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LISTEN SOFTLY: Doug Johnstone + Louise Peterkin + Thomas Stewart + Open Mic + Raffle!

June 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


LISTEN SOFTLY is delighted to welcome another three writers who will be performing at our monthly gig in Edinburgh. From seasoned crime writer Doug Johnstone to up-and-coming poets Louise Peterkin and Thomas Stewart, this show has something for everyone!

Listen Softly is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive spoken word evening, with much jollity and encouragement. We encourage new writers to try out material at our Open Mic, and there is always wine and cake.

Entry is FREE and there will be a raffle. Doors open 6.00pm. Please book in advance; it’s always busy!

DOUG JOHNSTONE is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), with several of his books becoming bestsellers and award winners. His work has been praised by the likes of Irvine Welsh, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions, and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums released in various bands and three solo EPs, and he currently plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.


LOUISE PETERKIN has had work featured in many journals including The Glasgow Review of Books, The Dark Horse, Magma, New Writing Scotland and The North. In 2016 she was a recipient of a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in the poetry category. She is the Co-editor, along with Rob A. Mackenzie of Spark: Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark (Blue Diode Press, 2018) Her first collection of poetry The Night Jar will be published by Salt in 2020. You can follow her at @louisepeterkin@ed.ac.uk


THOMAS STEWART is a Welsh writer based in Edinburgh. His first poetry pamphlet ’empire of dirt’ was published by Red Squirrel Press this year. His stories, poems and essays have been published at Ink, Sweat & Tears, Litro, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Oh Comely, among others. More of his work can be found at: https://thomasstewart0808.wixsite.com/mysite. He can be found on Twitter @ThomasStewart08. 


OPEN MIC: As part of Listen Softly’s atmosphere to encourage new performers, each month we have a few 5-minute open mic slots. You can let us know in advance or on the night if you’re keen to give it a whirl! Our audiences are incredibly supportive.

RAFFLE: Listen Softly is always free but please bring some change for our monthly raffle! 


If you buy any book from Golden Hare Books on the night, you’ll receive A FREE BOOK from Listen Softly Press! Buy a book, get a book free!


LISTEN SOFTLY was founded in 2013 by poet and writer Dominic Stevenson. Dominic found it difficult to feel ‘at home’ at many of the performance nights in London, where the emphasis was on memorised material and ‘slick’ delivery. He decided to create a space where performers who may face barriers to getting onstage would a) feel welcome b) be able to express themselves in a way that made them feel comfortable and c) would get chance to read alongside established names. Listen Softly has featured artists such as Sara Hirsch, Rob Auton, Fran Lock, Rosie Garland, Aki Schilz, and many more.


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


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