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Neu! Reekie! Remain in the Light 4

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Featuring: *Modern Poetry in Translation with Clare Pollard, Christine De Luca, MacGillvray & more * Findlay Napier * Pirita Tuisku (dance performance) * and hosted by Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson.

REMAIN IN LIGHT is a monthly showcase of experimental/avante garde/dissident/outward looking culture featuring an eclectic shapeshifting mix of poetry, music, spoken word, performance art, dance, visual art, science, film, animation & activism. REMAIN IN LIGHT will be unashamedly internationalist & pro-European in outlook, inspired by the best in contemporary European culture

“Genuine song craft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”. (Sunday Herald)
"One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene." Folk Radio UK (Glasgow)
"Coming on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright ... A superbly crafted compilation of Songs" Acoustic Magazine (Glasgow)

At this event 4 poets from Modern Poetry In Translation will read & perform poetry in 4 of the different languages spoken in Scotland: including Scots, Gaelic, Shetlandic & English. This wil be a Neu! Reekie! first!

Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and currently lives in South London with her husband and two children. Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo (1998) was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by Bedtime (2002) and Look, Clare! Look! (2005), which was made a set text on the WJEC A-level syllabus. Her fourth collection Changeling (2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and her latest is Incarnation (Bloodaxe, 2017). In 2003 she won a Society of Authors travel award and an Arts Council writer’s award. The Independent named her one of their Top Writers Under 30

� MACGILLIVRAY is the Highland name of Scottish writer, performance artist and musician Kirsten Norrie, reflecting her matrilineal highland heritage. MacGillivray is the author of two poetry collections and eight albums with the soundtracks to two major British films to her credit. Forthcoming is a non-fiction book and a third poetry collection.

Christine writes in English and in Shetland dialect which is a blend of Old Scots with much Norse influence. Shetland dialect - or "Shetlandic" - is a lively mother tongue, still vibrant and enjoyed both for its onomatopoeic quality and its classlessness. Her main interest is poetry, but she is also active in promoting work with Shetland children and has written dialect stories for a range of age-groups. In addition to this, her first novel, And then forever was published in 2011. She was appointed Edinburgh's poet laureate (Makar) for a three year period, between 2014 and 2017.

Kate Louise Mathis received her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, and has taught in the Celtic departments of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. Her research interests include Gaelic women’s poetry, the women of the Celtic Revival, and the reception of medieval Irish Ulster Cycle characters in Scotland. She was previously Scottish Gaelic research assistant for ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales, 1400-1800’ (funded by the Leverhulme Trust), and is currently preparing a monograph assessing the development of Deirdre from the early medieval period to the Celtic Revival.

When Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort founded MPT in 1965 they had two principal ambitions: to get poetry out from behind the Iron Curtain into a wider circulation in English and to benefit writers and the reading public in Britain and America by confronting them with good work from abroad. They published poetry that dealt truthfully with the real contemporary world. For more than 50 years MPT has continued and widened that founding intent.

Pirita will perform her solo dance pieice DROWN: a solo dance performance, a journey of human experience, of losing someone, the loss of a friend to disease, or someone moving far away. How people get lost in strong emotions and self change. How does this effect us and our body? How we Drown and how do we get up? Pirita is a Finnish dancer & choreographer based now in Edinburgh. Versatile and energetic she has already over a decade of experience working in different fields in dance, her main styles are Contemporary, Reggaeton and Hip hop.

CinemaAttic specialises in pop-up film screenings, underground events and retrospectives on Spanish & Latin American Cinema. Presented by Alberto & Rafa.


Neu! Reekie! is run and hosted by Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson with Kat Gollock and Davie Miller.