Lies, Dreaming #15 – Neighbours

We are delighted to announce the contributors for our fifteenth podcast, which has as its theme “Neighbours”.

You can subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Colin McGuire is a poet and performer from Glasgow based in Edinburgh, who recently  won both the Out:Spoken Award for Poetry-in-Film, with his animation collaboration ‘The Glasgae Boys’, and the Out:Spoken overall Prize for Poetry. He is the author of three collections. His first self-published collection, ‘Riddled with errors’ (Clydesidepress, 2003), and his first chapbook, ‘Everybody lie down and no one gets hurt,’ (Red Squirrel Press, 2013), and his first full collection, ‘As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning,’ (Red Squirrel Press, 2014). He has just released ‘enhanced doom disclosure’ with Speculative Books. www.colinmcguirepoet.co.uk

Edinburgh-based Jay Whittaker’s debut poetry collection, Wristwatch, was published by Cinnamon Press in October 2017.  She writes about transition, resilience, grief, breast cancer, and LGBT+ lives (including her own). Her poems have been widely published and she has performed feature sets at StAnza, Interrobang, Platform Poetry, and Shore Poets. www.jaywhittaker.uk

Catherine Wilson is a poet, writer and performer currently living in Edinburgh. Her work has been commissioned by the National Gallery, TEDx, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. She is one of the main organisers of “Loud Poets”: a collective committed to making poetry accessible to everyone.

Michael McGill is an Edinburgh-based poet who has recently had work published in Rock & Sling, Funhouse Magazine, New Walk, Northwords Now, Obsessed with Pipework, The Haiku Quarterly and Ink, Sweat and Tears.

Twitter: @MMcGill09

Our next theme will be ‘Supermarket Sweep’. Check out this blogpost for further details.

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Lies, Dreaming #14 – HORSES

We are delighted to announce the contributors for our fourteenth podcast, which has as its theme “HORSES”.

You can subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Rita Bradd, published since 2007 in print and online anthologies, was short-listed for the Herald/McCash prize with The Herrin Trail, which was made into a Filmpoem by Alastair Cook, included on BBC Scotland’s Culture Studio feature on sculpture The Creel Loaders by Gardner Molloy, who carved an extract into stones, also fully published on interpretation boards beside the sculpture at Dunbar, and appeared in several publications including a SmaBuik by Poems-for- All at StAnza 2016.

In 2015 Rita appeared on BBC 3 as a guest on Ian Macmillan’s The Verb, duetting with Ira Lightman, and was part of Book Week Scotland.

Her debut poetry booklet Salt & Soil was published in 2017 which she toured East Lothian libraries with during Scottish Book Trust’s Book Week Scotland. She regularly appears on local radio with her troupe ‘The Three Craws’, performing her series of scripts in Scots/English. Rita is completing her book on her 2013/2014 voyage with 1864 clipper ship City of Adelaide.

www.ritabradd.com

Ian Richardson spends a lot of his time listening to, reading, writing and performing poetry…probably in that order. He still enjoys writing bios in the third person and has given up drinking coffee in favour of  tea. Ian lives on the East Coast of Scotland where he was inspired to write ‘Little Joe from Kokomo.’ after seeing two pairs of horses riding hard along the waters edge.

You can find him here @IanRich10562022

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 5 poetry collections and edited 2 poetry anthologies.

Rachel Tonks Hill always wanted to be either a doctor or writer when she grew up. She now has a PhD and has released three novels and desperately hopes this doesn’t mean she has to grow up. Her latest novel is the sci-fi action adventure, Novis, which is basically Beowulf in space with a cast of badass queer ladies. Tonks is also the co-host of the film discussion podcast Celluloid Scrutiny. She lives in Nottingham with her partner and an insufficient number dogs.

racheltonkshill.com

 

 

Lies, Dreaming #13 – RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

We are delighted to launch our thirteenth podcast on the theme of “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Ian Richardson enjoys writing and performing poetry and is always greatly encouraged when his work is published. His works appear in various anthologies and he has been a contributor to Lies and Dreaming since Podcast #1. He lives on the East coast of Scotland where the biggest thing he has seen rising out of the sea is the morning sun. 

Janette Ayachi (1982- ) is a Scottish-Algerian poet who has been published in over sixty literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon, Freight, Seren, and Salt’s ‘The Best British Poetry of 2015’. She collaborates with artists, has been shortlisted for a few chewable accolades, and has performed her work on the BBC Radio, as well as across the U.K at various events. She has a combined honors degree in Literature and Film from Stirling University and an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. She is the author of poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings and A Choir of Ghosts, and a children’s chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola published by Black Wolf Edition press. Her first full poetry collection Hand Over Mouth music will be published by Pavilion (University of Liverpool) in 2019, and she is currently working on Misdialing The Muses: A Poet’s Memoir.

J.S.Watts is a UK novelist and poet. Her writing appears in publications in Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the States and has been broadcast on BBC and Independent Radio. She has published five books: two poetry collections, “Cats and Other Myths” and “ Years Ago You Coloured Me”, plus a multi-award nominated SF poetry pamphlet, “Songs of Steelyard Sue”, all published by Lapwing Publications, and two novels, “A Darker Moon” – dark literary fantasy, and “Witchlight”  – paranormal romance, published in the US and UK by Vagabondage Press. See www.jswatts.co.uk for further details.

Antonia Seaward is a spoken and written word artist based in the Southside of Glasgow, whose words are as pragmatic as they are poignant with a very human tone. When she is not writing poetry at her kitchen table she is looking after her three young girls.

 

Our next podcast theme is “HORSES”. Submission criteria can be found here.

 

Lies, Dreaming #12 – Postcards from the Future

We are delighted to launch our twelfth podcast on the theme of “Postcards from the Future”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Colin Bramwell is a writer and performer from the Black Isle. His various projects include creating and performing spoken word theatre shows at fringe festivals across Europe, translating the Taiwanese poet Yang Mu, playing piano for Scottish improv wizards Men With Coconuts, and trying to write poems about Milo Yiannopoulos without doing loads of sick burps. He’s the artistic director of Teuchter Company, a group dedicated to making genre-spanning theatre. You can listen to a solo version of his second show, Tiger, here: https://colinbramwell.bandcamp.com/releases

Elaine McKay lives in Scotland. She is a graduate of Glasgow University. She has stories included in several anthologies and has flash fiction pieces published in various places online.
She is also the author of the picture book, ‘Grandma’s Face Tells Her Story’ (published by eTreasurespublishing.)

Maria Di Mario is a Scottish writer based in Barcelona. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her creative interests include the natural world and concepts of family. She swims in the sea every day.

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.

 

Our next podcast theme is “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!”. Submission criteria can be found here.

 

Lies, Dreaming #11 – Treasure

We are delighted to launch our eleventh podcast, this one on the theme of “Treasure”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Hannah Reber (*1983) is a concept and multimedia artist based in Berlin. She studied physics and philosophy at the University of Kassel and Media Sciences at the University of Mannheim and the Film University HFF in Potsdam-Babelsberg. She describes her experimental work as fundamental research. Fractal geometry and quantum physics are recurring themes in her work.

Eilidh G Clark is a writer and poet living in central Scotland. She has previously published with The Ogilvie, Anti-Heroine Chic, and The Scottish Book Trust. Eilidh is currently on the final stages of her MLitt Creative Writing degree at The University of Stirling.

Angie Spoto is an American fiction writer and poet. Writers who inspire her include Angela Carter, Leonora Carrington, and Ursula Le Guin. Her most recent endeavours include a lyrical essay about her Italian family, a collection of horror surrealist fairy tales, and a fantasy novel about grief. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies, including Crooked HolsterSWAMP Magazine, and Toad Suck Review. She has lived in Austria, the Netherlands, and now lives in Scotland. www.angiespoto.com.

Mike Daviot is an Edinburgh born actor and playwright of 34 years professional experience. He has acted in a huge variety of roles north and south of the border, returning to Edinburgh 6 years ago after 20 years of living and working in England.  Favourite parts range from Robert the Bruce to Henry Higgins and from Scarecrow to Leontes. This piece is an extract from his 2016 Fringe hit, Nosferatu’s Shadow, about the life of Max Schreck. He is performing his new solo play – 1917, A Phantasmagoria – at Sweet Venues from the 3rd to the 27th of August.

David Ralph Lewis is a writer of short stories and poetry. He is currently in the process of uprooting his whole life, which is both incredibly stressful and fun in a weird way. His website is at www.davidralphlewis.co.uk, where he writes weekly blogs about art and politics.

 

Our next podcast theme is “Postcards from the Future”. Submission criteria can be found here.

 

Lies, Dreaming #9 – Robots

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

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Ruth Aylett lives in Edinburgh; she teaches and researches university-level computing, thinks another world is possible and that the one we have is due some changes. She was joint author with Beth McDonough of the pamphlet Handfast, published in 2016. One of four authors of the online epic Granite University, she performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe. She has been published by Interpreter’s House, New Writing Scotland, South Bank Poetry, Envoi, Bloodaxe Books, Poetry Scotland, Red Squirrel Press, Doire Press and others. For more on her writing see www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/writing.html.

Sam Small is host of Poetry @ Inn Deep, founding member of The High Flight Fanzine and his first book of poetry ‘Pure Toilet’ will be released on the 26th of May, 2017 in the Old Hair Dressers, Glasgow.

Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland with her husband and cats. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies (including LOVE: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loving and Being in Love and A Prince Tribute), journals (The Dawntreader, GFT Press Presents: One in Four) and other publications.

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 4 collections of poetry, plus short stories and travel articles. He has edited 2 writing anthologies and is deputy editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a sci-fi magazine. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. He enjoys White Russians and Twiglets.

Our next podcast theme is “One Sentence Only”. Submission criteria can be found here.

Lies, Dreaming #8 – There Is No Theme

We are delighted to launch our eighth podcast on the theme of “There Is No Theme”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

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Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Frederick “Freddie” Alexander is a writer and events organiser based in Edinburgh. Since 2013 he has been an organiser and host of the Inky Fingers Open Mic night, and has been an organiser of the University of Edinburgh Soapbox Open Mic. In 2014 he coordinated and hosted the second National UK University Poetry Slam, and in 2016 began the K/RK event series with 24 Royal Terrace Hotel. He also writes, sometimes.

Lise Olsen’s art practice involves exploring different forms of walking and has sculptural, conceptual and socially engaged qualities. She is interested in how walking influences our perception of time and space and its influence on the human pace of life. In the journey, through the action of walking, she has searched for things that move between palpable and concealed connections. Always looking for spontaneous random events, opening up to serendipity, the discovery of unexpected knowledge and new material possibilities. As a responsive artist, she has created fictional narratives, using sound, poetry, images and text, to communicate meaning not obviously seen that can be open to interpretation.

Chik Duncan describes himself as a writer, a storyteller and a performer of poyums.  He performs his work for children as “Smelly Wellie Story Tellie” and has smelled wellies at various festivals around Scotland – Galloway Children’s Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, Big Tent in Fife, and Big Lit, to name but most of them.

For adults he has performed at The Verse Hearse, Reading Allowed and the Scottish Writers’ Centre Speakeasy in Glasgow as well as at various venues around Dumfries & Galloway where he is a regular contributor to events at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet.  Chik’s poyums have appeared in Southlight Magazine, on the Scottish Recovery Network’s website, on Jupiter Artland’s website, on the StAnza Poetry Map of Scotland, in the matchday programme of Selkirk FC, and on the label of a can as part of an art display at the freshAyr 2016.  Chik has recently published his first chapbook entitled “Misc.”, of which this is the title poyum.

Emily Taylor would like to leave us with this: ‘You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.’ — Hilary Mantel

Our next podcast theme is “ROBOTS”. Submission criteria can be found here.

 

Lies, Dreaming #7 – The Language of Business

We are delighted to launch our seventh podcast on the theme of “The Language of Business”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunesAndroid and Stitcher.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Frederick “Freddie” Alexander is a writer and events organiser based in Edinburgh. Since 2013 he has been an organiser and host of the Inky Fingers Open Mic night, and has been an organiser of the University of Edinburgh Soapbox Open Mic. In 2014 he coordinated and hosted the second National UK University Poetry Slam, and in 2016 began the K/RK event series with 24 Royal Terrace Hotel. He also writes, sometimes.

With the onset of a mid-life crisis, Suzanne Briggs gave up her career as a secondary school teacher to pursue her love of the arts.  She is now studying full-time for a BA in Applied Music with the University of the Highlands and Islands and has finally gained the creative confidence to share her work publicly.  These days, many of Suzanne’s words become part of her music and she finds it almost impossible to separate the two.  She lives in Shetland with her husband and two children and much of this special place can be found in her work.

David Ralph Lewis is a West Country boy currently living in Staines-Upon-Thames. Yes, the place where Ali G was from. He writes poetry and has written a book of short stories about life in a small rural town called “Amber Stars: One Night of Stories”. When not wasting his days in dreams and fictions, he likes taking photos and dancing badly at gigs. His website is www.davidralphlewis.co.uk

Roddy Shippin shows promise in some areas, but not the level of professional dedication expected of his role. He is often personable and friendly, but far too easily distracted. He is rarely able to provide concrete development goals or link his performance to core values & behaviours. Timekeeping is also a key area of urgent focus.

Matt Macdonald is a writer, a poet, a call centre monkey, a hope, a dream, an illusion, a total eclipse of the lung and a science fiction solution. Some of these things are true, some are not. More can be found on Twitter @MattMacPoet and Facebook.

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Lies, Dreaming #6 – Iceland

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

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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.