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AUTHOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FUND

RS has been granted funding from Publishing Scotland / Scottish Books International's Author International Travel Fund, to support her appearance at the Between.Pomiędzy festival in Gdańsk, Poland in June 2024, reading from her new collection Long Field Loop (Tapsalteerie). 

NEW COLLECTION: LONG FIELD LOOP

RS's new full-length poetry collection Long Field Loop is now available for pre-order with publisher Tapsalteerie.

Pre-orders include UK + international postage for the print book; with ePub edition orders opening on the publication date (23rd May). “an extraordinary, utterly unique collection … an antidote to the Anthropocene” – John Glenday. "Sharp’s is the warmest kind of magic. Long Field Loop is more than a book, it’s an invitation to a party." – Amanda Yates Garcia. Written while RS was Artist-in-Residence with the Centre for Energy Ethics (University of St Andrews) 2022-2024, supported by Creative Scotland and the CEE. 

LONG FIELD LOOP: LAUNCH EVENTS

RS's new collection Long Field Loop launches at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on Thursday 23rd May, 6pm. Free, with booking required, here. Other events through the year include Gdańsk, Glasgow, Crail, Edinburgh, Stirling and Montrose - keep an eye on the Diary for dates as they're added. 

I OFFER YOU A NEEDLE - STANZA POETRY FESTIVAL

A new collaboration between RS and Monika Szuba (University of Gdańsk + Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society): a braided text, I offer you a needle. RS + MS premiered the text at StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival on 10th March, accompanied by a workshop with RS + Elodie Laügt (Centre for Poetic Innovation) as part of the same online event. 

PEATLAND POEM

RS's poem 'Peatland' is featured on the newly launched 'Peatland Restoration: A Guide for Crofting Communities', taken from her forthcoming new collection Long Field Loop (Tapsalteerie, May 2024). 

WRITING GROUP ANNOUNCED

RS leads a new creative/writing programme at Off the Rails Arthouse in Ladybank, FifeOff the Rails Writing Group. The ongoing group runs in blocks of 5 fortnightly sessions (Wednesdays 6-9pm), with newcomers welcome. *Block 2 starts 17th April - booking now*. Full information, dates + how to book can be found here. 

ANTHOLOGY: HOW DO WE TALK ABOUT KNIVES

The new anthology that RS co-edited with Marcas Mac an Tuairneir and Samina Chaudhry - How Do We Talk About Knives: contemporary writers in Scotland on names, language and identity (Matecznik Press) - launched at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh in November 2023. The book is available here

POETRY FILM SHORTLISTED

Velella velella was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Trust's Scottish Landscape Awardsshown as part of the exhibition at City Art Centre, Edinburgh from Nov 2023 - March 2024. The film is made by Steve Smart, with original score by Alex South, from RS's poem of the same name. 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, CENTRE FOR ENERGY ETHICS

RS is the inaugural Artist in Residence with the Centre for Energy Ethics (University of St Andrews). For 18 months, supported by Creative Scotland and the CEE, RS will work on a full-length poetry collection, for publication with Tapsalteerie in 2024. Including online and in-person events. More information and updates about the residency can be found here

ROAD & RAIL

Newly available through Souterrain Press (RS's micro press for niche and limited edition releases) - a 1-act micro play, with illustrations by Scottish artist John Johnstone. “Rebecca Sharp’s miniature elegy channels the melancholy spirit of Ivor Cutler to navigate its way through the ups and downs of family matters, and the hand-me-down rituals that mark them. A funny, tender and ultimately triumphal rollercoaster of everyday purging, Road & Rail is anything but pedestrian.” – Neil Cooper, Writer and Critic, Edinburgh, May 2022 

 

HELIOS INTERVIEW

Read RS's interview with Imre Szeman and Caleb Wellum for the Energy Humanities' series Helios (#3), discussing all things Rough Currency.

POEM RECORDING

Enjoy this short reading with imagery, of RS's prose poem The Residents of Airth, from Rough Currency. 

ROUGH CURRENCY

Rough Currency, RS's poetry pamphlet collection with Tapsalteerie is available here. "...an achingly beautiful, far-sighted sequence... Visionary. Oracular. Fearless. Compelling."- John Glenday

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