It’s August in Edinburgh! There’s so much that is marvellous on offer, how can one choose? I’m already mourning my missing of the PJ Harvey gig, which I hear was life changing. Still to come: a few readings which it would be brilliant to see you at… I have the pleasure of reading at the…… Continue reading August in Edinburgh
I’ve been meaning to post links to all these nice blogs and articles that have come in over the past few months and haven’t had time, so I thought I would do a round up. A lovely blog by translator and poet Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese about the Polish translation workshop with poet Wojciech Bonowicz that took place at the Scottish…… Continue reading Word Up
Hello there! So much has been happening, and is happening… here are details and invitations for you: I finished up at the Scottish Poetry Library in November and will be starting at my new job as Projects and Engagement Coordinator for the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh next week – exciting!…… Continue reading Flint & Pitch plus 12-Hour Action Group
I was so honoured to host the recent Drag Queen Poetry event at the Scottish Poetry Library. When I first heard Iain Morrison reading his new sequence of Drag Queen poems in 2015, I knew they needed to be heard by more people. Iain’s brilliant friend, poet and artist Jean-François Krebs, came on board and American poet…… Continue reading Drag Queen Poetry: The Library is Open!
There’s a delicious collection of minds and hearts – David Greig (new Artistic Director of the Lyceum Theatre!), Zinnie Harris, Tiffany Jenkins, Dominic Hinde and Chrissy Barnacle – all on stage at the Traverse tomorrow night for the newest instalment of Two Minute Manifesto – and me doing a poem or two. Do join us!…… Continue reading Two Minute Manifesto
Join us if you can, tickets are available here. It’s such a treat to be part of this! PRESENTED BY PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND AS PART OF TALKFEST AT THE TRON CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Closing Time by Kevin P. Gilday; Pirlie Wee Horses by JL Williams Directed by Peter Arnott 22nd April 2015 7.45pm Free but ticketed…… Continue reading TALKFEST: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Another piece of marvellous news just came along. I have been accepted onto the 2014/2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme. For a long time now I have been working with amazing composers and musicians such as James Iremonger to explore how poetry and music can combine to produce new creations, and this feels like the next…… Continue reading Jerwood Opera Writing Programme
It was fabulous to be part of the 12-Hour Jamming Symposium recently, so many fabulous artists and thinkers involved. Here is our performance, but please do have a look at the website for more information and to see more videos from the day: STUDIO JAMMING
I will be reading, with the fabulous artist Catherine Street and other great folks, at the Here, Right Now event this weekend as part of the Edinburgh College of Art Masters Festival 2014, all details below. Hope to see you there!Edinburgh College of Art Masters Festival 2014Degree Show and EventsFind out more about the Masters Festival: http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/degreeshowMasters Festival…… Continue reading Edinburgh College of Art Masters Festival 2014
Jess and I reading our new collaborative poem ‘Tenderbox’ inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story ‘The Tinder-Box’.
It is August so no surprise that there are a multitude of exciting events to populate your diaries with. Let me add a couple of options, in case you’re in the mood. It’s wonderful to be a part of these events curated by good friends and amazing artists. Hope to see you there if you…… Continue reading Filmpoem Festival and Continuum
I’m honoured to have some poems in the current issue of the very fine journal Edinburgh Review. Not only is it a beautiful publication, but it also happens to have the theme of 50 Years of New Playwriting in Scotland, and to feature many poets I had the pleasure of working with during my years…… Continue reading Edinburgh Review
It makes me so sad to read of ignorance like this and like this. I went to school. I even got to read poetry in school, and it was wonderful. But it was in my local public library where I first remember falling in love with a book of poetry; taking it home, cherishing the words,…… Continue reading Terry Deary and Moray Council Make Me Sad
I’m so delighted to be reading tomorrow night (Friday 18 January) at Rally & Broad along with those marvellous gentlemen Ryan Van Winkle and Alan Bissett. I’m also delighted as it will be my first time back at the Counting House since the halcyon days of SiLENCiO, beloved cabaret of my youth… feels a little like…… Continue reading Rally & Broad!
I was lucky enough recently to be one of the performers at artist Catherine Street’s Continuum show, along with Catherine herself, Martin Parker and Owen Green. It was hosted at the super cool Generator Projects in Dundee. It was very cold, but very thrilling. I’m very pleased that Catherine will be showing some of her amazing films…… Continue reading Continuum at Generator
Lovely Annie has posted this very nice article on cafebabel.com — Collaborative Poetry with JL Williams — thanks Annie! Hope you enjoy.
Opul is super super excited to have two gigs coming along in December, hope to see you at: Anatomy #3 at Summerhall on 14 December and Qabalala! at the Leith Cricket Club on 21 December. James just got a Kaoss pad, so it should be particularly banging.
‘It’s a rough and ready chance to enjoy work for what it is’ Published on Thursday 20 September 2012 03:48 David Pollock on the rise of village pub theatre. “It’s easy to moan about money,” says playwright James Ley, “but it’s important to have a ‘nothing comes from nothing’ attitude too.” To this end he…… Continue reading David Pollock on the Village Pub Theatre
Getting really excited about this month’s Village Pub Theatre! There’s a social this evening, and readings of new work by Morna Pearson, James Ley, Colin Bell, Sam Siggs and myself on Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you there!