Wednesday 18 May 8pm @ the Forest, 3 Bristo Place Free! BYOB!
Celebrate Reel Festivals at The Golden Hour – Edinburgh’s premiere
literary cabaret featuring poetry from Syria, Lebanon and Scotland.
Golan Haji is a Syrian poet and winner of the ‘Al-Maghut’ prize in poetry for Called in Darkness (2004). He has also translated various works into Arabic including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Rasha Omran is a Syrian poet and director of the annual Al-Sindiyana festival of culture in Syria. She has published four collections of poetry as well as compiling an anthology of Syrian Poetry.
Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian poet and journalist, living as a refugee in Beirut. He has published a number of books, and is currently translating the poems of William Blake into Arabic.
Yehia Jaber is a Lebanese poet, playwright, communist, journalist and
actor. Amongst other literary and political works, he has published six collections of poetry.
Emily Ballou – Glasgow-based Australian-American poet, screenwriter and novelist. She is the author of the novels Father Lands and Aphelion, and the recent verse-portrait of Charles Darwin The Darwin Poems.
William Letford lives in Stirling, Scotland and works as a roofer. In 2008 he received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and an SQA Star Award. He has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Poetry Scotland and New Writing Scotland.
Tom Pow was the first Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He was StAnza’s Poet in Residence in 2005, and won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards in 2009 for Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness.
Ryan Van Winkle is ‘Reader in Residence’ at the Scottish Poetry Library. His work has appeared in various volumes, and his first collection, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’, was published at the end of last year.
All this plus short films and an eclectic range of music from Scotland and the the Levant including OkyDoky, Belvedere Mountain Express and Hiva Oa.
Our friend Doug Johnstone (of Northern Alliance fame) has released a new solo EP … if shambling lo-fi guitar is your thing then you can listen, download and buy the whole thing here. Keep an eye on his live dates as well, which may include a wee appearance at the Golden Hour in June…
Sophie Cooke has just published her short story After the Reunion on Kindle. If you’re in the mood for linden trees, love and lost youth you can download the whole story onto pretty much any device for 70p. Sophie is currently finishing work on her third novel The Three Lives of Dragana Savic, and in other news, will be reading her poetry at Knockengorroch on 26-29 May.
Inky Fingers have a two workshops coming up this month: Saturday 7th May, 2-5pm @ the Forest ‘Anxiety and the Writer’ – part of a new series of special FREE workshops, this month’s wordlab with Eliza Langland will be exploring how and why people write, and how anxiety can both fuel and impede the writing process. Thursday 12th May, 6-9pm @ the Forest
The ever popular READeasy Writers’ Group is open to writers of any style, experience, identity or genre, as a safe and encouraging space to meet up, hear your words read and get contructive critical feedback. Spaces go fast so email email@example.com to secure one.
Sunday 8th May, 7.45-9.45pm @ The Store, Guthrie Street ‘Poetry at the…’ This month’s lineup includes our friend Claire Askew, alongside Gerry Loose and Tony Williams. Entry £4, concessions £3.
A big congrats to Robert Alan Jamieson,whose book Da Happie Laand (an excerpt of which was included in the Golden Hour Book II) is longlisted for the Book Awards! Da Happie Laand is an experimental and ambitious novel, imaginatively extending the idea of Scottish empire and diaspora, and addressing notions of being and belonging in 21st century Scotland.
Do you love Hailey Beavis? We do. Join her for her weekly Thursday session now and forever at Nobles.
— Friday 29 April, 7-10pm @ Scottish Books Trust
After three suitably seismic shows, Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson bring you the fourth part in the Neu! Reekie! movement: a night of avant-garde poetry, music and film fusions. The night promises to shock and stun, playing host to the abstract and abstruse, the sinister and sanguine.
Line-up includes (with more to be added): Jock Scot, Roy Moller, Emelle, Avant-garde Animations, Raffle of the Absurd.
Please note this date falls upon the Royal Wedding – Neu! Reekie! Inc will be expressing its views through the mediums of film and spoken word. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176517502399377
— Sunday 1 May, 8-10.30pm @ Cabaret Voltaire Illicit Ink: The Faerie Court
The freaks who brought you Love Sick are back to present another evening of funky prose. This time the theme is faeries, fairytales and other mythological stuff, and is encouraging the dark, the different and the slightly weird. Basically, if you’re the kind of person who’d pick the wings off faeries (with or without eating them) this is the event for you. The line-up will be posted soon.
Entry is a £4 charity donation, which will go toward the relief effort in Japan. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200914439939236
— Wednesday 18 May
12.30 — A Poetry Salon with Local Writers @ the Scottish Poetry Library
Join us for this rare opportunity to meet and engage with our guest poets from Syria and Lebanon. We’ll be taking a short tour of the Scottish Poetry Library followed by an informal salon. We’ll discuss poetry in translation, borders, sip some tea and share work and stories. Open to all interested writers, arts practitioners, and members of the public.
8pm — The Golden Hour, The Forest, FREE (obvs.), BYOB
Celebrate Reel Festivals at The Golden Hour — Edinburgh’s premiere literary cabaret featuring new Arabic and English translations from these thrilling local and international writers: William Letford, Emily Ballou, Tom Pow, Rasha Omran, Golan Haji, Mazen Maarouf, Yehia Jaber. All this plus short films and an eclectic range of music from Scotland and the the Levant including OkyDoky, Belvedere Mountain Express and Hiva Oa. The Golden Hour will not disappoint!
— Friday 20 May, 6.30pm @ the Scottish Poetry Library Reel Festivals presents an evening of contemporary English and Arabic poetry featuring new translations from these thrilling local and international writers: William Letford, Emily Ballou, Tom Pow, Rasha Omran, Golan Haji, Mazen Maarouf, Yehia Jaber. Featuring short films and music from Reel Festivals. **If you can’t make this, maybe you can make it to the Scottish Writers Centre in the Clubroom at the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on the 19th at 7pm.
- Call for submissions: City of Edinburgh Library
…for the Holocaust Memorial Writing Competition 2011, on the theme of ‘Journeys through darkness to light’. This is an opportunity for anyone to tell your own personal story about any form of intolerance or prejudice: ‘We can all learn lessons from and be inspired by how others cope in adversity and turn what are difficult personal experiences into more hopeful and positive futures.’
- PBH’S Free Fringe - Call for spoken word/poetry acts Following on from the phenomenal success of last year’s dedicated Spoken Word line-up (the first for the Fringe!), PBH have been putting together this year’s line-up. There is already a stellar bill, but there are still some Spoken Word slots available at the Banshee Labyrinth and the Royal Oak that need filled. If you have a show that you think would fit in, suitable for the venue, be an excellent addition and every member of your show explicitly agrees to the PBH Free Fringe ethos (http://freefringe.org.uk/performers), get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
- Invitation for Submissions: Beyond the Horizon: Short stories of discovery 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 email@example.com before the end of April.
- 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: http://www.robertsarazinblake.bandcamp.com . But better yet, why not follow him on tour in Ireland this month? Check website for details: http://www.sarazinblake.com/calendar.php
- 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): https://inkyfingersedinburgh.wordpress.com/writers-group/
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140342616035717
- 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: http://inkyfingersedinburgh.wordpress.com/
- 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 email@example.com. Submission closing date of 17th April. For further details, contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website: http://glasgowwritersjapan.wordpress.com/
-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.
- 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 email@example.com before the end of April. www.bamboccionibooks.com
- 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.
Ian Stephen – After 15 years in the coastguard, Ian Stephen became a full-time writer of poetry, prose and drama in 1995. The sea continues to feature in his work.
Hugh McMillan – works as a history teacher in Dumfries and lives in Penpont. His next full collection of poems The Lost Garden (Roncadora Press) is due in 2010 as is a Selected Poems from Shoestring Press.
- We’re excited about the final selection for Gutter 04 – listed here on the Gutter website. Loads of our ForPub friends are included – and there’s even a review of our own Ryan Van Winkle‘s new book Tomorrow We Will Live Here, included. Get yours ASAP!
- Jonny Berliner‘s got a shiny new website: http://www.jonnyberliner.com/. Check it out & if you like what you see – Jonny and The Freewheelers will now be resident every Thursday night at Power’s bar in Kilburn. Free entry and one of the best pints of Guinness in town. 332, Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 2QN.
- Monday 21st of March 2011. Doors 8pm/Start 8.30. Entrance by donation. Voodoo Rooms, Speakeasy, 19a West Register St, Edinburgh. Ringmaster of the Spoken Word: MR. BOB HOLMAN. Guest musician Paul Mills. ONE NIGHT ONLY IN EDINBURGH. An intimate night with legendary New York poet and three times Emmy winner Bob Holman. In 2002 Bob Holman, the man who introduced poetry slams to New York, opened the Bowery Poetry Club in downtown Manhattan, described by the New York Times as ‘a beacon on the Bowery’. Producer of the PBS television series United States of Poetry, Bob has won three Emmys and various other awards for his work in performing and promoting poetry. His book, Picasso in Barcelona, and CD, The Awesome Whatever,are his latest staging posts in his “return to the oral roots of language and of poetry”. More info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiIn-0DT-uw&feature=related and http://www.bowerypoetry.com/ Opens with a 20min set from UrBanter – spoken word and soundscapes + electronic gizmos from Anita Govan and drummer/vocalist Paul Mills.
- Tuesday 22nd March, 8 – 11pm. Forest Café, Bristo Place, Edinburgh. FREE. INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC, featuring NUALA WATT and ZORRAS. The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place in the main room of the Forest every fourth Tuesday. It’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity. It is big and celebratory and welcoming and fun. Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and be sure of a slot, and check their website at http://inkyfingersedinburgh.wordpress.com for more details.
- Sunday 27th March, 2 – 4pm. Bristo Hall @ Forest Café, Edinburgh. FREE. INKY FINGERS WORDLAB a new series of workshops for writers and performers launching with an open session from ZORRAS! “Poetry with Music and Film: BEYOND RANDOM MULTIMEDIA“. Inky Fingers is launching a new series of special free workshops, where the best of local and national writing and performing talent will be sharing their skills. Each month, one of our open mic feature perfroemrs will be running a workshop to stimulate your brains and help you expand the horizons of your writing and performance.
- Wednesday 30th March. 7-10:30pm. FREE. Downstairs at The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry St, Edinburgh. this collection FRIENDLY POETRY SLAM. thiscollection.org is throwing its first ever poetry slam — but forget what you’ve seen and heard before. This is a friendly slam — all styles, personalities and poetics are welcome. No scary judging panel, no howling audience whooping extra loud for their friends. Each poet will be scored by the other poets performing. Every poet gets a scorecard, and marks their fellow performers out of 30 (marks out of 10 for content, delivery and each scorer’s personal response). Scoring will be ANONYMOUS as scorecards will be collected and tallied by an adjudicator after each round. All poets — including finalists and eliminated poets — will give scores on all three rounds. Please note, poets can’t score themselves! The bill is filling fast so write on the wall below or drop a line to email@example.com asap.
- Saturday, 2 April. Doors 7pm/Show 8pm. Forest Café, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh. Entry By Donation. Cachín Cachán Cachunga! A Queer & Trans Night of Dance, Film, Poetry & Music. Performances by the insecurity front, Anna Le, Ste McCabe, Scragfight, Diane Torr, Zorras and Lily. Short Films by sharlene bamboat, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell,and The Paraffins featuring Miss Leggy Pee. Dance, film, poetry and music at its best – with a queer and trans twist! About the event:http://www.list.co.uk/article/26863-cachin-cachan-cachunga/
- April 10th. The Arches, Glasgow. 4-6pm, £4 a ticket. Words Per Minute. Doug Johnstone is reading from his new book, Smokeheads. More acts TBC closer to the date, but you don’t want to miss this guy! (If you do though – shame – he’s got more events on in the coming months, including a reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.)
- Tuesday 12 April, 6.30pm. FREE but booking essential (call Annie Bell 0131 242 8046 or email). Boardroom, Central Library, George IV Bridge. Ryan’s ‘Desert Island Poems’ Our Reader in Residence, Ryan Van Winkle, and friends share favourite poems in a multimedia extravaganza… performance poet Harry Giles, master of scifi poetry Russell Jones, and SPL’s own Peggy Hughes.
- 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 http://www.nls.uk/events 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.
- 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 www.theistanbulreview.com All submission should be sent to email@example.com
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: http://gg.tigweb.org/tig/deforestaction