The launch of a Scottish issue of The Café Review took place at Blackwell’s Bookshop on Friday 28th July. The Editor of the journal, Steve Luttrell, came across from Portland, Maine for the event. I had the joy of guest-editing the journal but the unenviable task of selecting around 30 poets to represent the contemporary poetry scene in Scotland. Given we have so many gifted poets, I found this really difficult. It would have taken the whole year, four issues, to do a half-decent coverage.
However, select I did, and they all sent in wonderful poems. Nineteen of the contributors were able to attend the launch and read a poem. Two of the three artists also attended.