Tuesday 10th December 2013; 7pm to 8.30pm,
CCA Cinema Room, Glasgow:
An Evening With Jim Carruth
Jim Carruth is one of the founders and current chair of St Mungo’s Mirrorball, a network of Glasgow-based poets. He is also the artistic adviser for StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. Jim’s first collection, Bovine Pastoral, was published in 2004; this was followed by five pamphlet collections, most recently Working the Hill (Mariscat, 2011) and Rider at the Crossing (Happenstance 2012). In 2009, he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and named winner of the James McCash poetry competition. In 2010, Jim released Grace Notes 1959 – a personal response to four classic and ground breaking jazz albums. That year, his work was also showcased in Oxford Poets 2010. Recently, he was joint winner of the McLellan Poetry Prize 2013. As well as his own poetry, Jim will introduce some of his fellow poets from the Mirrorball organisation and elucidate the unique role it has played in Glasgow’s cultural life.
Three Mirrorball protégés will perform their work alongside Jim:
William Bonar grew up in Port Glasgow, and lived in Edinburgh for many years before settling in Glasgow city by 1988. His pamphlet, Frostburn Steel, was published in 2004 by Dreadful Night Press; William’s poems have also been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. In 2008, he gained an MLitt (Distinction) in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, and won the Jura Malt Whisky Prize at the Words Exhibition in the Mitchell Library. William was a participant of the Clydebuilt Mentoring Scheme (2009-10) under the tutelage of Liz Lochhead – a sequence of seven sonnets, from the Cludebuilt cohort, appears in the North Light anthology (Dreadful Night Press, 2012). William’s poem, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg Quintet, originally published in Gutter 06, was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best Scottish Poems of 2012.
Amy Anderson was a member of Clydebuilt 4 in 2010/11, mentored by Gerry Loose. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and her debut pamphlet (Night’s Fresh Velvet) was published in September 2013 by Calder Wood Press. Gerry has said of Amy’s work, “hers is an exciting and new voice”.
Mark Russell‘s debut poetry pamphlet, Pursued by Well-Being, is published by tall-lighthouse. His poetry has also found publication in a variety of journals and anthologies, including The Frogmore Papers, Poetry Salzburg Review, Gutter, Cake, and Bliss (Templar). Mark was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2012. He holds an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and will forever be a St Mungo’s Mirrorball Clydebuilt poet.
Tickets: £6 (£3 for concessions). Free to SWC members.