Poetry Platform

with Richard Barnett, Janet Sutherland, Diana Hendry & Hamish Whyte

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£15, under-18s £5 (Including a sandwich lunch)

Saturday, 14th September 2019 | 11.45am-3.45pm

The Little Theatre, King Street, Nairn

Diana Hendry & Hamish Whyte
Edinburgh-based poets Diana Hendry and Hamish Whyte live, work and perform together.Diana has published six collections of poems, including the recent The Watching Stair (Worple Press, 2018) and the collaborative Second Wind (Saltire Society/Scottish Poetry Library): poems on ageing. She has written over 40 children’s books, including the Whitbread-winning Harvey Angell. The Seeing was shortlisted both for the Costa Prize and Scottish Book of the Year. Her short stories have been widely published and broadcast and she was the first writer in residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Hamish has had three collections of poems published by Shoestring Press, A Bird in the Hand, The Unswung Axe and Things We Never Knew. A pamphlet Now the Robin came out from HappenStance Press in 2018. He has edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, and runs Mariscat Press, publishing the poetry of Edwin Morgan, Stewart Conn, Douglas Dunn, Jackie Kay, Gael Turnbull, and Christine De Luca, among others. Hamish is an Honorary Research Fellow in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and a member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets.

In 2007 Diana and Hamish received a joint Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, and the resulting sojourn in France produced a series of poems exploring contemporary family relationships, which they will be performing, with additions, at the Festival.

Janet Sutherland
Janet Sutherland was born in Wiltshire and grew up on a dairy farm. Home Farm (Shearsman Books, 2019) is her fourth collection. Burning the Heartwood, Hangman’s Acre and Bone Monkey are her previous collections, all from Shearsman Books. She has an MA in American Poetry from the University of Essex. Her poems are widely anthologised and have appeared in magazines such as Poetry Ireland Review, The New Humanist, The London Magazine, The New Statesman, The Spectator and Poetry Review. In 2018 she received a Hawthornden Fellowship.
She won the 2017 Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition.

Author photo by Tom Reeves

Richard Barnett
Richard Barnett is a poet and a historian. Seahouses, his first collection, came out with Valley Press in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Poetry Business Prize. He taught the history of science and medicine at Cambridge, UCL, and Oxford for more than a decade, and his history books include Medical London, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and The Sick Rose, an international bestseller.

Special Offer

This event is part of the Joint ticket for Poetry Platform & Creative writing workshop £30 offer. Buy tickets for the following events and get £6.00 off the joint ticket price.

  • Poetry Platform
  • Diana Hendry & Hamish Whyte


Price: Adult £15.00 / under-18s £5.00
(plus £1.00 booking fee*)

*Our booking fee covers the additional costs associated with online ticket sales, including the maintenance of our shop facility.