Wednesday 1 October – 6.00 pm
North St, Glasgow G3 7DN
Join us on 1 October 2014 at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library for an evening of poetry celebrating the Next Generation Poets 2014.
The event will feature performances from Jen Hadfield and Sam Willetts from the Next Generation Poets 2014. They will be joined by special guests Don Paterson – from 1994’s New Generation – and Glaswegian poet, McGuire.
Free Entry (Booking essential)
To reserve a seat please call 0141 287 2951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland where she works as a poet and writing tutor. Her first collection Almanacs (Bloodaxe, 2005) was written in Shetland and the Western Isles in 2002. Her second collection, Nigh-No-Place (Bloodaxe), won the T S Eliot Prize in 2008. She has also received a Dewar Award to produce a solo exhibition of Shetland ex-votos in the style of sacred Mexican folk art, incorporating rubrics of very short fiction. She won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition in 2012, and her most recent collection is Byssus (Picador, 2013).
Sam Willetts read English at Wadham College, and worked as a teacher, journalist and travel writer but became addicted to heroin at the age of 37. His debut collection, New Light for the Old Dark (2010), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Costa Prize and the T S Eliot Prize, and contains poems about the years he spent homeless and addicted to heroin. Now free of drugs, his work covers everything from his mother’s plight in the Holocaust to his childhood in Oxfordshire.
One of Britain’s most celebrated poets, Don Paterson is the author of six collections. Still the only poet to have won the T S Eliot Prize twice, he is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of both an OBE and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
McGuire: a thin Glaswegian man, touch giddy in the head, sometimes poet of mangled form and dirty prose, sporadic drummer, drunk grammarian, waffler, painter using crayons, lover, hater, learner, teacher, pedestrian, provocateur, wanderer, confronter of shadows, irritating whine. Produced a collection of poetry and short stories – Riddle With Errors – and is currently writing another for release in the coming year or more.