St. Jude’s new album – On Sale Now

October 1, 2009

I’m happy to say that our friends – St. Jude’s Infirmary – have a brand new cd out which you can buy here.

This summer St. Jude’s kindly worked with me on a music backed poem called “The Duke and Pines.” The band provided lush, night-gown like melodies behind my words and I think it really worked. They also allowed me to read some poems at their CD launch at the National Portrait Gallery. It was fantastic  – allowing me to live out my rock-star fantasies without anyone getting hurt.

Anyway, their new CD is certainly worth finding, buying and keeping on repeat for a while.

Should you want a taste first – you can check out their song “Tacoma Radar” on my latest SPL podcast. There’s also a pretty good interview with the band about music and poetry. Have a listen:

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Grant Campbell on ‘Your thin shoulders’…

August 31, 2009

Our friend, the bass-wizard from the darkly poetic band, “St. Jude’s Infirmary” , discusses an amazing Osip Mandelstam poem. It’s a beautiful poem, read it and Grant’s thoughts about it on the SPL’s Reading Room site. And watch out for our up-coming podcast featuring St. Jude’s.

St. Jude’s Infirmary have an epic new album titled “This Has Been the Death of Us.” It is quite a treat and an instant contender for my yearly top-ten list. You can buy it here.

And here is a video of the band in action at the National Portrait Galley. If you watch the whole thing, you’ll hear my name mentioned. As it was in the blog Terrible Love Songs.Why? Because the band kindly invited me to read poems between the songs. I think it worked, hopefully, we’ll find that footage on the internet soon and I’ll post some audio of our collaboration soon.


August is the Cruellest Month

July 27, 2009

Well, T.S. Eliot might beg to differ but, to me, “August is the cruellest month.” At least if you live in Edinburgh and haven’t fled to find peace in the Highlands or Greek islands or anywhere but here. For those of you, like me, who are still kicking around and are willing to risk getting the evil Fringe Fever here are some good free poetic and literary happenings to keep you busy. I’m involved in most these things in some way so do come along, say hello, and tell me what shows not to see. Also — below are details on new books from Forest Publications and Read This Press + Calls for Submissions.



* Thursday 30 July — 6.30pm, Free —- Edinburgh Central Library —- James Kelman reading from and talking about his book Kieron Smith, boy which has bagged a swathe of prizes.


FREE but ticketed and booking is essential. Email or call 07784 31 9868 to secure a place. For more details see:

* Friday 7th August — 6pm, Free — Edinburgh Central Library —- Words and Music from Cool America with Don Paterson: American poetry chosen by poet Don Paterson and read by distinguished film actor Angus MacInnes backed by a full-on jazz band! Followed by the brilliant St. Jude’s Infirmary with their dark dreamy swirl of literate melodic beauty. And, I’m honoured to be reading a poem with the band so you must come. Also, free booze. Basically — Not to be missed!

  • Friday 14 August — 2pm, Free — Edinburgh Books — Jim Haynes: A Roving Life — Jim Haynes is a living legend. Flâneur, writer, publisher, former bookshop owner and host to thousands over the years he’s spent welcoming strangers to his Parisian atelier for Sunday dinner, his is a life more spectacular than most. We can’t wait to hear his tales, in conversation with Ryan Van Winkle.





Wednesday 26 August, 12 – 3pm, Free — St. Andrew’s Square: Poetry in St Andrew Square

A very special poetry event: Our Poetic Orators will wander the gardens offering up poems to picnickers and passers by. In the old oral tradition — our performers will entertain and inspire. Come to listen, come to enjoy.

New Books From Forest Publications and Read This + Call for Submissions:

  • Three New Chapbooks from Forest Publications: Wow! Now available are chapbooks from Fiona Morrison, Dave Coates and Russell Jones. Only two pounds and available at The Forest Shop. Very limited print-runs so snap up your copies now and come in to browse our other books from Edinburgh writers such as David Gow, Jane Flett, Ericka Duffy and Sandra Alland. Collect them all!

  • Sharks Don’t Sleep is the title of the brand new chapbook from New Jersey-based spoken word poet Eric Hamilton, and it’s published by Read This Press.  Described as “a book that crackles with life,” and “a grimy, romantic and fucking funny look at the world,” Sharks Don’t Sleep is a beautiful 32-page chapbook, hand-made with high quality cardstock covers and embellished with a black ribbon bookmark and original artwork. Find out more here:

Poets Needed — For hybrid photo / poetry project.


CONTACT: See poster below for details:poetsneeded