There may be some steam rising from Edinbane Community Hall on Tuesday, July 26, when our guest reader takes the floor.
Nick Brooks is a novelist and poet who lives and works in Glasgow. He has twice won a Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) Writer’s Award and most recently, was awarded a grant by the Royal Literary Fund. His first two novels, My Name Is Denise Forrester (2005) and The Good Death (2007), were both published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
His third novel, Indecent Acts (Freight 2014), is reported entirely by the protagonist, Grace, a semi-illiterate 40-something mother from Drumchapel, one of Glasgow’s most notorious schemes. It is written in Grace’s inimitable misspelt patois, with hilarious and moving effect.
Brooks’ latest works include a collection of erotic haiku, called Sexy Haiku (2016 Freight). Dubbed ‘Zen porno’, there is reason we (hope!) to expect some rakish…voluptuous…oh!…that is to say, perhaps riggish material, if not behaviour, from our guest.
A first collection of poetry, The Dog in the Disco, through Dive Buki in Slovakia, is due ‘sometime’. Currently, he is writing a screenplay and more poems.
When not more gainfully employed, Nick is a full-time stalker with a pronounced limp. (Be still our beating…)
Our evening begins at 7 p.m. for 7:30. Non-members, £5. Memberships are always available. Be sure to check out our book table for interesting reads at bargain prices. Copies of our Anthology 2, A Stillness of Mind, may be purchased for £8.50.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact us at email@example.com or message us on Facebook.
Our February guest for the Skye Reading Room is poet Mark O. Goodwin. He will be reading a selection of his work written over the last fifteen years.
His standout publication is Dà Thaobh a’ Bhealaich / The Two Sides of the Pass (Ravens Press, 2009), a collaboration with poet Maoilios Caimbeul. This unique book is a bilingual poetic conversation that takes place from the two sides of Skye’s Trotternish peninsula, with an exchange between two cultures, English-speaking and Gaelic-speaking. It is about the places to which you belong, families and kinship, and ties to the land.
In a 2009 interview, Goodwin stated that one thing that struck him was the great sadness in the Skye landscape and he wanted to find out why. This is interesting, because the poem selected by the Scottish Poetry Library from this book to be included as one of the best of Scottish poetry in 2009, is a delightful, humorous and ironic poem, titled Skye. In it, the narrator is having a relationship with the Isle of Skye:
Skye, are we falling out or is it
that we are spending too much time
in each other’s company…
Tha thu gam chur às no chiall. You’re driving me nuts.
The poet said he tried to make (Skye) ‘a lived and loved place with all the confusions that an incomer might have, especially when feeling a Gaelic word or two in the mouth for the first time’.
Mark O. Goodwin’s poems have appeared in various anthologies, including the Reading Room’s first anthology, Words from an Island. His work has been published in Northwords Now; Literal World Magazine; The Eildon Tree; and Nerve Magazine. He has received numerous special awards and performed at StAnza festivals and others throughout Scotland.
Our Tuesday, February 23rd meeting will convene from 7:00 p.m., at Tigh na Sgire, on Park Lane, in Portree, next to the Community Center.
All are welcome. Entry is free for members; £5 for non-members. Teas and coffees will be available and our Book Stall will offer a variety of good reads for sale.
Mark O. Goodwin’s appearance is partly funded by Live Literature via Scottish Book Trust.
THE READING ROOM PRESENTS
SCOTTISH BOOK WEEK 2015
SKEABOST MEMORIAL HALL
NOVEMBER 25 7:30 PM
POETRY: JAZZ IT UP
THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF
BRIAN JOHNSTONE AND TRIO VERSO
Brian Johnstone with Trio Verso will perform poetry and jazz improv for our Book Week Scotland celebration, which is always a good party. This is sponsored by Scottish Book Trust, so while admittance is free, the entertainment is worth hightailing it to Skeabost Memorial Hall. Take advantage of this opportunity to see Johnstone, a prolific Scottish poet, writer and performer, whose work been translated into more than a dozen European languages, while he continues to maintain a high profile in the Scottish poetry scene as founder, organizer and competition judge.
ALL WELCOME. ENTRY IS FREE.
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We’ve been waiting for Kenneth Steven’s new book of Iona-inspired poems and here it is.
The poet told us that all of the poems in this collection are Haiku-esque, but they don’t intend to be paying formal homage to the genre: ‘These are intended to be little meditations on the island and its story.’
It is a little book, so the price is pretty little too. A single copy, with postage, is £8. Two copies, again with postage, will be £15, and three £20. This lovely gem would be a special gift for yourself and/or friends.
Correspondence and payment may be mailed to Kenneth Steven at the address below or go to his web page. Let him know dedications you might like him to write and please include your home address to make things easier and swifter for him.