These poets are makars in the true sense: poets as makers, their poetry a vehicle for making (and unmaking) ideas of identity, community, reality and truth, realised within and against a world of austerity and precarity, reactionary right-wing populism, surveillance capitalism and ecological catastrophe.
With readings from Callie Gardner, Colin Herd, Tess Berring, and possibly more to be announced...
(Makar/Unmakar is edited by Calum Rodger and features poetry by Juana Adcock, Tessa Berring, Callie Gardner, Harry Josephine Giles, Colin Herd, Daisy Lafarge, Nick-e Melville, Iain Morrison, Nat Raha, Maria Sledmere, Alice Tarbuck & Kate Tough.)
Callie Gardner is a poet based in Glasgow. They edit the poetry magazine Zarf and its associated pamphlet press Zarf Editions. Callie's collection 'naturally it is not' was published by The 87 Press in 2018; a long poem in four parts, it 'moves between form, part lyric, part manifesto, part essay ... a truly unique blend of avant-garde rhetoric, utopian politics, and elemental alchemy.'
Colin Herd lectures on Creative Writing at Glasgow university and is a poet, fiction writer and critic with four full collections to his name, including 2017’s Click + Collect (Boiler House Press) - 'a sequence of poems that explores the shape and shaping of consumerism, internet culture, queerness and emotion.'
Tessa Berring is a poet who engages regularly with other collaborative and interdisciplinary art projects. She also works extensively in translation, most recently in Riga, with the Latvian Literature Platform. Her first full poetry collection, Bitten Hair, was recently released by Blue Diode Press.
'There is both tenderness and violence in Bitten Hair — and there is a beautiful need for reality ...The need for reality gives us strangeness. The strangeness gives lyric, that voice, so delicate and so raw: one feels like one is overhearing a love song in a time when all love songs are in crisis.' - Ilya Kaminsky
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