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Big UPs! February so fabulous!


- 10th February. 6-9pm. Free. Forest Cafe.  READeasy Writers’ Group is 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.  See the Writers’ Group page for full instructions (including length limits).

- Sunday 13th February.  7.45pm-9.45pm. £4/£3. The Store (formerly GRV), Guthrie Street. Poetry at the… hosted by Rob A Mackenzie. This month featuring, Kevin Williamson, Miriam Gamble and the lovely Sasha de Buyl-Pisco.

- Monday 14th February. 8-11:30pm. Donation (suggested £4/3 – it’s a fundraiser!). The City Cafe, 19 Blair St, Edinburgh. DON’T FUCK A POET: The Anti-Valentine’s Slam. Presented by Inky Fingers with Harlequinade of the Chemical Poets. More info about how to enter and what’s in store at the Inky Fingers website.

- Tuesday 15th February. 8pm. National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. Gutter’s Alternative Valentine’s. Join acclaimed novelist and story writer Ewan Morrison, author of The Last Book You Read, Swung, Distance and, most recently, the fabulous Ménage, for a night of left-field lurrvvv. Ewan will be joined by Alabama ’s very own Amy Burns, whose brilliant debut Wake Me Up When It’s Over is coming soon, poets Richie McCaffrey and Alexander Hutchison, author of the acclaimed Scales Dog. It won’t be McSex, it’ll be Gutter Romance – so don’t miss it!  It’s free but ticket only – which go über-fast so go to or phone 0131 623 3918 to book.

- 17th – 20th February. £1 each event. At Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. Margins Book & Music Festival is a celebration of live music and literature from Cargo Publishing. Over four days, seven shows and over 30 performers, Margins brings you the biggest names in Scottish literature, like Liz Lochhead, Tom Leonard, Ewan Morrison, Doug Johnstone, Alan Bissett and Rodge Glass, to brand new talent and collaborations with the most popular regular literary nights in Scotland, including Words Per Minute, Golden Hour and Seeds of Thought.

- 27 February. 7.45-10.15pm. £4/£3. The Store (formerly GRV), Guthrie Street, Edinburgh. Shore Poets. This month, featuring: Vicki Feaver, Jim C. Wilson, Alastair Cook and music by Dorothy Lawrenson.

Mark your calendars, folks:

- 3rd March. Launch of Doug Johnstone’s new novel, Smokeheads. It even has its own trailer (made by Ewan Morrison)!:

- 16th-20th March.  StAnza Poetry Festival 2011: The printed brochure is now available, and it can also be viewed online here. Make sure to catch ForPub hosting our infamous Golden Hour event on the 16th! More info: GH at StAnza.

Big Ups:

- A hearty WELL DONE to our friend, Helen Mort,  who was shortlisted for the coveted Picador Poetry Prize! Amazing!

- New books out from CARGO Publishing! Grab yourself a copy of Alan Bissett‘s ‘Moira Monologues’ which, in fact, is awesome.

- Check out Nick Holdstock‘s new CNY-y piece in the LRB: Rabbits v Tigers

- Now available from NewLeaf magazine: Subscription service! If you would like to make sure to receive the latest issue of the long-standing international poetry & prose magazine (lately also with plays!) directly to your home, please drop them a line with your postal address at:

- Having you been missing your monthly fix of new TALES FROM THE MALL videos? Well miss no more!  This video answers the question:  What do a cigarette, a medieval game and a wrecking ball have in common?

Click on the video to get  to the Tales from the Mall page and watch more videos!

And a couple of Excellent Opportunities:

The Istanbul Review: “A Living History of Voices in Ink”. Submissions are invited for the first annual volume of The Istanbul Review to be published in 2011. We welcome writing in the form of essays, fiction and poetry but not full length plays or novels, though self-contained extracts are acceptable. The work must be neither previously published nor accepted for publication. All submissions must be received by July 1st 2011.  For more information visit All submission should be sent to

DeforestAction: Project Borneo. Our friend Emily Ballou is involved in an amazing project. In short: go to Borneo for 5 months and work with orangutans and the number one orangutan conservationist and be in a 3D movie. Not bad.  Information and how to apply by submitting your video clip, here:

Get your Feb on.

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