Lies, Dreaming #6 – Iceland

We are delighted to launch our sixth podcast on the theme of “Iceland”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Android users should click here instead. Any positive ratings or reviews left on iTunes greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, here is a rundown of our contributors for this podcast:

Roddy Shippin is a writer from Edinburgh. Words of his have featured in the pages of such publications as Gutter, Magma and Poetry Scotland – he didn’t even have to staple them in himself, which he takes as a good sign. He’s also featured at events such as Loud Poets, Shore Poets, TenRed and Rally & Broad.

He helps run the monthly Edinburgh poetry night Blind Poetics, as well as contributing to Poets Against Humanity – a periodic desecration of all things verse. He has also served as poetry editor for Valve Journal.

Once, he managed to live-stream snooker at work for an entire afternoon without anyone cottoning on – his professional life has thus almost-certainly peaked.

He recommends Iceland as a place to go, as you can probably tell from his poem. The hot dogs are pretty good – if less immediately impressive than the glaciers.

By day Katharine Macfarlane is a librarian, sharing stories and songs with children of all ages. At night she reads poems to grown ups. Her poetry is rooted in the landscape and history of the west of Scotland and draws inspiration from traditional Scottish stories and songs alongside myths and legends from the wider Celtic and Norse world. A regular performer at spoken word events across west and central Scotland her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and The Grind on Castle FM and has appeared in The Grind Journal and the Write Angle and [untitled] magazine. She is currently the Harpies, Fechters and Quines Slam Champion.

Stephen Barnaby was raised by stoats and taught to communicate entirely through fifty snuffly, grunty noises, which he has successfully and randomly rearranged into two pamphlets, Self Loathing Ostrich Tragedy and It was Happy Hour at the Nutty Nun. He has worked hard at expanding his repertoire, culminating in last year’s naked appearance in the video for ‘Wrecking Ball’. He insists, though, that he is emphatically not the plaything of an industry hell-bent on sexually objectifying bespectacled grey-haired men in their mid-forties. He can be contacted by leaving breadcrumbs in woodland clearings and hiding behind a tree.

Stephen Watt is a poet and performer from Dumbarton whose titles include ‘Spit’ (2012) and ‘Optograms’ (2016). Stephen is the previous winner of the Poetry Rivals slam, the StAnza Digital Poetry slam, Tartan Treasures award winner, and the Hughie Healy memorial trophy. A new gothic EP under the project title Neon Poltergeist is earmarked for Hallowe’en 2016.

Bo Mansell is in the habit of writing poetry when overwhelmed by things, particularly the natural world, even the wild flowers growing through the cracks of dereliction in forgotten corners of Glasgow.

Suky Goodfellow concocts punk nightmares seeping out of Edinburgh. Not to be confused with the imaginary giraffe of the same name.

Max Scratchmann is one half of the Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, writer and performer. He was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man-show, Moving Pictures, and was one of the four Inky Fingers’ Poets on a Bus at the Edinburgh History Festival. He is a co-founder of FREAK Circus magazine and lives in Edinburgh in a depressingly cat-free household.


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