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Mariscat Poetry Double Bill

Tuesday, Jul 23 2019
19:30 - 21:00
Mary Robinson & Vicki Husband
location: Lighthouse Bookshop

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Poetry fans rejoice, we bring you another Mariscat double act! On the bill for a summer evening of verse we have Mary Robinson launching Alphabet Poems and Vicki Husband with Sykkel Saga - two brilliant new pamphlets from a cracking Scottish Press.

Alphabet Poems consists of 26 poems, one for each letter of the English alphabet. The starting point for each poem is the shape of the capital letter. ‘Sometimes,’ says Mary Robinson, ‘I go back to an earlier hieroglyph and its signification, sometimes I use my imagination.’ The result is a wonderfully inventive sequence, casting new light on old forms.

Mary Robinson has previously published a collection, The Art of Gardening _(Flambard Press, 2010), and two pamphlets with Westward Books, _Uist Walking Song and Out of Time. In 2013 she won the Mirehouse Poetry Prize and the Second Light Poetry Prize in 2017.

Sykkel Saga is a long poem about a bicycle trip through the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. It is a journey through landscape, Norse mythology and the Norwegian language, exploring what draws us to a place, of distance and proximity in time and space, and of connections. Stewart Conn comments: ‘Its strength lies in the precision of the language and its detailed observations, the nuanced depiction of the mode of transport and the alert and thoughtful responses to what is encountered en route, all of which have a persuasive freshness and flavour.’

Vicki Husband’s first degree was in Fine Art. She also has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and works as an occupational therapist for the NHS. Her first collection, This Far Back Everything Shimmers, published by Vagabond Voices in 2016, was shortlisted for a Saltire Award. She is a member of the poetry network St Mungo’s Mirrorball and lives in Glasgow.

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As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accesible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks!


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