We're honoured to host the first date on Rachel and Caroline's tour, as they launch their first and fifth collections respectively. They will be supported by stellar local poet Helen Mort. In These Days Of Prohibition (Carcanet) In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’about the badlands of the human psyche, asking what it is that keeps us living; intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, ‘revving on a wish’. Caroline in an Eric Gregory Award-winning poet and is currently working with the Old Vic. 'What an original captivating and spellbinding voice. Bird is fearless like 'the girl who dropped her ice-cream down a volcano and leaped in after it'. She is dangerous and witty too with a rare quality of imagination. This is a wonder...' Lemn Sissay The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate (Freight) Recognised as one of Scotland's highest profile poets and performers and co-founder of cult spoken word night Rally & Broad, Rachel McCrum's first collections asks what happens when we raise our voices? What happens when we are no longer heard? Rachel's first pamphlet won a Callum MacDonald Award, and she was BBC Scotland's first ever poet-in-residence. ‘This is angry poetry, hungry poetry but never lean, mean poetry... this is poetry that performs itself on the page out loud and proud – then can turn on a sixpence and stop the heart with a sudden, spare moment of naked vulnerability and tenderness.’ Liz Lochhead ...
August 31, 2017, 7:00 pm
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