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Big Ups! April Showers (of awesome)

Big Ups!

- Check out Robert Sarazin Blake of past Golden Hour fame – he’s released his new album ‘A Long Series of Memorable  Nights Forgotten: The Belfast Sessions’ in March and will soon be releasing ‘Put it all down in a Letter’ this month. The former is a collaboration with Irish piper John McSherry. The latter was recorded in one all-night session in Philadelpia. Both albums are available for listening, downloading, and mail-order at: . But better yet, why not follow him on tour in Ireland this month? Check website for details:



- Thursday 7th April, 6 – 9pm. FREE. Forest Front Room, Bristo Place. READEASY.  We’ve set up the  READeasy Writers’ Group to be a safe and encouraging space for writers to meet up, hear their words read, and get constructive critical feedback. It’s open to writers of any style, experience, identity and genre — but places each month are limited. To secure a slot, e-mail inkyfingersedinburgh AT gmail DOT com in advance with your name and a piece of your writing attached — and then just come along on the night with cake and a ready mind. See the Writers’ Group page for full instructions (including length limits):

- Monday, 11 April, 7:30-11pm. The Blind Poet, 32 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh. BLIND POETICS w. Harlequinade, Gavin Inglis & Stephen Barnaby. A new night of spoken word at Edinburgh’s famous bar, The Blind Poet. Hope you’ll join us on 11th April, where we’ll have special guests Harlequinade, Gavin Inglis and Stephen Barnaby! Host: Texture. Open mic slots available – email
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- Sunday, April 17, 7.45-9.45pm. £4/3. At the Store (formerly GRV), 35 Guthrie St, Edinbugh. Poetry at the… The pen-penultimate Poetry at the… will host our very own Ryan Van Winkle, as well as Steven Waling and Matthew Stewart this month. This monthly event has gone off for the last 4 years, featuring some of the UK’s top poets alongside new and emerging writers. There are also 3 minute slots if you fancy reading – just contact the host, Rob A Mackenzie.

- Tuesday 26 April, 8-11pm. Forest Cafe. Inky Fingers OPEN MIC. We’ve teamed up with Rupert Thomson this month for our Open Mic: we’re running it as “To the altar! To the block!” in dubious honour of certain events that week. As well as our usual feature performances and open stage, we’re asking writers we know if they’d like to contribute their words on the dread wedding. If you’d like to pen a poem or a story or something else on the subject, we’d love to have you. But of course our stage is always open, so we’re happy for people to sign up and make their statement on the subject by ignoring the theme entirely.

- Sunday 15 May. 7-10pm. AXO Gallery. Inky Fingers is collaborating with the AXO gallery on a unique event: a Words Auction, raising funds for Inky Fingers and Forest. Forest will be running a high profile visual arts auction in the space on the 13th and 14th, followed by the Words Auction on the 15th. A Words Auction is half feature performers and half open mic; we’re asking writers to donate their writing services to the Fundraiser. The feature performers will each get 10-15 minutes to show the audience their craft, and we will then auction off a specially commissioned piece of writing (a poem, a short story, a flash fiction, or something else?) from each writer to the highest bidder. The idea is that the audience will be bidding for the right to “commission” the piece and have it be written “for them”. It could be tremendously fun – an interesting new way to get people to engage with writing and performance. Inspired by the Poetry Brothel. More info here:



- Scottish Writers For Japan anthology: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.
Moved by the recent Japanese disaster, the editors came up with the idea of publishing an anthology with all profits being donated to a local Japanese charity directly involved in supporting the people affected.  The anthology has now reaches beyond Glasgow and will hopefully encompass all of Scotland.  Submissions should be on a Japanese theme but beyond that anything goes: Fiction, poetry, autobiographical snippets, haikus – whatever inspires anyone to write when they think of Japan. Prose  pieces should be no more than 3000 words. Please submit in a Word document in .doc or .rtf format to Submission closing date of 17th April. For further details, contact the editors at or visit their website:

-Aesthetica Creative Works Competition: CALL FOR ENTRIES
The 2011 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition is now open for entries! Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all artists, photographers, writers and poets to submit their work into the Creative Works Competition, Now in its fourth year, the competition is dedicated to celebrating and championing creative talent across the disciplines and welcomes entries from poets and writers as well as artists working in any medium, including sculpture, textiles, photography, ceramics, paint, digital art and more!

  • The Competition has three categories, Artwork & Photography, Poetry and Fiction.
  • Winners and finalists are published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual.
  • Winners of each category receive £500 prize money plus other prizes.
  • Entry to the Creative Works Competition is £10.
  • The entry fee allows the submission of 2 images, 2 poems or 2 short stories.
  • The deadline for submissions is the 31st August 2011.
  • More guidelines on how to submit can be found online at

- Bamboccioni Books: Call for Submissions
Bamboccioni Books is looking for submissions for their first publication, half of the proceeds of which will be going to charity. This will be a collection of short stories, as such, submissions must be previously unpublished (whether in print or online), of between 1000-4000 words, and be on the theme of “discovery“. Submissions should be sent to before the end of April.

- Wigtown Poetry Prize.
Judges: Brian Johnstone, Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul / Angus Peter Campbell and Rab Wilson. Deadline for entries is Tuesday 3rd May. For the full guidelines, forms, more information about the judges, last year’s winning poems and to enter online, see the Wigtown Poetry Prize website.



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