Scottish Poetry Library: Launch Poetry London 100th edition
Friday 29th October, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichtons Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT
Event by Poetry London
Please join the Scottish launch of Poetry London’s 100th issue, marking 33 years in print as one of the leading international poetry magazines.
With Niall Campbell, André Naffis-Sahely and Ellen McAteer
Special guest, Niall Campbell, one of Scotland’s leading younger poets, and winner of the 2013 Poetry London Prize, will be in conversation with Editor André Naffis-Sahely and reading from his collections Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and Noctuary (Bloodaxe Books, 2019). Also reading her own work and favourite poems from the 100th issue will be Ellen McAteer, General Manager of Poetry London.
This event will include live BSL interpretation.
Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He has been recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, both in 2011. Moontide, his first full collection (Bloodaxe, 2014) was the inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and received the Saltire First Book of the Year, both in 2014. It was also shortlisted for both The Forward and The Aldeburgh prizes for Best First Collection, and given a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. First Nights, selections from Moontide with some new poems, was published in the United States in 2016 as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His second collection Noctuary (Bloodaxe, 2019) was nominated for the Forward Prize. He is currently writing a first libretto for an opera in collaboration with composer Anna Appleby.
André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2020). His work as a literary translator includes titles by Balzac, Zola, Frankétienne, Abdellatif Laâbi and Tahar Ben Jelloun. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College and UCLA, where he was the Author in Residence, and he is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis. He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His second collection, High Desert, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2022.
Ellen McAteer, a poet and songwriter, is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and on the Editorial Board of Gutter magazine. Her poetry pamphlet Honesty Mirror, published by Red Squirrel, won First Prize in the New Writer magazine pamphlet competition judged by Helen Mort. She won the 2017 Waterstones’ Refugee Week Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Baker Prize. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and on the University of Oxford Creative Writing MSt, a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC Download competition.
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