June’s showcase features two East End poets. David Moffat who was born in the East End of Glasgow, and Mary Thomson who has made her home here. Some of history’s greatest thinkers have attempted to step back from the minutia of their own lives in order to better see what it is that they share with all humans. With a knowledge of what it is that is universal in all of our lives, self-awareness is surely the key to a life lived in full, which is why the ancients great challenge to themselves was, ‘Man, know thyself! Moffat and Thomson will present their own distinctive styles of poetry, reading and sharing poems in which they consider the universal ages and stages of life, from two very distinctive perspectives.
David Moffat: A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, David Moffat is the author of the illustrated childhood memoir, Walking doon the Gallowgate and 50 Poems Plus. His poetry has appeared in various publications including The Herald, Glasgow Review of Books, Mind the Time, and The Fat Damsel. His illustrated poems can be seen on Facebook. (What is his FB Page?). For more information on David: https://www.facebook.com/david.moffat.395
Mary Thomson: Born on a farm in Cheshire, with a working life in the arts spent in Yorkshire, Mary Thomson married a Scot and moved to Scotland in 2005. She has published seven pamphlet of her collected poems, four of which were written in her study overlooking Glasgow Green. The East End of Glasgow is her seventeenth home since the age of eighteen. She has no plans to move from the East End. Mary regularly posts on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/marythomsonpoet
Moffat and Thomson’s presentation will be followed by an Open Mic – Speakeasy Style. Calling all Creatives, we’re celebrating Windrush Day to honour the British Caribbean community and the landing of the first Caribbean migrants. We’re celebrating the contributions of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. This is open to interpretation. Slots are 5-7 minutes to be allocated on a first come first served basis. To secure a slot contact Ruby McCann: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our host for the evening is poet, writer, and critic, Jim Ferguson: http://www.jimfergusonpoet.co.uk/
Cheeky Besom Productions: ‘Artists with Attitude’: (Jim Ferguson, poet, writer, and critic, Louise Malone, artist, Ruby McCann, writer, Brian McFall, musician) A Glasgow based artist collective. We devise concepts, split all running costs, and collaborate to create: sharing knowledge, making and creating, for the love of art. We champion artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
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