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Pauline Prior Pitt

Saturday April 27th
7.00 for 7.30

Pauline Prior-Pitt’s poems have appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Pick of the Week, With Great Pleasure, and Poetry Please; and on Channel 4, Central, and Carlton Television. Her One Woman Shows attract large audiences in Festivals.

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Reel Festival

March 21st 7.30

Reel Festival: A reception and readings at The Bakehouse for poets from Iraq and around Scotland.

This very special event features Iraqi poetry from Ghareeb Iskander, Sabreen Khadhim, Zahir Mousa, Awezan Nouri with new translations from John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, William Letford and Krystelle Bamford.  Reel Festival will also present short readings for Iraq by your favourite poets from around Scotland including Liz Niven, Tom Pow, Chrys Salt, Hugh McMillan, Elspeth Brown, Donald Adamson, John Hudson, Alan McClure and Angus Macmillan. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Iraqi poets, to engage, to ask questions and to enjoy the riches harvested from translation.

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Stewart Conn

Saturday March 2nd 7.00 for 7.30

Stewart Conn grew up in Ayrshire and has for many years lived in Edinburgh.  From 2002-05 he was the city’s inaugural Makar.  Publications include Ghosts at Cockcrow and The Breakfast Room (Bloodaxe Books) and as editor100 Favourite Scottish Poems and 100 Favourite Scottish Love Poems (Luath Press).

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A C Clarke

Saturday November 24th 7.00  for  7.30
Prize- winning poet A C Clarke has had three full collections published, most recently Fr Meslier’s Confession, inspired by the atheist priest, Jean Meslier (Oversteps Books 2012). Her pamphlet A Natural Curiosity, inspired by Glasgow’s Museum of Anatomy, was shortlisted for this year’s Callum Macdonald award for Pamphlet Poetry.

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Tom Pow - In Another World - Among Europe’s Dying Villages

Saturday April 28th
7.00pm for 7.30pm


Tom Pow is one of Scotland’s finest poets. Dear Alice - Narratives of Madness won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust/Scottish Arts Council Poetry Book of the Year in 2009, the same year In The Becoming - New and Selected Poems was published. Locating the Nest, an exhibition with Lizzie Farey and Hugh Bryden is running at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh from 27 April till 22 July.

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Journeys by sea and land : Ian Stephen

Saturday March 24th 2012

Ian was born on Stornaway and still lives there. He worked for the Coastguard Service for many years but has been a full time writer and artist since winning the first Robert Louis Stevenson Award in 1995.

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The Silent Weaver

Saturday February 25th 2012

The extraordinary Life and Work of Angus MacPhee told in prose, poetry and film
Roger Hutchinson with Chrys Salt, and a film by Joanne B Kaar

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Sheila Blackhall

Burns Night at the Bakehouse

Saturday January 21st 2012

An evening of Rabbie Burns, Love, Death, Spooky Stories and Witchcraft. Sheena is a writer, illustrator, traditional ballad singer and storyteller. From 1998-2003 she was Creative Writing Fellow in Scots at Aberdeen University’s Elphinstone Institute.

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Jo Clifford and John Harrison

Jo Clifford and John Harrison
Saturday November 26th 2011


Jo Clifford is a playwright and performer. She is the author and translator of approx 80 works for every dramatic medium. Her plays include Every One, Faust, Anna Karenina, and Life is a Dream for the Lyceum and Losing Venice, Light in the Village, and Inés de Castro for the Traverse.

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Jonathan Falla

Saturday October 29th 2011

Jonathan reads from his translations of  Pavese, Montale and Velarde including his translations of  Ramón López Velarde, ‘Mexico’s National Poet’ which Markings Publications is launching in its latest Pocket Edition

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Donald Adamson and Friends

Saturday 24th September 2011
Translations of Finnish poems and songs

Donald Adamson is a poet and translator, who taught Creative Writing and Translation Studies in Finnish Universities until his recent retirement. Alongside his own collections, Finnish translations include ‘How to address the fog: Finnish poems 1978-2002’ (Carcanet/Scottish Poetry Library, 2005), and for the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki; also songs for Värttinä (acclaimed Finnish World Music Ensemble).

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