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
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:
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!