Vespers #34 – Tuesday 3 March 2020

briggs cumming meredith

Three terrific poets from several hundreds of miles away are coming for this special one-off Edinburgh reading. It is not to be missed! As usual, 7 for 7.30pm at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT. Tuesday 3 March 2020

Since receiving an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, David Briggs has published three collections with Salt Publishing. The Method Men [2010] was shortlisted for the London Festival Poetry Prize, and Rain Rider [2013] was a winter selection of the Poetry Book Society. His third book — Cracked Skull Cinema [2019], a Poetry Wales pick of the year — has taken him on a reading tour ranging from a Festival of Death and Dying in Somerset to the Suffolk coast for Poetry in Aldeburgh. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies from The Poetry Review to Identity Parade.

Tim Cumming’s collections include The Miniature Estate (1991), Apocalypso (1992, 1999), Contact Print (2002), The Rumour (2004), The Rapture (2011) Etruscan Miniatures (2012), Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop (2015) and Knuckle (2019). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Forward’s Poems of the Decade, the WS Graham anthology, The Caught Habits of Language and Bloodaxe Books’ anthology of poetry from Ireland and the British Isles, Identity Parade.
He made the BBC4 documentary Hawkwind: Do Not Panic in 2007, and has shown his film poems at cinemas and festivals worldwide. He writes regularly about music and the arts, and his paintings have been exhibited at Slader’s Yard in Dorset and the Rowley Gallery in west London.

Christopher Meredith is a Welsh poet, novelist and translator working mainly in English and sometimes in Welsh. His groudbreaking first novel, Shifts, is regarded as a modern classic. He has broadcast on radio and TV and given readings and talks all round Britain as well as in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia and the USA. Born and brought up in Tredegar, he has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a university professor, now lives in Brecon and writes full time.

Doors open 7pm, readings begin 7.30pm. Entry is £3, raffle tickets £1 each. See you there!

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