St Mungo Mirrorball Showcase, CCA, 1 February, 2018


Mirrorball showcase, in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library, features Michael Longley reading alongside Rishi DastidarJames McGonigal and Ciara MacLaverty.

The event is on February 1st,2018 at 7pm in the clubroom of the CCA, free to members, guests £7/£4.

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G 3JD

The multi-award winning Irish poet Michael Longley makes a rare visit to Glasgow reading along side rising stars Rishi Dastidar and Ciara MacLaverty.

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939 and has published ten collections of poetry including Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and The Weather in Japan (2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007–2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.

rishi dastidar

Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, and also serves as a chair of the writer development organization Spread The Word. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018.


Ciara MacLaverty has had her poems have published in The Herald, The Scotsman and Gutter. Her first pamphlet, Seats For Landing came out in 2005 and, from it, the poem, Peeled was chosen for Scottish Poem of the Year.Ciara was a Clydebuilt Mentee in 2016 and went on to win a New Writers’ Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2017, culminating in the release of The Tracks They Leave Behind from Tapsalteerie Press.

Recently Ciara’s pamphlet Past Love in the Transport Museum, Tapsalteerie Press, was launched. January 2018

james mcgonigal

James McGonigal is a poet, editor and translator based in Glasgow. He has published on modernist poetry and on Scottish and Irish literature, as well as four pamphlet collections. Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat Press, 2010) won the Michael Marks Award. His full collection is The Camphill Wren (Red Squirrel Press, 2016). A friend and literary executor of Edwin Morgan, he wrote Beyond the Last Dragon: A Life of Edwin Morgan (Sandstone Press, 2012), and co-edited The Midnight Letterbox, a selection of his correspondence 1950–2010 (Carcanet Press, 2015). His website gives samples of his work. His new pamphlet is Turning Over In a Strange Bed (Mariscat Press, 2017).

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