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An Official Guide to Surviving the Invasion

We’ve just heard that Russell Jones’s poem, “An Official Guide to Surviving the Invasion”, is being made into a film – a horror that sees Scotland on the cusp of an unknown epidemic. Thanks to director Nathan Elliott and producers Misha McCullagh and Marian Roarty for picking up on Russell’s excellent work. You can read the poem…

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“Synchronicity is everything”: An interview with Kate Tough

Kate Tough’s pamphlet of experimental and found poetry, tilt-shift, was published by Tapsalteerie in 2016, and since then has been named runner up for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2017, and noted in The Bottle Imp’s Best Scottish Books 2016. You might also know her as the poet behind a 2016 Best Scottish Poem, ‘People…

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“Haiku moments can happen anywhere”: An interview with Iain Maloney

To launch Tapsalteerie’s very first Haiku Friday, we spoke to Iain Maloney about his recent first collection of poetry, Fractures, published by Tapsalteerie last year. Maloney was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland and he currently lives in Japan. He is known for his three novels – The Waves Burn Bright (Freight, 2016), Silma Hill (Freight, 2015)…

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Lyrical Breenge

Stuart A Paterson’s Aye, reviewed by Tom Hubbard Reviewing the Glasgow-born Irishman Pearse Hutchinson’s Collected Poems, Harry Clifton quoted Alexander Blok’s remark that a poet ‘is a human being by profession.’ The reviewer continued: ‘In the present climate, when poetry is less a fate and more a career-choice, the imperative is to professionalise first and…

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