Vespers 27 – Tuesday 4 June 2019


A very exciting line-up for you at Vespers #27 in the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. Doors (and bar) open at 7pm, readings start at 7.30pm. A unique combination of poets I suspect you will never see reading together again, so don’t miss it!

Eileen Chong is a poet based in Sydney, Australia. She was born in Singapore of Chinese descent. Her poetry collections include Burning Rice (2012), Peony (2014), Painting Red Orchids (2016), and Rainforest (2018), all from Pitt Street Poetry, Sydney. Chong writes about food, family, migration, love and loss. The Singaporean-Australian poet Boey Kim Cheng has said that ‘Chong’s work offers a poetry of feeling, rendered in luminous detail and language, alive to the sorrows and joys of daily living.’ Her books have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Anne Elder Award 2012 for a first book, the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2017, and the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2013 and 2017. 

Samuel Tongue is Project Co-ordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library. His first pamphlet is Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and his second, Stitch, has been recently published by Tapsalteerie. He has published poems in numerous anthologies and magazines including And Other PoemsCorditeGutterInkInterpreter’s HouseSweat & TearsMagma, and Northwords Now. He was awarded a Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award in 2013 and is featured in Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014). He is a co-editor of New Writing Scotland and poetry editor at the Glasgow Review of Books

Raman Mundair was born in India, raised in Manchester and Leicester and now lives in Shetland. She is the author of two volumes of poetry: A Choreographer’s Cartography (2007) and Lovers, Liars, Conjurers and Thieves (2003); and the play, The Algebra of Freedom (2007), produced to great acclaim by 7:84 Theatre Company. In 2006 she also collaborated with the National Theatre Scotland and Òran Mòr – A Play, A Pie, A Pint on Side Effects, a one-act play. As an artist she makes work that represents text and narrative in a visual form. Her work has been exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, City Art Gallery, Leicester and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. 

Entry is £3, Raffle Tickets are £1. The Vespers team will be there to guide you through the evening in the usual chaotic way.

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