Events – Page 9 – BurnedThumb


The Thistle Rose and Shamrock Night

Around this time of year my life gets silted up with cooking, cleaning, wrapping, carols, nativity plays and some or other getting ill. I mean to post, and don’t. I mean to email people and don’t. I mean to get things wrapped up and cleared away, and who am I kidding? So this year, before…
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December 17, 2012 2

Thistle Rose and Shamrock

Thistle Rose and Shamrock was the name of a ceilidh band who played at barn dances in Liverpool in the seventies. They mixed English Scottish and Irish dances – even included a Welsh one or two now and then, and a good time was had by all. There were even a few weddings among the…
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November 26, 2012 0

Shreds and Patches

My head is full of the random wispy ends of things I’ve been doing lately, places I’ve been, people I’ve met, books I’ve dipped into. Thus: By Leaves We Live – the Scottish Poetry Library’s Bookfair, which features some of the most beautiful independent publications you are likely to see anywhere. I met several friends,…
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October 30, 2012 0

Poetic Justice 11th October

An evening of singing, story-telling and poetry (from fellow Red Squirrel poet Anne Connolly and myself) in Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Place Edinburgh, 7:30. Please come along if you are in the area – it should be a great night!

October 10, 2012 0

Readings for Refugees

I finished my last post with a poem which, although about the Callander Poetry Weekend, was dedicated to my friend Iyad Hayatleh, who was at that time an asylum seeker. he got leave to stay (eventually) and last Saturday he and Tessa Ransford launched their book A Rug of a Thousand Colours at the Scottish…
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September 14, 2012 0

Callander Poetry Weekend

This is my friend Angela Topping reading at the Callander Poetry Weekend this year. It was slightly later than usual, running from 7th-9th September, but was full of interesting poets, most of us returning so often it feels like a family reunion, but including new visitors and new poets, poetry and poetic forms. This year…
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September 12, 2012 4

Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice is the working title of an event taking place in Edinburgh in October. The Justice and Peace commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh are organising an evening of poetry, story-telling and song on 11th October. I am very excited about this, partly because the Justice and Peace tradition of our…
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June 26, 2012 0

Poetry and Fish Suppers

Poetry festivals and fish suppers go together in my mind. At Callander there is the wonderful Oran Mhor, and at StAnza there is the Tail End, where the queue winds around the shop and out the door, and the chips are crisp and the fish white and pearlescent inside its perfectly cooked batter. Stalking about…
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March 19, 2012 2

Out and About

This photo was taken at the all women poetry slam at the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh last week. The event was organised by Claire Askew, (who also compered, and did a fantastic job), and was tremendous fun, although I didn’t make it past the first round. I met up with old friends, made some new…
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March 12, 2012 2

All my Christmases (2)

At StAnza this year Alastair Cook is putting on Filmpoem, which will include all the pieces which made Where the Land Lies such a memorable event, (mine too), but also new ones, including Better Days by Kevin Cadwallender, which is not only a particularly happy marriage of film and poetry reading, but also a damn’…
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March 5, 2012 2