Every Woman poem in Dazzle Ships pamphlet

Ciara Phillips’ Dazzle Ship in Leith Docks

Just a quick update to big-up the Dazzle Ships project that my poem ‘Every Woman’ has been included in!

Essentially, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, artist Ciara Phillips was commissioned to ‘dazzle’ a ship at Leith docks in the style of warships that were dazzled in the First World War as a form of camouflage. It is an amazing piece of art, which can still be viewed (so go check it out near Ocean Terminal while you can!), hand painted by a team of women artists, mirroring the women who painted the ships during the war.

Marjorie Lotfi Gill invited a group of 20 women poets (including me!) to write poems responding to the dazzle ship for a pamphlet called Signal. You can read Marjorie’s blog post to learn more about this project and the pamphlet:

My poem ‘Every Woman’, inspired by the dazzle ship, was the Scottish Poetry Library’s Poem of the Moment last week so you can read it here: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/every-woman

Poem of the Moment
My poem ‘Every Woman’ on the Scottish Poetry Library website

At the start of the Edinburgh Art Festival, poems from the pamphlet were read to kick off the exhibit, but a launch for the pamphlet with readings of some of the Dazzle poems will take place at Edinburgh Book Shop on August 22nd:

Signal pamphlet launch
at the Edinburgh Book Shop (Bruntsfield, at Holy Corner)
Monday 22 August
Free but ticketed.

Spaces are limited but I hope you can make it if you’re in the area! And definitely have a gander of the Dazzle Ship while it is still in port. A sight to behold!

EDIT: Readings of the poems are now available on Soundcloud here! Thanks Marjorie for reading mine in my absence!

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