Catherine Street / Modern Edinburgh Film School / Iain Morrison


I’m making a contribution to an evening at the CCA in Glasgow, in the form of a lecture/talk/poetry-reading (it’s a bit of all of those) on Tuesday 26th May, 2015 at 6.30pm. The page on CCA’s website outlining the event is here.

It’s a hard one to paraphrase as part of the idea of the event is to open up to wider discussion and thinking around a project called Ripples on the Pond, which is showcasing women’s work in the Glasgow city collection, with particular attention to possible connections to be made between works on paper and moving image work. My involvement comes through an invitation from Alex Hetherington under the name of Modern Edinburgh Film School, an unapparent space/body which he curates. Catherine Street is one of the moving image artists featured in the Ripples on the Pond programme and the evening centres on her work, including a presentation from Catherine herself and the chance to experience some of her film and audio work. I’m taking as my role for the evening, the presentation of some thinking about how poetry and work in text can mirror some of the same processes that Catherine talks about her work being interested in: mainly the idea of multiple presentations of the self through layered recordings and live elements. I’m looking at the idea of variant readings and how they feature in editorial and performance work. Unsurprisingly to those of you who know my interests, Emily Dickinson will feature!

There’s more information on the whole Ripples on the Pond project here.

And here’s the Modern Edinburgh Film School tumblr here.

And not least, Catherine Street’s website here.

This is one of the more open briefs I’ve had for a while and I’m really enjoying the chance to open up my thinking in the space created by this linking into other practices and artforms. Come and see what transpires if you can.



Iain Morrison reading @ Verse Hearse (Glasgow. 23rd Oct 7pm)

Hello Poetry-Pickers,

I’m reading again next week. In a foray outside of Edinburgh City limits, I’ll be appearing at Verse Hearse in happening Glasgow. The details for the event are on facebook here. In summary, it’s from 7-10pm at the Rio Cafe in Glasgow’ West End. I’d say more, but would risk sounding like a tourist guide, because the truth is I don’t know Glasgow as well as I’d like, although I’ve been there more times in the two year’s of living back in Edinburgh than I was in the 18 years of growing up here in the first place. I like the sound of this Rio Cafe, I’ll say that much.

I’m sharing a bill with David Kinloch (his website here). I’m looking forward to discovering his work. He sounds very accomplished, with three Carcanet publications under his belt.

And as well as getting to hear us read, you can join in after the break at an open mic section. The word is, it’s good. The night’s certainly run by friendly, good people, Calum Roger and Stewart ‘Sandy’ Sanderson, who wear their intellect with cheeky grins.

Get there early if you want to see me, I think. I’m probably going to read my sequence about the Venice cemetery island, so here’s a taster:


Your life has been as short as a smile

Their photos are bossy and glossy and glum,

or sometimes off-putting and sometimes a character treat. I like best

the ones which show them entirely alive,

though maybe this is perverse and salt in the wound, mud in their eye.

The shots that hurt are those of the mopey, the woebegone gone

or of the glossed, the unmossy young.

I can’t [well, couldn’t] wait, for the weekend to begin. Aha!

Ok, just a teensy wee update, given I’ve been not posting much and that the reason for that is that I’ve been doing the sort of stuff that I said I would be tracking. This last weekend was a nice  contiguity of a couple of my creative interests. I was through in Glasgow on Friday night to see my friend Tom Marshman perform at Buzzcut. Was a great excuse to visit The Old Hairdressers too. I’m realising that Glasgow is really a lot like Bristol in terms of quirky artist-led community spaces. Anyway, loved that and enjoyed getting a bit out of my, er, comfort zone.

Then, yesterday I caught the last day of StAnza, the poetry festival in St Andew’s. Picked the Sunday because previously discussed Joe Dunthorne was reading and Kathleen Jamie too (she’s doing an event at the Gallery next month so was good to get my ear back into her work). One of the things I loved about both weekend festivals was that I was able at each to talk directly to the performers about what they were doing. It made both events feel much more animating/energising and I really value that part of the festival experience. Plus kudos to whoever the girl was who was reading poems out to punters around the bar.

So, turns out Edinburgh in Spring is a pretty decent base to get to get to my various culturals from. Good to see friends old and new.

And lest anyone think that I was skiving off Mother’s Day, I took Mum and Dad to the pictures on Saturday in the middle to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. #guiltypleasures