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Women of the Beat Generation

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Note: this event will not be held at the CCA, but two blocks down at The Project Café.

Friday 14th November 2014; 7pm to 8.30pm,
The Project Café, 134 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST, Glasgow:

Women of the Beat Generation
(Presented in Collaboration with Tell It Slant)

Ellen McAteer, poet, singer in Glasgow

Name a Beat writer. Allen Ginsberg? Gregory Corso? Jack Kerouac? Gary Snyder? Peter Orlovsky? How about Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Hettie Jones, Janine Pommy Vega, or Ruth Wiess?

Maggie Graham and Ellen McAteer will read about, and from, the women who broke all the ‘rules of cool’ (to become not merely “girls who said nothing and wore black”, but original, authentic Beat poets). Ellen and Maggie will also read from their own works.

This is a free event, open to all.

Maggie Graham
is the author of Sitting Among the Eskimos, which was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book award (and which was adapted for Radio 4’s Afternoon Play). Maggie’s Forever Young was, too, broadcast on Radio 4. Her writing has been published in New Writing, New Writing Scotland, and various magazines (including the Celtic View). She has tutored creative writing at the University of Strathclyde, Survivors’ Poetry, and Glasgow Libraries. Additionally, Maggie has performed readings at Cambridge University, the New York Public Library, the Virginia Woolf conference at Glasgow University, and the Scottish Writers’ Centre (of which she is a founding member). Maggie is currently working on an experimental novel, Insult to the Brain, and an autobiographical novel – Precious Little.

Ellen McAteer, a poet and songwriter, works at the Glasgow School of Art (and is the founder of Tell It Slant – a poetry bookshop in Glasgow). She was a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and sings with the band Stone Tape. Her poetry collection, Honesty Mirror, won first prize in the New Writer Magazine annual pamphlet competition for 2013. Ellen’s poetry and prose have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her play at the Edinburgh Fringe was recorded for local radio. Her song, Blue Valentine, won a BBC radio competition and has been featured on TV adverts. She was previously a member of Donny O’Rourke‘s Poetry Group, and worked with Louise Welsh during her time as writer in residence at the Art School. Ellen has been a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, and a member of the Hammer & Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. {photo of Ellen above by Domonique Carton (}

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