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Vespers presents its first three poets of 2020: Jenny Lindsay, Tony Williams and Miriam Gamble.
Jenny Lindsay is one of Scotland’s best-known spoken-word performers, and her spoken-word organisation, Flint and Pitch, was included in The List Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2017. As one half of cult literary-cabaret duo Rally & Broad (2012–16), she was described as “one of Scotland’s finest cultural innovators.” (Gutter Magazine, 2015). Jenny has performed across the UK and further afield at a variety of festivals and events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She is the author of one full collection and two pamphlets of poetry and was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012. Her publications are The Eejit Pit (2012), Ire & Salt (2015), and This Script (2019).
Tony Williams’s new poetry collection is Hawthorn City. His previous work includes The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street (shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Prize) and The Midlands. His novel Nutcase is a contemporary retelling of the medieval Icelandic Saga of Grettir the Strong. He teaches creative writing at Northumbria University and lives In rural Northumberland.
Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels in 1980 and grew up in Belfast. She studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University Belfast, where she completed a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2010. Her pamphlet, This Man’s Town, was published by tall-lighthouse in 2007. Her first book-length collection, The Squirrels Are Dead, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2010 and won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. Her second collection, Pirate Music, was published by Bloodaxe in 2014, and her third, What Planet, in May 2019. She lectures in creative writing at Edinburgh University.
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