STOP PRESS!!! Tell it slant poetry bookshop has been saved for Glasgow at the 11th hour by Basil Blackwell, musician, social entrepreneur and events organiser, a favourite face and sound at many a Project Cafe Open Mic!
Basil will be taking over the shop from Ellen and Anna in the new year. The goodbye party is cancelled! There will be a celebration party instead in the Project Cafe on the 27th of January, just in time for Burns’ birthday…
More about Basil below. Please take the time to make him feel welcome. He will be sharing his plans for the shop shortly. Poets and publishers can contact him through the shop email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basil Blackwell was born in Dumbarton and schooled in Helensburgh and Glasgow. He avoided university and college whilst there and after busking round Europe for 4 years ended up with a mobile workshop in the North of Scotland. After returning to Glasgow in the 90s he worked in fruit,veg and flower retailing before changing tack and working in IT support for 14 years before returning to his senses. He currently works in community engagement and is still a keen musician.
Welcome to the Tell it slant community, Basil!
Sad news. After three very good years in the wonderful Project Cafe in Glasgow, Tell it Slant is going to follow its founder down South. Ellen McAteer, who set up Tell it Slant in December 2013 with her husband Mat Loryman, moved her family to Suffolk for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival last year, and seems set to stay. Meanwhile the bookshop, beautifully managed by Kathrine Sowerby and then Anna Tall, has circled back to her management for a third time, so she’s decided to pack it up and take it with her. Poets, artists and publishers who have work on sale or return can contact Anna or Ellen on email@example.com about picking their work up within the next two months if they don’t want it to leave Scotland. Yes, don’t worry – there will be plenty of time to say goodbye, we are not leaving till after Christmas! There will be a 3rd birthday/goodbye Glasgow party for TIS in December. Meanwhile, stay tuned for TiS’s next adventure – what will it be? A bookshop of its own, another poetry cafe, or a mobile poetry library? Perhaps a residency at the new Poetry in Aldeburgh for 2017? Who can say?
Our heartfelt thanks go the the magical team at The Project Cafe for three years of supportive partnership. We will miss you! Good luck to Anna in her Masters Degree too. To all the poets of Scotland, there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! Au revoir.
‘Today I sat in the window in the Project Cafe and wrote. Or more accurately, pulled together some notes I’d written on a previous visit, and edited them into a poem. The poem might change yet. I tend to edit and edit. But it is a beginning. Sitting in the cafe gave me the momentum I needed to keep writing in between staring into space and sipping delicious coffee. And the talk around me forced me to focus on what I was writing and hold the poem to its shape. It’s a beginning. And appropriately, for a beginning poem, the poem is about an egg. A dragon egg.’
So wrote our latest writer-in-residence Liz Basset as she began her residency. The dragon egg has hatched into a whole pamphlet, now available on the tell it slant shelves!
Working quietly away in tell it slant you might come across our latest poet in residence, Clydebuilt poet Liz Bassett. A mentee of Gerry Loose, Liz writes poems about skies and elephants and the occasional ship. In her poems people fall asleep under their duvet and wake up under lines of migrating geese, and in love. Her poems have been placed in the Bridport competition, short listed for the Plough Prize, and been published by The Red Wheelbarrow, Agenda Broadsheet, White Leaf Review, The Guardian Poetry Workshop, and in the anthologies My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications), Solitaire (Templar Poetry)and New Poets from Britain and America (White Leaf Press). She is a reviewer for Sphinx (HappenStance Press). Her pamphlet ‘How to Wire a Life for Love’ is available from Knucker Press. We are very much looking forward to seeing what inspiration free tea and coffee in The Project Cafe, amongst shelves of poetry in tell it slant, can bring!
Friday 11th September from 7pm: two poets from Dumfries and Galloway launch new books: Hugh McMillan’s ‘Not Actually Being in Dumfries’ (Luath Press), selected poems from over thirty years of writing, and ‘Border Lines’ (Indigo Dreams), poems drawn from Stuart A Paterson’s life in Galloway and his first collection in eighteen years. Both shine a lyrical and sharp light onto life in an often neglected part of Scotland. Entertainment is guaranteed from two of Scotland’s most accomplished and underrated poets. Free entry.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/131396943874272/
Join Nalini Paul at tell it slant this Thursday for the launch of The Raven’s Song, poems inspired by raven and crow myths from Orkney, Shetland and Canada; beautifully illustrated by Catherine Hiley. Hear some poems, meet the artist, and buy a book!
Thursday from 7.30pm at TIS within the Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow, G3 6ST. Bring your own bottle, £3 corkage.