move to London in 1992, Machine Intelligence. His first full collection of poetry Stranded in Sub-Atomica (Donut Press, 2005) was was shortlisted for Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in the 2006 Forward Prizes. In the same year he was awarded a Performance Poetry Fellowship by the Arts Foundation, the first of its kind in Britain. He was also awarded a Scottish Arts Council Bursary to help with the completion of a second collection, Caligula on Ice and other poems. Tim’s most recent publication is his third collection of poetry, Avanti! (2018), from Red Squirrel Press.

Marjorie Lotfi Gill:
Marjorie was born in New Orleans, spent her childhood in Tehran, and then lived around the U.S.A before moving to the UK in 1999. Her most recent pamphlet is Refuge, published by Tapsalteerie Press (2018). Her particular interests are writing that explores the journeys and questions of belonging, particularly relating to the experiences of migrants and refugees, through a project she founded called The Belonging Project and other commissioned work. She also regularly writes in response to art (as a part of the women’s writing collective 12, was Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland, and Writer in Residence for Spring Fling 2015 etc. She is Chair of the Wigtown Book Festival Board and a Scottish Book Trust Ignite fellow.

Lisa Fannen:
Lisa Fannen’s latest pamphlet is Faultline, which contains poems drawing on acute observation and personal experiences in the UK and US, as well as other politically charged poems. Lisa also has a pamphlet of poems called Snapshots, and their poems have been published to date in International Times, Magma and the Long Poem Magazine. In previous projects she has blended her words and writing with music – solo and with musicians/sound makers – and explored improvising with movement and text, audio samples, live sound and projected film. She is also an organiser around health and social justice, and a community herbalist, part of the Radical Herbalism gathering which explores holistic and plant medicines and their interaction with social justice and change.

Alice Tarbuck has joined Rob and Jane on the organising committee, Chris Kerr has retired due to other commitments and we thank him for all the work he put in.

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