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Sally Evans ? List of publications and performances Started Jan 2007. from Nov 2006 and retro to earlier 2006 (not before 2006) what I can remember. However I will list my books from earlier dates at the end of the list when I get time. I need this list mainly to prevent duplication and prevent losing track of things, but also for reassurance that I am achieving a reasonable amount . It is all too easy to forget to send things out if you dont keep an eye on your public output. This will usually be a hidden page, unless you happen to browse the site while I am using it. _________________________________________________________________________________ 2009 Chapman, article about Angus Calder. Poem i.m. Adrian Mitchell (Markings) last entries on new work old site: Two Letters to Horace: Best Scottish Poems 2008 November 08: Three poems in Northwords Now: The Hazel Thicket filled with wrens, On windswept cliffs, Beyond the Mountains. Sally's tribute to Sketchbook's third year for October 2008 Oct 08: poem: Deadlines, in Piece Work, anthology by PK poets free to download on PK poetry list Oct 08: True story in Days Like These, on SBT website: a very interesting project September 08: Masthead: PoetryEtc anthology: poem At the Antonine Wall 2008 Three poems in Northwords Now. Item on Angus Calder due out in Chapman. Poem (Two letters to Horace): Best Scottish Poems 2008 Stirling Castle poems - e-leaflet Six Stirling Castle Poems: published on desktopsallye end Sept. .................. Nov 08. The Bad Old Days, poem in comic poetry magazine Krax Edinburgh: Half Century Slam: Poetry makes nothing happen (Bear poem). Glasgow: Tchai Ovna. The Bees, and city poems. Sally's tribute to Sketchbook's third year for October 2008 Oct 08: poem: Deadlines, in Piece Work, anthology by PK poets free to download on PK poetry list Oct 08: True story in Days Like These, on SBT website: a very interesting project September 08: Masthead: PoetryEtc anthology: poem At the Antonine Wall October 08: Mitchell Library, Lapidus event: Feminism and a Puppy. Chicago Calling Arts festival: Skype reading with Robert Klein Engler. E-trip to Chicago. Collaboration on desktopsallye. Sept 08: Masthead: PoetryEtc anthology: poem At the Antonine Wall September: a very good page about the Bees in Poetry Comment, by Glyn Pursglove, in Acumen. Festival and Out in the Wilds : Various Artists (11.9) festival also published on desktopsallye Chanterelles: on PS website, Callander feedback page. [The Scullery Maid: recorded with photographs and interview, L.A.B. / BBC Scotland as part of Stirling Castle project..] August: New poems: Pond and Townscape on Bolts of Silk readings through 2008 Spring/summer, below, all mainly The Bees. July 29th Balquhidder Book Festival reading June: Nairn Book Festival, reading Reading: Great Grog. from Canto 2, the Bees. Aberdeen Wordfringe: read the same sectoin (had practised it quite a lot as the continuous reading is not so easy as short poems, its more like reading prose). End March : The Bees, A Fantasy of The Bees and an Elephant Artist in the Highlands, illustrated by Reinhard Behrens, diehard poetry in Landscape. 84 pages inc 9 full page illustrations (?6.50) Begging Peacock, Dunfermline, previously published in Zed 20, March 2007, now included in Fife Anthology by Birlinn Books. Skeins of Geese: StAnza 100 poets anthology. My contribution is The Birds Chorus from Aristophanes. Bolts of Silk : That Moment. (about a deer crossing a river)Brooch found at Redcar. Cape Wrath: (for Poly-Alba) posted on facebook group Poetry Scotland, which counts as publication. Also ran the poem past Stirling Writers. March: Chester reading, launch of CD. Non existent Gaelic poem (for the Welsh poets there) etc Newcastle Amnesty Reading: from Great North Road March: StAnza reading: from Bewick, Great North Road and short passages from The Bees. At Jazz slam: Nume de Plom. Skeins of Geese: StAnza 100 poets anthology. My contribution is The Birds Chorus from Aristophanes. Bolts of Silk: That Moment (March) February 2008. Sketchbook: Report from Scotland: Tea gown or shawls? Bolts of Silk: Bolts found at Redcar (Feb) 2007 looks rather a quiet year on acceptances, but a lot of work has gone on trying to find homes for longer items, also with diehard publishing and there's also StAnza reading to come next spring. November 2007. Three good reviews of Great North Road, in NorthWords, Stirling Observer and Various Artists email magazine. October 2007: Sketchbook webzine: report from Callander, giving account of the visit to Cape Wrath. in StAnza Anthology of 100 poets: Bird Chorus from Aristophanes Published uncollected since Great North Road:- Highland Games Leading to women poets in coloured dress I will give you my Uncle September 2007, The Great North Road, Windfall chapbook 43 pp. Sept 2007 Letter in Acumen about Kenneth Steven's work and Gaelic poets in Scotland. Sept 2007. Callander Garden Readings: Letters to Horace, The Garden Sleeper, On the Bridge (Niall Gordan), I Will Give You my Uncle, The Broadband connection that Jack Built. Sept 2007 Real Thistles again used in Herald (second time). Aug on Various Artists, Julian and the Highland Games....get correct title Aug 2007 I Will Give You My Uncle, poem posted in Main Street, Gatehouse of Fleet during peace writing festival. July, at Liverpool, PK list get together, Broadband connection that Jack Built July 2007, "Sally's Pamphlet"' early memories of the Knight and Evans families, for private circulation. Numbered and signed copies. Summer 2007 The Launde Bag, in Second Light Newsletter. The Sonnet in the Garden, plus one other, probably Leading to women poets in coloured clothes. June 2007 letter in Poetry Monthly, involved a row about spiteful reviews. May 2007 Slam reading Edinburgh, Nume de Plom and In the Sticks May 2007 Pushing out the Boat (Aberdeen) 2 poems: Meconopsis, Rescue Squad. April 2007 Launde Abbey, Second Light reading. Barley Straw, Looking Back, and the new Slam poem 89 year old Poet wins the Slam. April 2007 Triptych leaflet, A Launde Abbey Handsel. Contains 6 recent poems, most published on the web. March 2007 End of the Sixties. Chanticleer No 16. Poem written to theme of issue, accepted by editor while staying with us! Not such a cinch as it sounds, cos Richard turned down my last three offered. March 07 Translation of poems by Christopher Whyte, on AboutChristopherWhyte. The Chinese Beetle, and From an Unwritten Book March 2007 StAnza Slam Win: The Broadband connection that Jack Built. (Poem for round: Translation of a non-existent Gaelic poem) March 2007 StAnza 100 Poets Reading: Aristophanes Birds Chorus (translation) March 2007 a sensational article about Ian and myself, by Helena Nelson, in Sphinx No.6 Feb 2007 Report from Callander: in the Outlaw poets' February Sketchbook February 2007 Zed 20, four poems: Dornoch Cathedral, Pheasant on cornstraw, Begging Peacock, Scots Corner. Jan 07 Ten January Lines, poem on Various Artists email mag. End Dec 2006 Sketchbook webzine: Report from Callander, Scotland, text and 3 haiku with photo of Callander at night. 3 haiku for Liz Price's photos though Liz' photos are not there. End Dec 2006 Poetry cartoon in Sphinx paper mag Nov 2006 Introducing the Mouseman in Poetry Cafe paper mag Performance: Nov 06 Stirling SCoP "Home Poets"(Gaelic Tr poem, on Kessog's Hill, smart and pretty room... ) Oct 06 Sound Interview by Jennie Renton in Textualities Webzine with abstract on webpages. Mainly about diehard and the bookshops. End Sep 06 Stirling Book Festival: compered and read in local poetry event, Tolbooth Stirling.(Barley Straw and poe ms about this area, Stag etc from Bewick.) End Sep 06 Talk at Poetry Library Magazine Day: Things I Dont have a Problem With. Earlier 2006 (when I recall) Meeting the Mouseman in Putting Out the Boat Council paper mag 3 poems in Webzine Bolts of Silk: Whitby jet, plus two others Several poems on Various Artists email magazine Real Thistles: Poem and notes on SAC website for July 2006. This poem was in the Perthshire poetry anthology but also in Bewick. Its connection with Les Murray gave it some extra kick (I didnt choose it). Notice: Microsoft has no responsibility for the content featured in this group. Click here for more info. MSN - Make it Your Home MSN Home | Hotmail | Web Search | Shopping | Money | People & Groups Help ?2004 Microsoft Corporation. A MILLENNIAL We had some very good reviews for this extensive poem - based on Pearl the poet, Alfred - who was Alfred? - and the Muse, as they career round England, well mainly England, on a poetic quest. The book came out by chance just as William Oxley and Sebastian Barker decided to start a Long Poem Group to air people's feelings about long poems, and I had some great adventures and met many "long poets" as a result - Fred Beake, William & Sebastian, Hilary Davies, John Gurney & indirecty Eddie Linden. Early in this saga I had a letter from Sebastian Barker asking if I had ever met Joy Hendry or Tessa Ransford? Ian and I, who had grabbed our mail en route for a drive up country, stopped in the Sma' Glen to read the letter, where we sat and laughed till we cried, at this innocent question. I can't now remember why I started to write this poem, but having started, it was finished with toil and sweat, and we did think in 1995 that there was something special about the millennium. Looking back, it was rather a good poem. Millennial (Opening) Words are poised to pour downhill, Sandgrain spores of minimal will arriving from the very top tumble in arrowed fleck and frill on liquid grasses lest they stop till words link sunshine and rainfall Time bright Einstein bent fall still Space enter its own Great Hall to warp the view from Saturn and Mars of a world coloured with human ill where funfair suns tour skies in cars.... Mark the blue watermeadows, trees, rivers and oceans, dark green seas... thunder eclipse all meteors meteors explode on moons and dophins play round sailing ships on sudden rainbow afternoons. Millennial (End) There are more here in 2000 than there were in the year 1000. We cross this winter solstice line to 365 days of carousing, bells and singing, rice and wine... and the unmindful sun is setting, seabirds flying round the globe, spiders leave their lacy fretting, gorgeous butterflies disrobe, creatures of such strange design scietists can barely probe, plants and people, minds and men, exactly ten times ten times ten, through four seasons grow and wilt on the earth's close-counted tilt while a thousand years untwine. Insects chirp, the seas make song. To us alone such thoughts belong. ...and 100+ pages of that not-quite-mock, tongue in cheek heroic verse in between. In The Bees I contradict that last line, and give animals absolute equality with us. Reviews & comments "I was soon drawn into the poem's energy, and the poet's exuberance...The main interest of the book soon becomes the poet, her comments and ideas, and her multifarious imagination."John Gurney, Long Poem Group Newsletter "A sparky novella in a wonderfully lolloping metre" Robin Bell, Books in Scotland. "It's too long." - John Cargill Thompson. "You are right to publish it because it is good." - Richard Livermore. There was one review that really freaked me out, because it identified a "deeper tone" in a passage I had imported into the book from an old, unpublished poem - buit I'll tell that story another time. GREAT NORTH ROAD Reviews Another generous review (Sphinx online No 8, Chapbook reviews) by Sue Butler who says Sally's language 'captures the atmosphere of these often isolated... wild, wet landscapes' and describes them as 'quiet, resolute, rooted-in-the-landscape poems.' And a more mixed review from Fred Beake in Acumen, who stated my age (wrongly) and liked the poem about Horace best. Quite often the problem with a new book is just no reviews on the horizon, but this time I seem to be fairly lucky, - or the independent poetry world has begun to get its act in better order. Not only have I prospect of several reviews: three have come in on successive days, and they are overwhelmingly generous. What have I done to deserve this? Maybe just been around long enough, till people have got used to how I write. (Somebody else once made that observation. Wish I could remember who!) The first is by Daisy MacKenzie in NorthWords. Quote: ....a rich sense of the person who wrote these poems...a live sense of the hidden history of place...The Shrine section is a highlight, for the poems' quality of observation and the intelligent and disciplined imagination they display. - NorthWords Daisy MacKenzie also singled out Blaeberries as a favourite, as Elizabeth Rimmer did. I had already selected this poem for the StAnza website. The second review is by Tom Phillips in Various Artists. I am told it contains Cambridge close reading techniques, and I am honoured to have my work the subject of such an able peice of writing. Having just learnt to copy and paste on this system, for the moment I will give it below in full. It is not the first time I've been cast as Wordsworthian! but there is a great deal of feedback to think about in it. I'm copying it just further down. And the third, most unexpected of all, is the Stirling Observer, where Gregor White has shown a real interest both in The Great North Road, and Ian Blake's Windfall Waiting for Ginger Rogers...ah well you know what Doris Lessing said about the Nobel Prize...she'd been waiting for it so long that when it came she just thought, Right. Gregor said something about depth and meaning behind apparent lists of observations, and he added it was "a collection that demands to be read and re-read." VARIOUS ARTISTS REVIEW: Setting the patterns right REVIEW BY TOM PHILLIPS Sally Evans The Great North Road (Poetry Scotland/diehard, ?3, ISSN 1460-681X (W4)) The fourth in Poetry Scotland/diehard?s Windfall series of chapbooks, Sally Evans? The Great North Road opens with what could be taken as a kind of ?signature? piece. Understated but precise, ?Barley Straw? recounts a brief visit to a pond. The scene is sketched in simply enough, the repetitions and flat statements seeming almost anti-poetic. "I turn a corner and walk down to a pond," says Evans conversationally, and even an autumnal maple - described unforthcomingly as "a very beautiful tree" - is merely "turning? green to red,/some leaves green, some red, some brindled". It?s a deliberate, Wordsworthian plainness. That "brindled", though, is a clue, a hinge on which the poem unobtrusively swings towards a different register. Alliteration appears - "I push gently past it to place in the pond" - as do trails of assonance and half-rhyme - "straw,/stalks?. shorn,/no one", "memory? property", "muddied? murkiness? midway? minnow". In other hands, perhaps, these could have just been tricks, a bit of Heaney-esque flash, but Evans deploys them with a subtlety which evidences a real appreciation for the warp and weft of the language and which, as it were, enacts the poem?s surface theme of seeing into "muddied depths". "Enlightenment/becomes possible again" in even "unimportant water"; much the same could be said, it seems, of "unimportant" words. Evans evokes a similar sense of what lies beneath in other poems in the collection. Watching hares, she thinks of the "gods/and Romans" who once occupied the same field; in ?Rescue Squad? she?s "raking around in coffin dust/to hand them back a word"; and in ?The Shrine? - a longer but, again, deceptively prose-y piece - we?re taken into "spring?s first haunting emptiness" and the druidic traces of "a civilisation a long/time in the past, or perhaps? a/civilisation a long time in the future". There is, too, a strong sense of place (?Greta Bridge?, ?Aultbea?), a celebration of overlooked biographies (?Frank Graham?s North Country?, the ?Mouseman? poems) and some crackling thoughts on the white-male-dominated literature industry (?Two Letters To Horace?, ?Old Poet?, ?Intellectual Property?). Looked at coldly, perhaps, none of this is unfamiliar territory. Poets have been throwing things in ponds, responding to other artworks (?The Angel of the North?) and booming their own habit (?The Sonnet in the Garden?) for centuries. You?ll find dozens of contemporary chapbooks out there flirting with similar themes. What ensures that Evans? collection stands out from the pack, however, is? well, the only word for it is one that?s been unjustly denigrated, craft. On the one hand, there?s the relishing of language?s possibilities - those assonances, alliterations and half-rhymes in ?Barley Straw?, for example, or the spat-out monosyllables of ?Frost?. On the other, there?s a sense of working within and sometimes against a tradition. Traces of Wordsworth, Hardy, Yeats, Larkin and Plath aren?t hard to find and there?s even a translation from Aristophanes?s ?The Birds? to round things off. At the end of ?Word Gales?, Evans talks of "the will of scribes who write/to pick up driftwood words from storms,/set patterns right". Clearly, as Louis MacNeice would have it, she is one of ?the makers?. (Tom Phillips) Peer Pronouncements Sparkling and a marvellously varied selection of truly interesting and highly individual poems - technically adventurous too Ian Blake Just read your book, which I loved, especially the sequence on the trees and druids. Deborah Tyler-Bennett The language is so sensitive and supple. I liked Garden Sleeper and Blaeberries especially, but also the piece about the shrine, which I shall have to think about a lot, and also the funny ones. Elizabeth Rimmer Well up to your usual high standards. Tony Lewis Jones So.... Another book cleared from my backlog thanks to the new diehard series, which is helping a number of poets get recent work out into the arena. True, most of these poems have been published already in magazines, but they were scattered and impossible to find. I couldnt find all of them myself when I tried to put them together, even though they are post 2000. I had a terribly difficult hunt for some of them, though I located all those that I wanted in the end. The poems are set in Scotland and England, as usual, mainly the north, though there are a couple of London poems and one about Cardiff. From Aultbea, Kyle and Dornoch we move down to northern England, via Greta Bridge, Whitby Jet, and two poems about the Mouseman, woodcarver Robert Thompson of Kilburn. Then there's The Shrine, a six page poetic prose account of a special experience, which narrowly escaped publication in a longer form. The version in The Great North Road, obviously, is how I want it. It's followed by the Wordfall villanelle which I finally got right for the occasion. Towards the end of the book, some poems on slightly more literary themes start to infiltrate the travel and outdoor ones, and it ends with two translations - appropriately from Gaelic and from Greek. I'm very happy with the design. It's a satisfying book, not a fix ? I feel a bit like the host sleeping in the guest bedroom, to make sure these books are good enough for the other diehard authors. LOOKING FOR SCOTLAND Two German /Austrian Eng Lit scholars, Wolfgang Goertschacher and James Hogg, had published an extensive series of Eng Lit criticism and British poetry at the Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik at the University of Salzburg. Among their specialisms was the long poem genre, and I heard members of the Long Poem Group talking about James and Wolfgang. I was looking for a poetry publisher and I thought I would try my hand. (An ear to the ground!) Wolfgang also specialises in British Little Magazines. He has produced at least two editions of an astonishing book about the magazines and editors of the small press world. James Hogg kept parrots, and had connections with monkdom though he had escaped and got married. He liked my poems, and published them with amazing speed, incorporating a series of long-short poems which I sent over in a flurry when I realised he was going to go ahead. This book was published just as a contingent of Scottish poetry editors ? not including me, it was just before PS began ? converged on Salzburg for a conference. The Salzburg imprint included many poets well known in the small press world, whose work was not necessarily of establishment type, but had individual voice, including Peter Russell (who lived in Italy), John Gurney, William Oxley & Steve Sneyd. It was a welcome contribution to British Poetry. Looking for Scotland includes Fishing in Gairloch, the Five Time Poems, plus a selection of short poems covering a long time scale, and it finishes with the sequence Looking for Scotland ? whose ideas I was later to further explore by using the persona of Bewick. From Oh Give me Dreams Any Day, one of the Time Poems They speak again, like youth and daisies, rise like religions and subside like dough left too long, before the baking. They catch people who are busy putting up d-i-y extensions or demolishing caved-in sheds. They are dreams and memories of dreams. Oh give me dreams any day, they speak again like youth and daisies, rise like religions and subside like dough left too long, before the baking. Its a repeat, but the rhythm changes between the two stanzas. Here's one of the short poems - then highly topical, bringing Hamish Henderson and Nelson Mandela together: MEETING MANDELA 10.7.96 London I met Mandela in the Strand as near to me as you now stand, in a Royal visitor's car with motorbikes on every hand and agents everywhere. I met Mandela, for he smiled. Welcome, Mandela! I went wild ? Great to see you! Very good! as round me the policemen stood and no-one interfered. The traffic was held up, perhaps. It was a great security lapse. The other Nelson just in view, I made friends with Mandela through the window of the car. There's a world leader: Here am I ? We both can smile, we both can cry, and then the traffic moved again and I went on, my head held high for I had met Mandela. And as at last I moved along I thought of Hamish Henderson singing Free Mandela Free Mandela as his opening song of every revelry. He still sings Free Mandela though the man is high up who was low, and I'll tell Hamish Henderson and everybody else I know I met Mandela. [ I did tell Hamish Henderson, later, and read the poem, I think it was in the Western Hotel, and he just looked at me, rather puzzled. ] Reviews & mentions "The wonderful Fishing in Gairloch" - Richard Livermore. "I prefer the more focussed poems such as Gold Finishing" ?Edwin Morgan "Richard Livermore pinpoints a "cheeky" quality in the poems....she displays a sense of humour all her own. Her humour shines with a humane decency also evident in the poetry of Bidgood, Joseph and Rumens." ? Mario Relich, Lines Review. Notice: Microsoft has no responsibility for the content featured in this group. Click here for more info. MSN - Make it Your Home MSN Home | Hotmail | Web Search | Shopping | Money | People & Groups Help ?2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use Advertise TRUSTe Approved Privacy Statement The Great North Road is newly launched (as part of the Windfall series) at this year's Callander Poetry Weekend. The Great North Road is self edited, but I now have a lot of experience of editing (and rejecting) poems in books, not to mention arranging 51 Poetry Scotlands. In my own defence I have thanked the editors of no less than 22 magazines and webzines for publishing nearly all the poems. Get The Great North Road, 43pp, for ?3 post free from diehard at Callander and ask about the other books in the Windfall Chapbooks series. Notice: Microsoft has no responsibility for the content featured in this group. Click here for more info. MSN - Make it Your Home MSN Home | Hotmail | Web Search | Shopping | Money | People & Groups Help ?2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of 'Bewick' appears in TV film A friend emails: I was watching the programme about Big Angus [Aonghas MacNeacail] last night. Although it was in Gaelic I thought it was a beautiful film. Anyway, at one point there was a shot of him writing at his desk, and one of the books thereon was 'Bewick Walks to Scotland'. I thought you'd like to know that. [14 Sept 07] "As though he were an oak tree / come to life." The Stag engraving, above, from the cover of the book. My favourite places in the North of England and Scotland are not so very different: hills, rivers, waterfalls, woodland and seas. I tend to write about the natural world, and in this book, Bewick Walks to Scotland, I brought together a lot of my interests and the places that matter to me, through the voice of Thomas Bewick the engraver as he took a daunder from Cherryburn, his home in the Tyne Valley, through Northumberland, the Borders and round Central Scotland one summer. He probably came past our doorway in Callander in 1776, down the village street with the burns running over it every few hundred yards, past the slate-roofed cottages which so surprised visitors - we had our own slate quarry on the brae. I'm going to make you read the rest in the book! Brampton has always seemed a strange, appealing town in the "debatable lands" area, & John Foster made the best Scottish violins there. We saw great beech trees growing in sand hills, from which good violin wood could be had. The book finishes with shorter poems mostly on nature themes. The last poem, The Ends of Roads, was first published in Pete Mortimer's Tyneside publication Iron. It starts I love the ends of roads that peter out on proms, circle round a tea-shop closed half the year, suddenly become private where an old casement swings or a jeep is parked... The Bewick sequence was first published by Angus Dunn at Northwords. Reviews & mentions "A subtle double presence in some of the Bewick poems" - James Aitchison Review by Polly Bird: "A visually entrancing book...Evans' work had a rolling richness to it that complements Bewick's detaield and precise illustrations. She managed to capture not only the pleasure but the bleakness of the northern landscape...A satisfying and intelligent collection." "I read most of it sat at the end of the old pier at Broadford..I suspect that Bewick's tour of Scotland gave you a vehicle to obliquely say something about yourself and your very different backgrounds - Wales, Tyneside and Scotland...Manages to integrate landscape description with the technical language of the engraver's art." Ian M Emberson "Such a good book." ? Angus Calder "Painstaking observations made as if with Bewick's eyes combine to bring an eighteenth century timbre to a distinctive modern voice...her naturalist's eye creates vivid image...she also manages to leave space for the reader"Wendy French (Second Light Newsletter) "Portrays very well indeed the picture of a young man setting out with serendipity on an unknown journey.....Accurately and beautifully described."Margaret Gillies Brown "Combinations of genuine talent that compliment each other are rare. 'Bewick Walks To Scotland' by Sally Evans, the editor of Poetry Scotland, is a book that includes illustrations from the wood engravings of Thomas Bewick, the Newcastle engraver (1753 - 1828) and is proof that talent even if separated by a lengthy period of time can be very exciting and rewarding when combined." Les Merton, Writing Writers review On-Line "There's humour too - I must single out 'Translation of a Non-Existent Gaelic Poem'. This is a very funny rendering into English of Gaelic forms of speech. I feel certain Sorley would have enjoyed it. Here's a brief extract: It was in my expectation you would listen to my poem's music, that is why I wrote the bloody thing, striving in my workshop with quern, loom and distaff " Colin Will, PS website... [also Lesley Duncan,The Herald ? find black book!] [also Chapman. Unintelligible though not hostile.] BOOKINGS Events, performances and readings include: 2008: StAnza, March 2008. Amnesty Poetry Reading, Newcastle. March 2008 Shotton, near Chester, Poetry Scotland Reading March 2008 Aberdeen Wordfest, May 2008. Nairn Festival, June 2008. Balquhidder Book Festival, June 2008 Stirling University Conference on Poetry and Translation: paper on C Whyte. July. 2007: Durness John Lennon Festival, including poetry at Cape Wrath with Michael Horovitz. Hosted Callander Poetry Weekend, September 2007. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Poetry Kit event, summer 2007. Stirling Centre of Poetry, Stirling University: Home Grown Poets reading. StAnza 2007, read in 100 poets reading, also won StAnza slam. Talk as part of Magazine Day, Scottish Poetry Library, Autumn 2006. Amnesty Poetry Reading, Newcastle. Autumn 2006 Word Birds:Aberdeen Literary Festival (Wordfringe), May 2006.. "Thanks for the Word Birds performance - it really was a performance, rather than just people reading poems, and that for me made it one of the best events in Wordfringe." ? Haworth Hodgkinson, Wordfringe Festival Director If you'd like to book POETRY SCOTLAND, we can fix you a mix of poets locally anywhere in Scotland or perhaps beyond. Lower down this page you will find more events I have taken part in. I have also introduced poets and arranged all sorts of occasions to do with poetry, editing and writing. I have judged poetry competitions too - which is pretty hard work, as anyone who has done it will tell you. I organise and host the Callander Poetry Weekend each September. I was the first holder, for 2005, of the Poetry Kit's Ted Slade Award for Service to Poetry. To get WORD BIRDS, email Sue VIckerman Poetry readings at: Stirling (SCoP), StAnza 07 (100 poets event) Callander Garden Readings, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Courtyard Readings, Poetry Association Scotland, Poems & Pints, Christopher North, Women Live, Fruitmarket Gallery, Western Bar & the Old Travers etc, Selkirk, St Andrews, Wick, Oxford, Ledbury Festival with the Long Poem Group, Liverpool Garden Festival, Morden Tower, Newcastle, Lit & Phil Newcastle, High Level Bridge etc, Arrowhead Poets Tour, etc. Poetry Introductions at Stirling Book Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Stirling University Poetry Conference (Wild Women Poets), Oban (The Mod!), Grindles in Edinburgh and Callander Poetry Festivals. Talks on poetry, editing, etc at StAnza , Scottish Writers Association Conference, Livingstone Writers Group, Jean Sergeant Poetry Group during their week at Millport, Cumbrae, Ayr Writers Club, Stirling Adult Literacy, etc. Prize presentation at the wonderful, and now defunct Scottish International Open Poetry Competition in Ayrshire. "Learned and sensitive at the same time, her poetry achieves rhythmic precision while leaving room for spontaneity." - Christopher Whyte Anthologies and Magazines This selection is now being updated, since the majority of the poems that were here are included in The Great North Road. MP3 of "Sally's Train Poem" On the Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Line with sounds and music by Liz Price. I think this is one of the tracks on our PS disk available next spring [trying to get this linked in] MP3 Interview with Sally in Textualities online magazine [MP3 button at the foot of the intro page] PERFORMANCE POEM: This won me the StAnza slam 07, and almost certainly the reading at StAnza in 2008 (though I was in the queue at the door.) It's a real performance poem: it appealed to the moment, when everyone was trying to get on Broadband, or had just got there, and it goes down surprisingly well with audiences - in 2007. I's topical and I wouldnt let it live too long, and it's also near impossible to present on the page. You'll see. THE BROADBAND CONNECTION THAT JACK BUILT This is the dax that gets in the way of my dial-up. This is the pole that carries the dax that gets in the way of my dial-up. This is the man that goes up the pole that carries the dax that gets in my way of my dial-up. ....This is the postman in the morn / who delivers the parcel all tattered and torn / that contains the router and plugs and cable / that lie in a clutter all over the table, / sent by the lady so friendly and kind / at the end of the menu to go on broadband, / that answers the number I have to phone, / advised by the man that goes up the pole / that carries the dax / that gets in the way of my dial-up. ANGEL OF THE NORTH When the Tyneside colossus was newly constructed (some time in the last century) Gerald England published this in the early webzine Zimmerzine. It is now available on archive here: The Angel of the North. GOING FOR A SPIN This is one of my earlier net poems & tailored to the subject. Hope you like puns. Writeaway, edited by Tim Jarvis, is at (there are unrelated sites with very similar names). Going for a Spin is here BASIL'S LAND First published in Briggflatts Visited, an anthology of poems about Basil Bunting, reissued in the revised Briggflatts Revisited, and now on One way and another it's been well and truly in print, which is all you can ask of a poem, really. The National Museum of Scotland published two collections of poetry by Scottish poets - the first on artefacts in the Museum. The second, more adventurously, called for poems on "The Diaspora" - a Scottish term for national emigration. At first I thought, this is not for a long term incomer such as myself. But then I thought, wait a minute - where are my children? One was in the Seychelles, one was at a university research station in outer London. This poem was the result. Lynda Ann Frame at the Edinburgh School of Art made it into a poster . A SCOTS FAMILY, 1999 The young man, leaving by air: a brisk wave at the turnstile, a safe arrival on a sandy airstrip where dawn and dusk are regular all year. His sister, in London: one among hordes of pretty post-graduates picking fruit and books at Charing Cross, not yet ready to return. And now their parents: suddenly not so young, locking their car and walking down the pavement very slowly to the polling station. You may notice this poem has hendecasyllabic rhythms. This is a delicate rhythmic option for a quietly emotional poem. It goes dah-di-da-di dee,diddle-di dah-di-dee or variants, and you find it in Horace and Sappho. PC Version of Upon Westminster Bridge This one was in Chapman, another magazine with which I have a long relationship. It had Joy and her current assistant in hysterics, apparently, which is as good reason for publishing anything as I can think of. Some like it, some don't, as I know from an email list.