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), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), After Economy (Shearsman, 2017) and Origin (Shearsman, 2022). 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 the opera Snow which debuted in London in 2017, was awarded a bursary to develop a new opera with composer Samantha Fernando at the Royal Opera House and was a librettist for the award-winning 2020 covid-response Episodes project by The Opera Story. Williams curates writing events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets. She is hopeful about the simple and mysterious power of poetry that allows us to know ourselves, each other and the world more deeply.View all of jlwpoetry's posts.