Vespers #29 – Tuesday 3 September

vespers 29 line-up It’s Vespers 29: Tuesday 3 September, readings start 7.30pm, at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT. Three more poets are joining us for the first Vespers after the festival season:

Eleanor Rees was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1978. Her pamphlet collection Feeding Fire (Spout, 2001) received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and her first full length collection Andraste’s Hair (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards.
Her second collection Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009) is also a live performance for voice and harp which has toured in the North West. In 2015 Eleanor published her third full-length collection Blood Child (Liverpool University Press/Pavilion, 2015) and a long pamphlet Riverine(Gatehouse Press, 2015). Her fourth full collection The Well at Winter Solstice, was published by Salt in 2019.
Eleanor is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool Hope University and lives in Liverpool.

Janette Ayachi is a Scottish-Algerian poet living in Edinburgh. She has been published in many literary journals, including New Writing Scotland, and Gutter, and in anthologies: Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014), The Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), and #Untitled 2, Neu! Reekie! (Polygon, 2016). She has been short-listed for Write Queer London as well as a Lancelot Andrewes Award judged by Carol Ann Duffy. Her film-poem collaboration On Meeting a Fox was part of the official selection for the Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver in 2013. She is the author of the poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings (Original Plus Press, 2012) and A Choir of Ghosts (Calder Wood Press, 2013). Her first full poetry collection, Hand over Mouth Music, was published by Liverpool University Press in April 2019.

Andrew Blair is a poet, performer and producer based in Musselburgh. With writing credits in Gutter, 404 Ink and at Flint & Pitch, Blair is the co-producer of Poetry as Fuck, making podcasts and Poetry Shows with Ross McClearly such as Lies, Dreaming and The Ambassador’s Reception (a spoken word murder-mystery night taking place during a Ferrero Rocher advert). His debut collection – An Intense Young Man at an Open Mic Night – was published in 2017. He is currently working on keeping a tiny human alive.

£3 entry, £1 raffle tickets. The bar will be open shortly after 7pm, readings start sharp at 7.30pm. The Vespers team will entertain you with astonishingly short introductions between poets.

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