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Edwin Morgan Trust Slovakian Poetry Translation Workshop with the Scottish Poetry Library

18th May


The Scottish Poetry Library and the Edwin Morgan Trust have come together to host three Slovakian/Slovakia-based poets and three Scottish poets for a weekend of translating and exchanging poetry, experiences and exciting new ideas. We hope you will join us to hear them talk about the process and to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Jan Garvura
Mária Ridzoňová Ferenčuhová
James Sutherland-Smith

Gerrie Fellows
David Kinloch
Juana Adcock

Back to Ellen


Due to a sudden change in circumstance, the running of Tell it Slant is back in the hands of its founder, Ellen McAteer. It’s business as usual and there are some excellent events coming up. It has been a pleasure meeting customers and poets, building up stock, and spending time in the inspiring and delicious Project Cafe.

call for volunteers

Tell It Slant is run on a voluntary basis; would you like to help out? We are a small poetry bookshop in the wonderful Project Café on Renfrew Street and are looking for a few willing folk to keep things running smoothly. From dusting shelves and straightening books to updating the database, social media, setting up an online shop, helping with events; it depends on the time you have and the experience you’d like to gain. If you’d like to get involved, contact Kathrine at

spring poet-in-residence

New and very welcome at Tell It Slant is Joanna Monks, our poet-in-residence for April, May and June. 

Intake, paper animation, 2012

Joanna Monks is a visual artist based in Glasgow whose work encompasses moving image, print, sound, writing and spoken word. Her work looks at memory and place, the convergence of past and present conjured by landscape and constructed environments. In an exploration of notions of understanding, the works follow ideas of paths, navigation and memory. Through the crossovers between visual art and writing, her work is driven by a fascination with interaction and narrative.

Phenomenal Women

Maya Angelou quote on creativity

Friday 13th March 6-8pm

An evening of women celebrating creativity with spoken word by Mila Brown, Jessica Cameron, Kirstin Maclean, Louise Berry, Jaqueline Spring and sewing/making by local visual artists.

All welcome

5 Hour Fundraiser


Sunday 22nd February, 12 noon- 5pm

An open-mic afternoon hosted by St Mungo’s Mirrorball and Tell It Slant in aid of the refurbishment of The Scottish Poetry Library. Come and read your favourite poem or perform one of your own or just be part of the audience of a wonderful one-off event at Tell It Slant/The Project Café, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow. All welcome!

To guarantee your chance to read a poem – email Jim Carruth with your preferred reading hour.

Infinite Possibilities

A beautiful poem by Irfan Merchant, our first poet-in-residence, as he leaves us for now. We wish him well. the_hanging_gardens_of_babylon

The Hanging Gardens

Absolute absence I am:

not the absence of presence

nor the presence of absence –

knowable in my own absence,

unknowable in my presence

between each word, each line,

each page, each book, each thing;

the fullness of earthly delights

and infinite possibilities.

Irfan Merchant

*Book Launch* Friday 30th January


Come celebrate, launch and listen to Christie Williamson read from Oo an Feddirs, his new collection published by Luath Press. All welcome, BYOB. Admission free.

‘This striking collection of over 70 poems is the result of Williamson’s decade-long period of reading, writing and performing poetry in both English and Shetlandic, and is the distillation of his best work so far.

Oo an Feddirs is the first full collection from the acclaimed young Shetland poet Christie Williamson. It carries the striking imagery and rhythm that came through in Arc o Möns – Williamson’s translation of poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, which won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Prize in 2010. It is not so much a manifesto as a manifestation through poetry of what it’s like to be him: a living, breathing human being like any other.’

Our Poet-In-Residence

from January – March 2015 is Irfan Merchant.

Irfan Merchant grew up in Ayr, and has lived in Edinburgh and London. His poetry has been published in diverse places, including various poetry magazines such as New Writing Scotland and Chapman; in The Herald and The Scotsman; and several anthologies such as Wish I Was Here: a Scottish multicultural anthology and Out Of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets.


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