Scottish poets ready to kick off the Euros

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The Scottish Poetry Library is celebrating Scotland co-hosting with England the Group D matches of the Euros football championship with three live poetry events that can be watched online.

On Saturday 12, Wednesday 16 and Monday 21 June at 5.30pm, there will be performances by two poets in a show hosted by Alistair Heather. The poets will read their work and poems about football, community, family ties, the agony and the ecstasy, as well as sharing plenty of chat. The three events will all be free and live-streamed at 5.30pm.

On Saturday 12 June poets Erin Boyle and Thomas Clark will be part of the build-up before Scotland’s clash with the Czech Republic; on Wednesday 16 June Victoria McNulty and Kevin Williamson will take part in the poetry event before the Scotland v England game; and on Monday 21 June there’s a final chance to cheer on Scotland before the Croatia game, with Julie McNeil and Jim Mackintosh.

All the poets are football fanatics. Erin Boyle is a Glaswegian poet who’s had great success with poems about Celtic and the Scottish national teams. Thomas Clark is an award-winning writer who in 2015 became Scottish football’s first ever poet-in-residence when he was appointed to the role by Selkirk FC. Alistair Heather is a writer and presenter, and a season ticket holder at Dundee United. Jim Mackintosh is a Perth-based poet who is poet in residence at St Johnstone. Julie McNeil is the makar of the Scottish Women’s National Team Poets Society and Bairn’s Bard for the Hampden Collection. Victoria McNulty is a performance poet and community educator from Glasgow. Kevin Williamson is the founder of Rebel Inc publishing house. Originally from Thurso, he now lives in Leith and is a season ticket holder at Hibernian.

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