Report on the 11th May Event

I really enjoyed myself on Sunday evening. I’d met up with Barbara Smith earlier and we walked for miles around the city centre and the Royal Mile.

All four readers – Barbara Smith, Claire Askew, Sally Evans and Alan Gillis – were terrific. Another night of contrasts. Barbara read with an easy-going warmth and went down very well. Claire didn’t show a trace of nerves if she had any and impressed everyone I spoke to. Sally read sections from her new long poem, ‘The Bees’, which involves bees, elephant-artists and hotdogs – a real feat of imagination. Alan Gillis served up sonic fireworks with an emotional core, poems that look outwards. He’s a fantastic reader.

Some of the readers and audience migrated afterwards to The Standing Order in George Street until around 1.30am. It was about 2.30 before I got to bed, but there’s no reason to regret any of it, despite my tiredness the next day.

Apprentice has blogged about the evening. Good to hear people enjoyed it.

Sally Evans reports on it as well.

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