Got no friends? Bored with life? Turn off the oven! Put down the pills! There are many wonderful poetry events you can be a part of, full of (potentially) interesting people and (potentially) free booze. Sounds like heaven? Well it (potentially) is!
Here are a few upcoming poetry readings going on, which just so happen to include me on their rosters...
Event Horizon: January 28th, Deadhead Comics (7:30pm)
Okay I'm not really reading at this one, but I organize and host it. It's a great night of sci-fi performances, and this time around it includes:
An Edwin Morgan SF dialogue poetry performed by actors Debbie Cannon and Sue Gyford.
Short stories from Tracey S Rosenberg.
Live art and discussion from Sara Ljeskovac.
Live music from The Chthulu Brothers.
Plus a raffle, comics, chat and more!
Shore Poets Quiet Slam: January 31st, Outhouse (7pm)
This is a bit like a poetry slam, but without all the yelping and whooping. Poets are judged on the quality of their poem and their delivery, with no marks for audience reaction. I'll be reading something suitably morose. Come watch me lose!
Poetry Gang: Words from Reekie: 4th February, Wash Bar (7:30pm)
Meet the most happenin' hip hop quinet around. With topics ranging from candyfloss to crack, unicorns to unicef. Each poet involved is a current or past PhD Creative Writing candidate at The University of Edinburgh, and they is street, innit. Includes readings from Marianne MacRae, Jonathan Bay, Aileen Ballantyne, Lauren Pope and me. There may also be a guest appearance from a real life mobster. (There won't be.)
Rally & Broad - Ampersand Edition: 19th February, Bongo Club (7pm)
I'll be performing live with the horribly talented Atzi Muramatsu. He'll be responding to my sci-fi comic poem (drawn by the ever impressive Edward Ross), with musical improvisations. It's a night of collaborations which ought to get the veins pumping.
That's all for now, but we're worried about you. Come out once in a while, have a shower, wear clothes...