The Verse Hearse Book Launch Special, 31 March, 2015 The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club

The Verse Hearse Book Launch Special: ‘The Road North’ by Alec Finlay and Ken Cockburn    

31 March, 2015 –8 p.m.

The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club
Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, G12 8QQ

THE VERSE HEARSE (where poetry comes to die)
poetry | booze | banter | open mic | 100% FREE

The verse hearse returns for a very special evening with alec finlay and ken cockburn for the launch of their new book *the road north*, and poetry from gerry loose and kathryn ailes.

Yes that’s right. Four amazing poets for the price of zero. Don’t miss out on this fantastic once-in-a-lifetime event. Plus! The demi-legendary verse hearse open mic session.

8Pm for an 8:30pm (sharp) start.

ALEC FINLAY AND KEN COCKBURN’S *the road north* (2010-11) is a book-length poem describing a journey through Scotland, composed as the poets traveled through their homeland, guided by the Japanese poet Basho, whose *Oku no hosomichi* (Narrow Road to the Deep North) is one of the masterpieces of travel literature. The journey was published as a blog (a collaborative audio & visual word-map at www.theroadnorth.co.uk), poem-audio, describing the landscapes they visited and the people they met, and – now – a book! (event image taken from the book cover – credit to Tomohiko Ogawa)

GERRY LOOSE is a slow-moving nomad who has lived in England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco and now Scotland. Nevertheless, he has published ten collections and received numerous awards, with a new collection *An Oakwoods Almanac* due out June 2015. This evening he will be reading from his most current book, *fault line*.

KATHRYN AILES is a scholar and poet from the U.S. currently based in Glasgow. She is writing her MRes in English at the University of Strathclyde as a US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar, researching pro-independence poetry written for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. As a slam poet, Ailes has performed at venues across Scotland, including with Loud Poets, Inky Fingers, and the High Flight. She recently placed second at the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam Championships and won the 2015 StAnza Slam. She also writes poetry for the page and has recently been published with the Quotidian and Aloud literary magazines

STOP PRESS: unfortunately ALICE TARBUCK is unable to join us this evening, but in her place we have up-and-coming slam sensation KATHRYN AILES. check out her bio above and be sure to get down by 8:30pm to catch her doubtless-electrifying set.

looking fwd to seeing all u crazy VERSE HEARSErs later!

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