Tell it Slant Poetry Bookshop Glasgow

Fleming House, 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6ST

Review by Pat Byrne, Book Launch, Tell it slant, 2nd June, 2014: (Review of A Bird Is Not A Stone /)

A bookshop specialising in poetry in all forms and in all languages: printed, audio and visual, including pamphlets, rare, out-of-print, and second-hand.tellitslant

Tell it slant poetry bookshop opened as part of the Project Cafe collective with Locavore at 134 Renfrew St in April,2014. It’s now firmly established as a favourite spot to browse and chill and lap up some culture.

Music and poetry for sale.

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Tell it Slant sees the result of the dream of Ellen McAteer, Glasgow Writer and Mat Loryman come to fruition. The two are currently busy setting up shop and extending a warm welcome to the poets and poetry afficiandos of Glasgow; their venture has been greeted with enthusiasm and people have been dropping in to buy, donate books and leave their work for sale

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Ellen McAteer explains what led to the opening of the poetry bookshop:

“Mat and I were talking to each other about setting up a bookshop, and Gerry Loose suggested specialising in poetry. Kathrine Sowerby and Sam Tongue and I were discussing it at the fourfold launch, when suddenly a free space became available and it became a reality faster than we could have imagined. The bookshop is just a popup at the moment, but we’ve been given a rent-free space in the new gallery by onecubeortwo cafe in Fleming House on Renfrew Street, just opposite the GFT, until March. The name Tell It Slant, is from the Emily Dickinson poem Tell All The Truth – the name was Kathrine’s idea! ”

Launch Friday 13th December, 2013


“We think we’re going to make it a community interest company, or else a charity, in order to open up funding, as we’re under no illusions this will actually make money! It’s about having a real space for readings, exhibitions and the sale of work. The space is owned by Fleming House, who are letting the onecubeortwo owner Robert Singer (nephew of the poet Jim Burns Singer, and an artist and artisan baker) use the space for free till February. He wants to turn it into an arts space funded by the bakery and catering in the cafe, along the lines of the old-style CCA (when it was the Third Eye). So Robert has kindly let us set up a popup poetry bookshop here for free, and is also letting visual artists use it for exhibitions.

poetry shopLaunch:

“We’re launching officially between 6 and 9pm on Friday the 13th of December – which is also my twins’ 7th birthday! There will be wine and readings start at 7pm. Confirmed readers so far: Kathrine Sowerby, Samuel Tongue, Maggie Rabatski, Martin Law,Shiela Sheila Templeton, Iyad Hayatleh, Salah Ali, Gary Mackenzie ( Garymckenzie Poetry), Chris Agee, The Keith Wright Literary Fellow at Strathclyde, who runs the Literary Lunchtimes at Cafe Gandolfi.”

“We are selling works from all over the world, and all around Scotland, but with a fine representation of Glasgow poetry, including the works of Mr Mirrorball himself, Jim Carruth, who we hope can be persuaded to read as well.”

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