Vespers #31 – Wednesday 6th November

Berring Raha LaveryAnother round of three exciting poets for Vespers 31, ATTENTION: THIS TIME ON A WEDNESDAY! Wednesday 6 November, readings start at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Nat Raha is a poet, musician and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh. Her poetry includes sirens, body & faultlines (Boiler House Press, 2018), countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013), and Octet (Veer Books, 2010). Her poetry is of an innovative, condensed and politicised lyric, speaking of marginal forms of living and queer desires, feeling through feminist diasporas and generative constraints. Her work has been translated into French, German, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish. Nat is a postdoctoral researcher on the ‘Cruising the 70s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures’ project at the Edinburgh College of Art, and co-edits Radical Transfeminism zine.

Tessa Berring’s pamphlet Cut Glass and No Flowers was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017. In addition to her own writing, she engages regularly with other collaborative and interdisciplinary art projects. She also works extensively in translation, most recently in Riga, with the Latvian Literature Platform. Her first collection, Bitten Hair, was published in 2019 by Blue Diode Press.

Hannah Lavery’s most recent spoken word show, The Drift was part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here festival in 2018. She is the director of CoastWord Festival and the Scottish Poetry Library’s Learning and Engagement Coordinator. Her poetry has been published by Gutter Magazine and 404 ink amongst others, and her first pamphlet of short fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press in 2018. Her pamphlet Finding Sea Glass was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2019 and accompanies her National Theatre of Scotland autumn tour of her one-woman show The Drift.

Doors open 7pm, readings begin 7.30pm. Entry is £3, raffle tickets £1 each. The Vespers team will be hosting with their usual shambolic MCing. See you there!

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