I’ve been asked by the good Shore Poets people read some poems publicly. I’ve looked at the line-up and I am confident it won’t be a waste of your time or money.

A perfect literary excursion for a Sunday evening.

Please do come.

When: Sunday, 27 September. 7.45pm.
Where: The Lot, 4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
How Much: Admission £4 (concessions £3).

And, while I’d appreciate you being there to check me out, you definitely do not want to miss the amazing Ron Butlin who delivers fantastic readings every time.

Energy, wit, warmth and humour.

Also, Christine De Luca is reading and I look forward to hearing her for the first time.
There will also be music for two guitars played by Graham Cumberland and Paul Rogers.
And the bar, of course, will be open.

Ron Butlin is currently Edinburgh’s Makar, an official working position more like the traditional bard than the ceremonial poet laureate. Ron’s originally from Dumfries, a background that remains present in award-winning books that include three novels, three collections of short stories, and six volumes of poetry, most recently Without a Backward Glance (Barzan Publishing, 2005).

Ryan Van Winkle is originally from the United States, and has stayed in Edinburgh since 1999. He is currently the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries. He runs the Golden Hour cabaret and is an Editor at Forest Publications.

Next month’s reading is on October 25th, when Shore Poet readers will be Robert Alan Jamieson, Nancy Somerville and Aiko Harman. Later in the season we have readings by Anne Frater, Jen Hadfield, Kei Miller, Mike Stocks and James Robertson. Visit the website diary page for updates as the amazing Shore Poets season progresses. You definately will want to see Aiko, Jen, Kei and Mike and if their quality is any indication – even the poets I don’t know will be worth seeing!