Soon to be rebuilt by the Clyde

Clydebuilt - copyright McAteer Photography

Clydebuilt - copyright McAteer Photography

I am lucky enough to have been chosen as one of four mentees of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme this year, run by St Mungo’s Mirrorball and Glasgow City Council. My fellow mentalists are the wonderful Maggie Rabatski, whose poetry I’ve long admired, and Vicki Husband and Mark Russell, both excellent writers (I have been devouring anything I could find online!) The mentor will be Alexander Hutchison, a well respected poet in Scots and English, whose most recent collection, Scales Dog,  I am very much enjoying! Sandy has worked mostly in universities, including in Canada and the USA, though he gave up being a literary academic some time ago. He has always been interested in the relation between poetry and the other arts, and the possibilities for collaboration. His poem ‘Mr Scales Walks His Dog’, an underground perennial, was composed in the early seventies and drew praise from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael Ondaatje. I am very honoured to be working with him and the other mentees, and very excited at the prospect of being a student again!


About Pedalling Poetry

Writer Ellen McAteer is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, General Manager at Poetry London magazine. She was a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, and a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape, as well as a solo singer who won a BBC Radio competition with her song Blue Valentine. She was Director of the Poetry Trust, which ran the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, a visiting lecturer at Oxford University's MSt in creative writing, and a member of the core group of performers at the Hammer and Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. She is a qualified Librarian.
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