Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ninjas with Bullets

On Tuesday night Vital Synz was at Sloans, where Chloe Morrish was reading from "Three Little Ninjas" and Brian Turner from "Here, Bullet":

Monday, March 17, 2008

Byres Road

Took these on the way home from part one of the Frenzy. I didn't half get some funny looks while taking the second one...

Sunday, March 16, 2008


This week sees the final leg of the mad poetry frenzy that's been gripping Glasgow recently!

Tomorrow at 5.30pm in Glasgow Uni's St. Andrews Building, Donny is launching his new book of poems about New Mexico: "The Cleft in my Heart".

And on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Sloans Bar, Argyle St. Brian Turner will be reading from his collection of poems: "Here, Bullet".

Do come along!

Hive Mind

A whole page of wee pictures, organised by the Flickr Hive Mind:

Friday, March 14, 2008


Scaremonger in the Anatomy Museum

Last night was the Vital Synz reading with Simon Armitage and Hazel Frew in the Anatomy Museum at Glasgow University (the title of this entry is stolen from David Kinloch who pointed out that it was quite a good venue for a reading from someone in a band called The Scaremongers).

Lots of books from John Smiths.

People arrive at the museum.

Hazel reading some of her poems.

Hazel and Simon.

Pictures of Simon Armitage reading.

Hazel again.

Hazel and Simon pose with books (I certainly didn't make them do this at all...)

Clarence Coloured

Friday, March 07, 2008

Simon Armitage at the Anatomy Theatre

The next Vital Synz event is a reading by Simon Armitage on 13th March at 7.30pm in the Anatomy Building at Glasgow University. Tickets cost £10 (£5 conc.) and are on sale at the door from 7pm.

Simon Armitage is widely recognised as one of the major UK poets of today. He was born in West Yorkshire, and works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and playwright. He has won many major poetry awards, and has published many collections.

Also reading on the night will be Hazel Frew, one of the current St Mungo’s Mirrorball poets.

If you're not familiar with the location of the Anatomy Building (i.e. you're not a Glasgow Uni medic) have a quick look at the map below, to which I've added a large, friendly red arrow...

Saturday, March 01, 2008

The Vital Synz Leonard Cohen Supper took place on Thursday - here are some photos...

Everyone gathered in the Ballroom at Sloans, just before the start.

Stuart Ennis

Donny O'Rourke.

The ceremonial teapot-and-orange bearer.

Drinking the tea.

Bringing in the tea and oranges.

Robin Wilson

A toast to Leonard Cohen.

David Kinloch

Liz Lochhead

The McCluskey Brothers.

This is what happens if you leave your camera lying around where people can get it...

A Cohen fan reads up on Simon Armitage's visit on the 13th March.

Quartet - 1, Smetana - 0

Jamie, shaking his head while looking at the third movement after having impressively managed to play the first two with only three strings following a tuning incident involving the A string: Theoretically, I should be able to play all that with the strings I have, but...

Me, in possession of a full set of strings: Theoretically, I should be able to play all that with the strings I have, but...