Monthly Archive: August 2016

Edinburgh’s inaugural Makar, Stewart Conn, to give 2016 John Masefield Lecture

 The Poetry Association of Scotland & The Muriel Spark Society


the 2016 John Masefield Lecture


by Stewart Conn

Wednesday 14 September 2016 at the Scottish Poetry Library,

5 Crichton’s Close,

Edinburgh EH8 8DT


Tickets at the door (£5 or £4 concessions). Wine reception from 6.30 – 7 pm.  The talk will begin at 7 pm.

‘Reading the City’ at EIBF

Christine, Ron and James

Christine with Ron Butlin and James Loxley

Gearing up for an EIBF event on Sunday 21st August with Edinburgh’s previous Makar, Ron Butlin and Professor James Loxley of Edinburgh University.  James chaired the event skilfully and we read poems from Sir Walter Scott to Muriel Spark, from Stewart Conn to Angus Calder and from Robert Garioch to Valerie Gillies, as well as a few of our own.   Surprising how many folk are ready for a poem first thing on a Sunday morning!

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award at EIBF 2016

EMPA -Winner and runner up

Winner Penny Boxall, 2nd from right, with runner-up Miriam Nash, organiser/trustee Hamish Whyte and me.

We had a delightful evening on 18th August at the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award event at the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival.   The winner was Penny Boxall and the runner up was Miriam Nash.  Congratulations are due to all six who were short-listed.  The others were Claire Askew, Sophie Collins, Harry Giles and Stewart Sanderson.  The judges – who had had a tough job deciding – were Jackie Kay and Stewart Conn.