What an amazing time we had last night at the first ‘The Burning Sand’ night at Jim Lambie’s delicious new Poetry Club in Glasgow. The beautiful Sarah Lowndes invited me to read there and it was a real honour to kick off the night with some poems about sand, love, burning sand, burning love and… Sweden! Sarah then read some of her amazing poems on topics as varied as the alphabet and Facebook, and we sadly had to dash off to catch the last train in the middle of a fabulous set by the Domino-signed Glasgow band CORRECTO (Danny Saunders, the painter Richard Wright, Robert McCaffrey and Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thomson), to be followed by music from DJs, including artist Torsten Lauschmann and Anna Cook. Everyone was so lovely and kind, and It was a treat to get introduced to Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream by Jim on the way out. Do check out The Poetry Club and The Burning Sand… they rock.
Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). A collection exploring the fine line between abundance and apocalypse, After Economy, was published by Shearsman Books in May 2017. She is interested in expanding dialogues through writing across languages, perspectives and cultures and in multimodal and cross-form work, visual art, dance, opera and theatre. Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for a new opera, Snow, was Writer-in-Residence for the British Art Show 8 in Edinburgh and plays in the poetry and music band Hail of Bright Stones.View all of jlwpoetry's posts.