Dooslan Staying Hame

Enjoy some poetry written during lockdown and performed by some of Renfrewshire’s finest contemporary poets and spoken-word artists.

As a celebration of Renfrewshire’s cultural activism, local poets and spoken word artists will share a new piece of work inspired by some of the Sma’ Shot 2020 themes.

You can also watch the show on our Facebook Event page.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the performers.

Paisley-born Shaun Moore (host) has performed at Spoken Word events and music festivals all over Britain. Part of the vibrant creative and music scene in Renfrewshire, Shaun loves taking poetry to new audiences, for radio, comedy clubs, community and charity events, rallies, conferences and private functions. Since 2015 he has organised and hosted the annual Sma’ Shot Bigshot Poetry Slam and is excited about this year’s innovations.

Mairi Murphy graduated from Glasgow University MLitt with distinction, where she was awarded the 2016 Alistair Buchan Prize for poetry. Published in New Writing Scotland 30 & 35, her first collection Observance was published by Clochoderick Press in 2018. She is the co-founder of Four-em Press, publishing Glasgow Women Poets in 2016.

M McCorquodale is a writer living in Glasgow. M has performed across Glasgow and Edinburgh. In 2018 her first poetry collection What I Told Frank was published. M is currently working on a novel. M’s writing focuses on themes like mental health, identity, relationships and a healthy dose of punk.

R Munford is a writer and poet based in Renfrewshire. Munford has been studying an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde for the last year and is currently working on a novel. Munford’s writing explores themes such as identity, mental health and discrimination.

Tracy Patrick lives and writes in Paisley. Her debut novel, Blushing is for Sinners, was commended by the Saltire First Book of the Year judges 2019.

George Colkitto writes for the pleasure of words Recent publications are two poetry collections from Diehard Press, The Year of the Loch and Waitin tae meet wie the Deil and a pamphlet from Cinnamon Press, Brantwood, that place of Little Green Poems.

Gordon Christopher Powrie is a poet born and bred in Paisley. A multiple poetry slam winner and 3 three-time Scottish Poetry Slam Championship finalist, Gordon performs live at various venues around Scotland. All poets need a day job; Gordon is a support teacher for care experienced young people in Renfrewshire.

Andy Judge is a poet from Paisley and regular performer on the Glasgow scene. After years of ranting into the void about politics on Facebook, he decided to experiment by switching to live performances, so he could be stone-faced in real time. At least in that respect, he’s quite happy that the lockdown means he can now do this from home.


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