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An evening of poetry, with readings from Alison Miller and Ingrid Leonard, who will be launching her new poetry pamphlet, sponsored by The European Marine Energy Centre

Wednesday 30 November 2022


Ingrid Leonard is delighted to launch her new poetry pamphlet, What The Waves Make, on November 30th. This pamphlet was written as a result of a residency at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the summer of 2022. EMEC are world leaders within the marine energy industry and the poems contained within this pamphlet are inspired by Ingrid’s time spent at their offices and sites, learning about the variety of roles carried out by EMEC staff and about the technology operating at their Fall of Warness, Billia Croo and Eday sites.

Orkney has been a source of innovation, influence and inspiration for the arts and sciences throughout its history – from its highly developed Neolithic culture to its political influence during the Viking age to its importance as a naval base in the twentieth century. What The Waves Make is an EMEC-sponsored pamphlet of nine poems inspired by their fascinating, essential work within the field of renewable energy and what that means for the people of Orkney, at a time when the threat of irreversible global climate change is very real.

Ingrid is currently studying for a PhD in Poetry Writing at the University of Aberdeen. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and her debut collection, Rammo in Stenness, was published in January 2022 by Abersee Press.

Ingrid is delighted to be joined by Alison Miller who will also be reading at the launch. Alison is a freelance author, editor and creative writing tutor who held the post of Scots Scriever for Orkney from 2021-22 with the National Library of Scotland and Orkney Library & Archive. Her first novel, Demo, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and her work has appeared in a variety of publications. She edited the 2021 Orkney Voices anthology Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums and she wrote and performed, along with Orkney Voices, as Narrator in Gallows Ha for the 2022 St Magnus Festival. She is currently working on ways to fictionalise family stories and documents.

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