Vespers #30 – Tuesday 1 October


Three brilliantly eclectic and unpredictable poets make up the bill for Vespers 30: Ira Lightman, Roseanne Watt and Colin Will. Tuesday 1 October, doors open 7.15pm, readings start 7.30pm. At the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT.

Ira Lightman’s work is informed by music, mathematics, language-learning, computers and pattern-seeking. Many of his critical ideas touch on improvisation and the vexed question of free verse for our times. He has made conceptual pieces for national radio, including one of the only celebrations in the world of Pi’s 300th birthday and a multi-voiced celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Roseanne Watt is the winner of the 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize (Poetry in Film). She is poetry editor for The Island Review and lives and works in Edinburgh. Her first collection, Moder Dy, was published by Polygon in May 2019.

Colin Will has been around for ever, but is now winding down. He’s been involved with the Scottish Poetry Library, StAnza, the CoastWord Festival and others. Trained in science, he’s the author of nine poetry books.

Entry is £3, raffle tickets £1 each. The Vespers team will be hosting with their usual warm and engagingly shambolic style. See you there!

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