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:

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

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:

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.

Lies, Dreaming #5 – Do You Want Fries With That? pt.2

We are delighted to launch our fifth podcast on the theme of “Do You Want Fries With That?”. Here is the second and final part from that theme. 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.

A second instalment of spoken word based on this theme will be online in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, here is a rundown of our contributors for this podcast:

Ian Richardson has been reading books and comics for years  which prepared him to deal with what he perceives as the random depths of the One Show. He is extremely happy that several of his written pieces have been published recently but still suffers from stage fright when he goes to perform them. Ian still enjoys writing bios in the third person, has given up drinking coffee late at night and sleeps more than he used to. You can find him here@IanRich10562022

Michael McGill is an Edinburgh-based performer who has appeared at Inky Fingers, Blind Poetics, The Accelerator and Last Monday at Rio.  He has also appeared as part of Big Word Performance Poetry and on The Verb on BBC Radio 3.  Recently, he has had work published in RAUM, New Walk, The Haiku Quarterly and on The Open Mouse and Hot Tub Astronaut websites.

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 appearances in the videos for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘Blurred Lines.’ 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.

Jenna Burns is an English Literature undergraduate at the University of Glasgow. She aspires to be an inspiring storyteller via page and screen. She also dreams of living in London and owning a cat- whichever comes first. She tweets under @Jenna_221b and blogs over at jenna221b.tumblr.com.

 

Lies, Dreaming #5 – Do You Want Fries With That? pt.1

We are delighted to launch our fifth podcast on the theme of “Do You Want Fries With That?”. 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.

A second installment of spoken word based on this theme will be online in a couple of weeks. eanwhile, here is a rundown of our contributors for this podcast:

Lisa Fields: Lisa, just Lisa

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. Having graduated in 2016 from the University of Edinburgh, he has begun working as a freelance writer, and has helped write op-eds with Katie Ailes and Claire Askew. He will be the Broadway Baby Spoken Word features columnist for the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, 2016. Freddie has further interests in artistic entrepreneurship, and has hosted panel discussions and workshops with Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Dan Stathers’ debut poetry collection The Ink Cartridge Just Ran Out isn’t available any time soon. His poetry has been published in Yeah, Yeah, Whatever and most recently in But Am I Bothered. He’s a firm believer in the tropical fruit drink, Um Bongo, and a huge fan of Mike Priest.

Kevin Cadwallender lives in Edinburgh. He works as a Commissioning Editor for Red Squirrel Press. He was runner up in the BBC Slam at the Edinburgh Fringe and was Scottish National Slam Champion in 2012. He presented and organised the BBC Slam in 2014. Nominated for a Raymond Williams Community Publishing Award for his book ‘Voyages’ and shortlisted for a Sony Radio Award for the radio version of this broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He runs Tenred a poetry/prose/music night in Edinburgh.

 

Lies, Dreaming #4 – The One Show

We are delighted to launch our fourth podcast on the theme of “The One Show”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Android users should click here instead.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Ian Richardson has been reading books and comics for years  which prepared him to deal with what he perceives as the random depths of the One Show. He is extremely happy that several of his written pieces have been published recently but still suffers from stage fright when he goes to perform them. Ian still enjoys writing bios in the third person, has given up drinking coffee late at night and sleeps more than he used to. You can find him here @IanRich10562022

Emily Elver writes poems and stories. She is the co-founder and editor of Freak Circus magazine. She can be found on Twitter @emilyelver

Lisa Fields, 32 year old, Glasgow based ‘jack of all trades, master of none’! Has a background both in the field of counselling and previously in the field of acting. After years away from the acting profession – she decided to get the acting clogs on again for a bit of fun! Writing is something that allows her the freedom of self expression. Emotional depth is something that is important to her in her work as a counsellor and actor. This is her first written piece that she has ever submitted anywhere.

Dan Stathers’ debut poetry collection The Ink Cartridge Just Ran Out isn’t available any time soon. His poetry has been published in Yeah, Yeah, Whatever and most recently in But Am I Bothered. He’s a firm believer in the tropical fruit drink, Um Bongo, and a huge fan of Mike Priest.

Ali George is an Edinburgh based writer who mostly writes stories for children. You can find her work in Dactyl, Beyond the Horizon (from Bamboccioni Books) and all over the internet. She blogs at 12books12months.com

Peter U. Murphy: A Glaswegian aspiring writer, recipient of SAAS payments with the hope of one day owning a dog. Currently working on a short story style podcast, he writes mainly for pleasure and his degree. As a survivor of redundancy, he enjoys taking part in drama with Strathclyde Uni’s Re-Act Theatre Group, with which he has; written, acted and presided over. Normally too tentative to submit work he hopes that this will change soon.

Podcast #3 – IKEA

We are delighted to launch our third podcast on the theme of IKEA. You can stream it now via Soundcloud.

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Android users should click here instead.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Thomas Stewart is a Columnist for Litro NY and has had his fiction, poetry and essays published at The Cadaverine, The Stockholm Review, Rockland, Storgy, Anomaly, Agenda Broadsheet, among others. His debut poetry pamphlet, Creation is forthcoming from Red Squirrel Press. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick and a BA in English from the University of South Wales. He enjoys folk music, horror films, suburban fiction, watches, cooking, patterned jumpers and beat poetry. He is afraid of the dark.

Max Scratchmann came into being as a flat pack form IKEA and was discontinued very soon after the original units were sold in the 1950s, so there are very few versions of him still around today.  However, he has been spotted on the poetry scene from time to time, and another incarnation of him appears to like to illustrate, while a third assembled unit seems to enjoy writing books and has produced lots of them.  Mostly as flat packs.

Dan Stathers has incredibly hairy knees. He enjoys talking nonsense in pubs and spends a great deal of his time at the bottom of a garden.

Michael McGill is an Edinburgh-based performer who has appeared at Inky Fingers, Blind Poetics, The Accelerator and Last Monday at Rio.  He has also appeared as part of Big Word Performance Poetry and on The Verb on BBC Radio 3.  Recently, he has had work published in RAUM, New Walk, The Haiku Quarterly and on The Open Mouse and Hot Tub Astronaut websites.

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 appearances in the videos for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘Blurred Lines.’ 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.

Nick Brooks is a novelist and poet who lives and works in Glasgow. He has twice won a Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) Writer’s Award, and most recently was awarded a stipend by the Royal Literary Fund. He has published three novels to date; My Name Is Denise Forrester (2005), and The Good Death (2007), both Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and Indecent Acts with Freight (2014). Forthcoming works include a collection of erotic haiku, called Sexy Haiku, due in 2015 through Freight, and a first collection of poetry, The Dog in the Disco, through Dive Buki in Slovakia, also due this year sometime. When not more gainfully employed, Nick is a full-time stalker with a pronounced limp.

Kevin P. Gilday is an award winning writer and spoken word artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Kevin has been performing for five years, during which time he has solidified himself as one the foremost spoken word artists to emerge from the fertile Scottish poetry scene. Kevin has written four solo shows, completed two national tours, published two pamphlets and appeared at a whole host of festivals including Wickerman, Doune the Rabbithole, Lingo Festival (Dublin), the Edinburgh Fringe (three times), the Toronto Fringe and the Glastonbury Festival. Kevin also enjoys competing in slams for fun, miraculously winning a few (the StAnza Digital Slam, the Creative Stirling Slam, the Four Cities Slam) and has competed at the national finals on three occasions (coming 3rd twice). Kevin is also the host of Rhyming Optional, Glasgow’s dedicated spoken word radio show, and co-host of Sonnet Youth, a new alternative spoken word night for Scotland’s burgeoning scene.

Born but not bred in a market town in Fife, Stella Birrell‘s mum claims her line can be traced back to Genghis Khan via Russian Aristocracy, while her father’s grandparents were big in the Art Nouveau in Hungary at the beginning of the 20th Century. Despite the richness of this gene pool, Stella herself only appears to have inherited weak wrists, and a penchant for sitting down to write stories. Her debut novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? will be published by Crooked Cat Books in 2016.

Ian McKenzie has contributed poems to anthologies about Luddites, death and dog poo. His work has also featured in Raum Magazine. Whilst his house is full of IKEA furniture, he hates it almost as much as he hates the Royal Family, who probably think they are too good for IKEA. Bring on the flat-pack guillotine!’

Ian Richardson has been reading books and comics for years. Eventually, inevitably, he started writing. The first piece he ever wrote won a competition but he’s not been able to maintain that 100% success rate. He did have two pieces of poetry published in RAUM poetry magazine in 2015 and was overall winner in the Scottish Borders Waverley Lines contest. Ian enjoys writing bios in the third person, drinks a lot of coffee, doesn’t sleep much and is currently supposed to be working on the sequel to his e-book on Jukepop.

Alexandra Voutsina is an artist with an academic background in psychology, interior architecture and graphic design. She is trying to convey messages concerning the problematic issues of the contemporary world,  through different media. This media includes photography, graphic design, printing and creative writing.  To discover more about her work one can visit www.alexandravoutsina.com