Posted by: scottishwriters | August 10, 2014

Mssrs Menaghan & Jackson

Our next event will take place in two cities, on two consecutive days.

Firstly – Monday 18th August 2014; 1.00pm,
Word Power Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB.

Secondly – Tuesday 19th August 2014, 7pm to 8.30pm,
CCA Club Room, Glasgow.

An Evening of Poetry with John Menaghan and Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson & John Menaghan

A prize-winning poet and playwright, John Menaghan has published four books with Salmon Poetry (Ireland): All the Money in the World (1999), She Alone (2006), What Vanishes (2009), and Here and Gone (2014).

Kirkus Reviews called All the Money in the World “an auspicious beginning.”
The Hudson Review called She Alone “one of the best books of 2006.”
Books Ireland described What Vanishes as as an “evocative” and “experimental” collection, with a jazz-like form and flow.

Four of his short plays have received productions in Los Angeles, and one in Omaha. Of those plays, A Rumor of Rain was published in The Hollow & Other Plays (2008). Menaghan teaches literature and creative writing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of both the Irish Studies and Summer in Ireland programs.

Andy Jackson takes his poetic inspiration from the most unlikely sources – the inner secrets of dentistry, legends of music hall, conspiracy theories, dance crazes, cult movies, and public conveniences. Quirky and engaging, his poetry is accessible but rooted in strong image and narrative. Ian McMillan described his first collection as ‘alive with possibility and excitement’.

Andy is from Salford, but has lived in Scotland for over 20 years. His debut collection, The Assassination Museum, was published by Red Squirrel in 2010; he is the editor of Split Screen – an anthology of poems inspired by film & TV (Red Squirrel 2012) – and its forthcoming sequel, Double Bill. With WN Herbert, Andy co-edited Whaleback City, an historical anthology of Dundee poems (Dundee University Press 2013). He is a previous winner of the Baker Prize and the National Galleries of Scotland competition. A second collection is due in 2015.

Tickets: £6 (£3 for concessions). Free to SWC members.

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