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Launch: Alec Finlay and Gerry Loose

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Golden Hare Books is delighted to host the joint launch of two new collections of poetry: Gerry Loose’s night exposures and Alec Finlay’s gatherings.

Please come along and hear these two fantastic poets read from their new work and in discussion.

It is bound to be a wonderful evening, and a great opportunity to raise a glass to toast these two new collections.

Combining pressing geopolitical urgency with a subtle and gentle lyricism, as we have come to expect from Gerry Loose, his new book ranges wide, broad and deep, to settle back at home in the Scotland reinhabited by Sweeney the king, deranged and fleeing humanity, and a lilting nine-day walk from coast to coast across Scotland’s heartland.

With narratives from Nuremberg, setting city and individual citizens against a long and terrible past, and with stories of an island life – not as insular as might be imagined – in a Finland where anything or nothing may happen, with or without a Luger pistol, this book has a quiet insistence on personal experience. A unique take on the naming of endangered species here could be seen as a metaphor for what the ordinary people in these pages – and their would-be leaders – might in turn become.

Expressive and formally inventive, Loose’s seventh full collection night exposures lives right into its title: shining light into murky and overlooked corners which some might wish to be kept in the dark.




Gathering, a place-aware mapping of the Cairngorms in poems, essays, photographs and maps. Finlay worked from published collections of place-names assembled by Adam Watson, a significant contributions to folk culture, covering every ruined farm, shieling, hill, glen, burn and wood in the region. Over a period of years, Finlay expanded Watson’s catalog into a generous eco-poetical guide to the Cairngorms, accompanied by photographs showing the hills in all their seasonal guises and featuring walk guides. Names reveal the haunts of wolves and wildcats, and gives a vivid impression of the pinewoods that once grew there. With photographs by Hannah Devereux, Mhairi Law, Guy Moreton and James Dyas Davidson, and contributions by Gill Russell.



Gerry Loose has lived in England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco (briefly) and now Scotland. A slow-moving nomad, he is poet, writer and land artist who works primarily with subjects from the natural world, as well as the world of geopolitics. His poems and texts are as often found in built and natural settings as on the page.

He also designs and makes gardens. His poetry is as likely to appear in these (and ungardened landscapes) as on the page.

Among his most recent publications are Printed on WaterNew and Selected Poems (Shearsman Books), and that person himself. Vagabond Voices has published two of his poetry collections: fault line (2014) and night exposures (2018). His awards include the Creative Scotland Award, the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the Kooneen Säätiö Award and the Hermann Kesten Award.



Alec Finlay is an artist & poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms. Much of Finlay’s work considers how we as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape and ecology, with a specific interest in place-awareness, hutopianism, and rewilding. His most recent book, gathering, is a place-aware guide to the Cairngorms published by Hauser & Wirth in association with Fife Arms, Braemar.


October 12
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Golden Hare Books
0131 629 1396


Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ United Kingdom
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