There has been a regular poetry night at Books and Beans since 2003 when it became the venue for evenings run by the Dead Good Poets group. For as long as I have been going, however, the night has been run by poet Olivia McMahon and, after putting on a long list of poets from Aberdeen and further afield, she is now stepping down.
Olivia asked myself and fellow poets Judith Taylor and Bernard Briggs if we would like to take over and, after a quick chat and a beer, we agreed we could.
I’m really pleased at this opportunity as I’ve been looking for another poetry night ever since my Per-Verse! night had its final hurrah at the end of 2014. Books and Beans is a very well established evening in the cultural calendar and Judy and Bernie will be great co-organisers.
The event is currently on its annual summer break but we will return in September with a new pamphlet from Keith Murray, Judy’s own collection (through Red Squirrel) in October and new work from Ian Crockatt in November. After Ian introduced me at the latest Pushing Out the Boat launch, I’m very pleased to be able to do the same for him. There will, of course, be an open mic section at each so please bring along your latest poems.
The event will remain free to get into, although we’ll still like you to give a couple of quid as you leave so we can pay the expenses of our poets. Thanks, as always, to Craig Wilcox for giving us such a great venue for nothing each month, and huge thanks to Olivia and Gerard for their hard work in keeping this hugely worthwhile night going.
See you in September.
An apology (25/06/17): This post originally ran with details of an incorrect history of how the night came about. I have now rectified this and ask you to disregard what you may have read before. Cheers.