This unique collaboration series between food & poetry will use flavour, scent, and colour in response to some of Scotland’s most distinct voices. A delicious evening which will touch all of your senses.
Hosted by Salitre award winning poet Ryan Van Winkle, 'Simmer' pairs four poets with dishes carefully selected & prepared to illuminate and echo their work. Readings will be from Andrew Greig, Jane McKie , Miriam Gamble, and Robert Alan Jamieson.
Andrew Greig is regarded as one of Scotland's leading and most versatile writers. He has published over twenty books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the latest being the micro-Odyssey 'Found At Sea' which was produced as a play at the Traverse and broadcast on Radio 4. He lives in Edinburgh and Orkney.
Jane McKie's first two collections of poetry were Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), which won the Sundial/Scottish Arts Council award for best first book of 2007, and When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009). In 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan poetry prize and published a pamphlet, Garden of Bedsteads, with Mariscat Press, a PBS Choice. Her most recent collection is Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
Originally from Belfast, Miriam Gamble lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), which won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011, and Pirate Music (2014), both published by Bloodaxe.
Alan Jamieson was born in 1958 in the crofting community of Sandness on Shetland. After publishing two novels (Soor Hearts and Thin Wealth) and a collection of poetry, Shoormal, during the 1980s, Alan Jamieson studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh as a mature student, before taking up the William Soutar Fellowship in Perth (1993-96). He co-edited Edinburgh Review from 1993 until 1998, and was Creative Writing Fellow at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, 1998-2001.
He currently teaches on the Creative Writing course at Edinburgh University. His most recent publications are a collaboration with the painter Graeme Todd, Mount Hiddenabyss (Fruitmarket Gallery, 2000), Ansin T'Sjaetlin: Some Responses To The Language Question (Samisdat, 2005) and Nort Atlantik Drift (Luath, 2007).
If you would like to join in this evening of thought, lyrics and flavours, please book early to avoid disappointment. If the previous iteration of Simmer is anything to go by, it will be a surefire success, and a joy for all. The dinner costs £42 per person, with an optional drinks pairing of £35 with drinks chosen to match the menu, and of course, the poems.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 258 0758 to secure your place.