Looks like a busy couple of weeks, as far as live poetry goes. On this Thursday, 5th March from 7pm, I’m reading at St Mungo’s Mirrorball in Glasgow along with Andrew Philip and Robin Cairns. This will be the first reading that Andy and I will have done, new books in hand. You can currently read a poem from each book at Andy’s blog. Robin Cairns is a humorous performance poet – on this YouTube video, you can see him in action. Robin is also launching a new book. To say the least, it’s an eclectic programme. We each have very different styles of writing (and reading!), but audiences tend to appreciate variety as long as each component part does its thing well. Should be good!
On Sunday 8th from 8pm, it’s Poetry at the Great Grog with Alexander Hutchison, Paula Jennings, Colin Donati and Nalini Paul.
Then, on Wednesday 11th March from 7pm, Andy and I officially launch our books at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. It’s an open event and we’ll be sharing out the wine with all-comers. As well as wine, there will be crisps and poetry and book-signings and, no doubt, a great party atmosphere.
Finally, on the 20th March, I’m looking forward to the virtual launch of Jee Leong Koh’s ‘Equal to the Earth’. I’m interested in the book itself, which I definitely buy, but also in how it all works. A virtual launch – such a great idea! I might try to have a virtual launch myself if it seems technologically possible for me, as I know plenty of people who won’t be able to make the Scottish dates. I’ll investigate…