Gigs – spoken word and music


Saturday 26th May, 3.25pm, Festival of Suffolk Poetry |New Word, Fresh Voices from the Seagull theatre.

The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket. £10.

Sunday 6th May, 12.00 pm A Kind of Stupidity | Dove Tales. Wigtown Spring Book Weekend.
ReadingLasses, 17 South Main Street | Free
Dove Tales is a new peace charity which uses the arts to oppose the arms trade and to question the increasing militarization of our society. This event features readings from A Kind of Stupidity, our new anthology of poems and prose about war.


Friday 17th November, 7pm: Cafe Poets at Pinky’s.
I will be reading some of my poems along with a good crowd of local poets at the last Cafe Poets of 2017! Free.

Sunday 12th November, 7.30pm: New Words Fresh Voices. I will be presenting some of my original music & poetry, together with Martin Lovett and Josephine Horne. £4.

Sunday 5th November, 11.30am: Poetry in Aldeburgh.
I will be reading some of my own work along with that of Amit Chaudhuri. Tiffany Atkinson will be reading at the same event, ‘Writing/Rioting,Nightrunning’, part of Poetry in Aldeburgh , the evolution of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. £7.


Friday 24th October: Launch:Relaunch, 7pm – Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in the Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow. Reading with other contributors at the launch of fourfold 4, Juana Adcock, Jim Carruth, Hazel Frew, and Mark Russell, and at the relaunch of the bookshop under its editor Kathrine Sowerby.

Friday 12th September: Stone Tape gig, 8pm – Old Hairdressers – with Big Hogg, No More Tiger, & Tom Snowball Band. £5 entry.

Wednesday 3rd September, 4-7pm: Govan and Craigton Integration Network AGM – Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G41 1BA. Refugee and asylum seeker integration charity celebration – poetry, dancing, music and food.

Sunday 24th August, 12 noon: Doune the Rabbithole Festival – Spoken Word Tent.

Friday 15th August, 9pm  – VOM, House of Snakes & Stone Tape – music gig @ 13th Note, Glasgow.

Thursday 10th July, 8pm  – Auld Enemies Tour with Jim Ferguson, combining Scots song by Robert Tannahill with poems from A Bird is Not a Stone. Other poets include Ryan Van Winkle, Nalini Paul, JL Williams, Katy Hastie, Calum Rodger, Billy Letford & Colin Herd. McChuill’s Bar, Glasgow/ Fail Better.

Thursday 12th June, 7pm  – Poetry in the Park with Glasgow Woman’s Library, in Kelvingrove Park, at An Clachan. I will be reading with Magi Gibson, Sheila Templeton, Leela Soma, and Nicola Burkhill .

Monday 2nd June, 6pm  – Launch of A Bird is Not a Stone – a groundbreaking anthology of Palestinian poetry translated into all the languages of Scotland. The collection features poems by 25 contemporary Palestinian poets and translations by as many Scots writers. I will be reading with the makar Liz Lochhead, Guardian Fiction Prize winner Alasdair Gray, Magi Gibson and Henry King. More information on the book can be found at:

Wednesday 30th April 2014, 8pm – Music – Stone Tape will be providing musical interludes for the Village Storytelling Centre at the Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG.

Thursday 24th April 2014, 3.45pm – Words – Reading at the British Comparative Literature Association Conference at Glasgow University, along with other poets involved in the translation of Palestinian Poetry into English, Scots, Gaelic and Shetlandic for the book A Bird is Not a Stone:

Thursday 13th March 2014, 8pm – Music – McAteer & McAteer will be singing a mix of Blues and contemporary compositions at Fail Better, McChuill’s pub, High St, Glasgow, alongside SHAMBLES MILLER, & BOBBY NICHOLSON.

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 6pm – Words – The last supper – poetry launch night – The Record Factory, 17 Byres Road, G11 5RD Glasgow. Free food!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 8pm – Music – Jim Ferguson – Songs to Drown a Million Souls – Book Launch – with Paul Tasker & Jim McAteer, Scotia Bar, Glasgow.


Sunday August 25 2013, 1.30pm – Music – Doune The Rabbit Hole | Festival – with Paul Tasker & Stone Tape, on the Fruit Stand/Takeover Stage. Sunday August 25 2013, 3.30pm – Words – Doune The Rabbit Hole | Festival – in the Spoken Word Tent. Saturday August 24 2013, 7.45pm – Music with Stone Tape – Doune The Rabbit Hole | Festival – in the Spoken Word Tent. Thursday 25th July 2013, 8pm – Words – “Fail Better” at McChuill’s pub on the High Street, Glasgow. With Loki, Rosie KaneJim Ferguson, Deva One, Mark Clyde, and Bram E. Gieben. Wednesday 24th July 2013, 8.15pm – Words – “The Muse at St Louis”, St Louis Cafe, 734 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6RD, with Alan Bissett. Sunday 21 July 2013, 2pm-5pm – Music – playing at a fundraiser for Grandmothers Circle the Earth Scotland at the Theosophical society, Glasgow, 17 Queens Crescent. Tuesday 18 July 2013, 6pm – Music – playing at the Rio Cafe, Hyndland St, Glasgow. Thursday 13 June 2013 – Music – playing at Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane, Glasgow, with Paul Tasker. Saturday 8 June 2013 – Music – playing at Govan Fair Fun Day, Elder Park, Glasgow. Friday, 26 April 2013, 8pm – Words – Listen In Lights Out 17The Bungo, 17 -21 Nithsdale Road, G41 2AL, with The Grey Earl (Jon Bishop), Caroline Hussey, Flora De Bechi, and Helmholtz Watson. £5 in – all proceeds going to South Seeds community gardening projects. Thursday, 18th April 2013, 7.30pm – Words –  Clydebuilt 5 Showcase at Mirrorball. Art Club, 185 Bath Street,  Glasgow, G2 4HU, with Maggie Rabatski, Vicki Husband and Mark Russell. This will also be the launch of Clydebuilt 5 Mentor Alexander Hutchison’s pamphlet of his “Tardigrade’ poem. Thursday, 11th April 2013, 7.30pm – Words and music – Fuck The Patriarchy – with Liz Lochhead, Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan, Mairi Campbell-Jack, Rachel McCrum, Lesley Rodgers. Sunday 24th March from 6pm – Words –  Reel Festivals: Found in Translation – Poems for & from Iraq The Poetry Club, 100 Eastvale Street, Glasgow. Part of Reel Iraq, a festival marking 10 years since the invasion of Iraq. Friday, 1st March, 8pm – Music – Stone Tape will be playing at Listen In Lights Out, the Bungo,  raising funds for South Seeds community projects, along with Lavinia Blackwall of Trembling Bells, a couple of Easy, Tigers! Alistair Ogilvy and Jo Anthony.

Tuesday, 19th February, 7pm – Music – Stone Tape will be playing at Tchai Ovna, along with My Lady of Clouds and Ceylan Hay.
Tuesday, 15th January, 6pm – Music – The Rio Café, 27 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5QF.

Wednesday, 9th January, 7pm – Words – Headlining at Poetry @ the Ivory, 2 Camphill Avenue  Glasgow, G41 3AY.


Vagabond Social Club Winter Festivus Friday, 14th December, 8pm – Music – Short set at The Vagabond Social Club Winter Festivus, an annual madness from the Vagabond Social Club. With The Dirt, Craig Hughes, Jim Dead, Craig McClure and Jim McAteer. openmindedThursday, 6th December, 9pm, Free Stone Tape are the featured act at the Open Minded Open Mic, McChuill’s Bar, High St, Glasgow. Thursday, 8th November, 9pm, Free – The Handsome Cadavers, MacSorley’s Music Bar, Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QG. Myself, brother Jim and Kirstie of Stone Tape fame have been recruited to the band for their first gig! Sunday, 26 August – Easy, Tiger! at Doune the Rabbit Hole, 1.45pm, Baino Tent Saturday, 25 August – Spoken Word at Doune the Rabbit Hole, 8.30pm. Ellen McAteer will be performing poetry on The Longhouse Spoken Word Stage, and singing with the band Easy, Tiger! at the Baino Tent at the Doune the Rabbit Hole festival in Carron Valley. 26th July – Words and Music – The Open-Minded Open Mic! 9pm, Mchuill’s, Glasgow. This will be a Merchant City Festival Special. Stone Tape will be out in force at this, along with the odd Easy, Tiger! and the occasional Handsome Cadaver! Yours truly will be hosting… 28th June – Word – Launch of Tip Tap Flat Glasgow Uni & GSA Anthology at Waterstones, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow. 16th June – Music – with The Stone Tape at Listen In Lights Out 14. The Go Slow Cafe, Victoria Road, Glasgow. 4th May – Music – Listen In Lights Out 13 – musical delights by candlelight. The Go Slow Cafe, Victoria Road, Glasgow. 1st April  – Word – Dharmic Angels showcase for Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday year, No Rhyme, No Reason, Jazz Bar, Chambers St, Edinburgh, from 8.30pm. 13th March – Word – Ayewrite Poetry corner, Mitchell Library, Glasgow. St Mungo’s Mirrorball regular showcase. 27th Feb – Word – Last Monday at the Rio Cafe, 8pm, 27 Hyndland Street, Glasgow. Headline poets are Jon Sands and Ken Arkind.


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