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Join Tapsalteerie at Good Press, Glasgow, to celebrate the launch of Makar/Unmakar: Twelve Contemporary Poets in Scotland – a new anthology showcasing a dozen of the most vital poets living and writing in Scotland today.
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, Tessa Berring, and Juana Adcock.
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
Juana Adcock is a poet and translator working in English and Spanish. Her work has appeared in publications such as Magma, Shearsman, Gutter & Glasgow Review of Books, and her second book ‘Split’ (published by Blue Diode, and excerpted in ‘makar/unmakar’) is the Poetry Book Society Choice for Winter 2019.
“[Split is] a lyrical exploration of the intersection between Mexican myths, cultural displacements and language in the context of personal and political interrogations. Split fiercely questions notions of translingualism, the female body and what it means to transcend history and ancestry” – Leo Boix
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.
Glasgow, G1 5PD United Kingdom