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 will premiere the text at StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival on 10th March, followed by a workshop with RS + Elodie Laügt (Centre for Poetic Innovation) as part of the same online event. See DIARY for details.
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
Starting in January 2024, RS will be leading a new programme at Off the Rails Arthouse in Fife: Off the Rails Writing Group. The series starts on 24th January with a block of 5 fortnightly sessions (Wednesdays 6-9pm), with the intention of establishing a regular guided group. Two subsidised places are available. 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 Awards and is being shown 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 be working 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
Read RS's interview with Imre Szeman and Caleb Wellum for the Energy Humanities' series Helios (#3), discussing all things Rough Currency.
Enjoy this short reading with imagery, of RS's prose poem The Residents of Airth, from 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