Platform Sessions returns for the autumn with another dazzling line-up of poetry and music. Guest poets are Stewart Conn and Anna Crowe, with music from duo Rachel Simpson and Seth Bennett. Be sure to catch this October date, before Platform takes a break for winter (returning in February).
Entry is £5 on the door. To book a place please email [email protected]
Please note the new earlier start time of 7.00pm. All welcome.
Easily accessible by train from both Edinburgh & Dundee.
The session will also include a wildcard open mic spot for a single short poem – so bring along one of your best and put your name in the hat for the wildcard draw.
STEWART CONN has appeared at book festivals from Aberdeen to Zagreb; and reads from his work on the Poetry Archive website. His Bloodaxe publications include The Breakfast Room (2011 SMIT Scottish Poetry Book of the Year) and a new and selected volume The Touch of Time. Most recently Aspects of Edinburgh, with drawings by John Knight, catches the flavour of the city where he has lived for many years, and whose inaugural makar he was from 2002 to 2005.
ANNA CROWE, co-founder and former Artistic Director of StAnza; her translations from Catalan and Spanish (Bloodaxe and Arc) brought a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, and her poetry has been translated and anthologised, and recorded for the Poetry Archive. She was awarded the Peterloo Prize (twice), the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, and three PBS Choices/ Recommendations. She enjoys collaborating with artists in other disciplines, such as painters, sculptors, photographers, textile artists and calligraphers. Her third collection is Not on the Side of the Gods (Arc, September 2019).
Flugelhorn player RACHEL SIMPSON and double bassist SETH BENNETT collaborate on sparse, minimal, original compositions. They weave fragments of baroque and jazz into free improvisations to create something new and original.