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Join us for a special night of Tapsalteerie poetry to celebrate the launch of Tim Craven’s debut poetry pamphlet, Lake Effect. Reading alongside Craven will be Kate Tough and Calum Rodger.
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Tim Craven lives in Edinburgh where he is completing a PhD examining the characterisation of mental illness in Confessional poetry. He studied neuroscience at the University of Manchester and received his MFA from Syracuse University. He is a creative writing tutor at SUISS.
Praise for Lake Effect:
‘Tim Craven’s spirituality is physical, anatomical [bone, blood, lymph, the pineal gland]. To read him is to feel the weight of the body, its thereness and its imminent vanishing. Even his shadows are heavy. The rituals of traveling or doing nightshift work are prayers, a reckoning of the damages and an “embrace of the absence”. I find in these poems an energy and a vehemence that gives off the light and heat we need in dark, cold places. And they are made with an exactitude and grace. An impressive entrance.’
– Bruce Smith
‘From the lyrical and questing ‘Neuroanatomy practical’ to the rollicking, plangent ‘Moby Dick’, this pamphlet combines speculative energy with vivid concreteness. This debut from Craven is ‘as perfect / as a racehorse or a fresh layer of frost.’
– Jane McKie
Kate Tough’s novel Keep Walking, Rhona Beech (Abacus) was released in April 2019 and her stories have been included in journals such as The Brooklyn Review, The Texas Review and Gutter. Her poem ‘People Made Glasgow’ was selected as a Best Scottish Poem 2016 and her Tapsalteerie poetry pamphlet, ’tilt-shift’, was Runner Up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, 2017, and mentioned in that year’s Times Literary Supplement’s notable pamphlets.
Calum Rodger is a poet, critic, perfomer, co-director at SUISS and the Scottish slam champion 2019. His pamphlets Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism and Glasgow Flourishes were both published by Tapsalteerie, while his most recent publication Ports (classic 20th century poems reimagined as video game texts) was produced by Spam Press. Another Tapsalteerie pamphlet is forthcoming later this year.