Thursday, 7 April 2022

Shearsman Books events are back!

Shearsman Books readings are back in their familiar and lovely Bloomsbury venue in London! Bridget Khursheed will be joining Josephine Balmer this April reading from The Last Days of Petrol and Ghost Passage. Tony Frazer is hosting the event.

The event takes place at the Swedenborg Hall on 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH on Tuesday 12 April 2022 at 7:30pm. Entry is free!

More information and more event news here 

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

The Last Days of Petrol out now from Shearsman Books

I am excited to say that The Last Days of Petrol is now out - or LDoP as I have taken to calling it in my head and to the very wonderful Tony Frazer editor at Shearsman Books.

As soon as the book came out, I got asked for an interview on BBC Radio Scotland.

Billed up above Andy Warhol but deservedly below Glasgow!

I found myself discussing topics ranging from the Dalkeith buzzard and its habits, writing poetry in the car, Soutra and the Borders speed camera vigilante with Grant Stott. I couldn't bear to listen back! And I think unless you know someone in the BBC - the interview is now tucked away for posterity. 

I had a great visit to my amazing local bookshop in Melrose - The Reading Room!

There are already a couple of very kind and lovely reviews from:

  • Joyce MacMillan at The Scotsman here

    "sensual, vivid and at times heartbreaking poetry of Bridget Khursheed"

  • Beth McDonough at DURA (Dundee) here 

    " Khursheed’s poems deserve revisiting and careful driving. The journey is far from over."

And of course you can also try before you buy on the Shearsman website online here or in your own favourite bookshops

More news on upcoming readings at StAnza in St Andrews, in London and back home in Melrose coming soon - if you would like to hear me read.

Or let me know and I will see what we can come up with.


Sunday, 21 November 2021

The Last Days of Petrol out from Shearsman January 2022

How does it feel? Living in the last days of petrol?

A new poetry collection from p&g is coming out in January 2022 from Shearsman Books.

When everything is water

How did we get here? The roads have gone
Once there was a network and we plugged into that

Buses came for school only to the road end
Now they are swept away by the waves.

We are the central point our island of barn and beasts
Three bairns and many thrushes.

There is nothing left to share.
Fodder all squared up.

Once the helicopter came like a bee
Drawn by the flowers still blooming by the door.

More here

The book cover photo is a picture of Selkirk swimming pool in the rain

Monday, 23 August 2021

Roar stage recordings available now

Catch all the majesty and power of the spoken word Roar stage!

Live recordings of our Stowed Out Festival line up for 2021 includes Harry Josephine GilesImogen Stirling and poet&geek available now

Monday, 26 July 2021

Roar stage Stowed Out Festival 14th August 2021

Feel the power of the spoken word Roar stage! Our Stowed Out Festival line up for 2021 includes Harry Josephine Giles, Imogen Stirling and poet&geek. Nothing is going to stop the action! Join us for live poetry and live music. And it is free. 

Streaming from here 14th August 2021 more on schedule coming soon 

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Roar Stage opportunity available August 14th 2021

Do you want to appear on the Roar Stage? Seeking spoken word poet for a short set paid opportunity 14th August at the amazing boutique Stowed Out Festival

This year acts will be performing at MacArts and streamed. Acts appearing in previous years include Iona LeeHarry Josephine Giles, Katie Ailes, Sally Evans, Colin Will, Solareye, Rab Wilson, Saz Clark, Jules Horne, Stuart Jones, Calum Bannerman, Anita John, Thomas Clark and Bridget Khursheed.

We are prerecording at MacArts so flexible on time and date to do that.

Send us your vids ideally by the end of June please but the sooner the better. Get in touch the usual way - see details here - or via our social. Cheers! Cannot wait now!