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Zorras play The Arches in Glasgow tomorrow, as part of Scratch. Come check it out! 7:30pm, only 2 quid!

In other news, it was grand to see that Stills Gallery decided to present the work that GoMA was too wimpy to present a year and a half ago. So far the world has not fallen apart from the shock, and also many people have been able to see Dani Marti's important and engaging films about HIV-positive gay men in Scotland.

In still other news, the library took my complaint about the transphobic librarians seriously, which was quite surprising and refreshing. They even *phoned* me. So that was a nice little moment, which was quickly erased the next day when yet another drunk asshole verbally assaulted Zorras, and was about to attack us, but then suddently revealed that he had "realised we weren't men" and left us alone with a "fuckin lesbos". Apparently we have him to thank for our existence because he was "in Afghanistan". Yeah. Some days I'm not sure why I leave the flat...

Shouldn't leave things on such a blech note.... so I'll tell you that Neu! Reekie!, a new night of poetry, film and music at Scottish Books Trust, was just grand. Zorras had a blast, and congratulate Michael Pederson and Kevin Williamson on bringing together such a strangely sublime combo of work. There was a smorgasbord of fascinating international and local films; we especially enjoyed those of Sacha Kahir.

Okay, play safe kids. It's a messy world out there.

xo

 


 
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Tomorrow night is the last instalment of Cachín Cachán Cachunga! for a while... Zorras will be presenting a new film and two new poetry-music performance entities. Also featuring the fabulous Miss Leggy Pee, K Anderson, Evan Greer and Lily. More info here. We're sad we might be saying good-bye to our beloved Cachín, but the times they are a-changin'... please join us for the party!

In other news, I wanted to say some nice things about Nick-E Melville and rodney relax's Throat Cuts Not Bonus Cuts at the Roxy on 7 October. These two poets are among Edinburgh's most interesting (and consequently, most ignored). They both gave fab readings, as did guest Jim Ferguson (one of Glasgow's best and most ignored poets). Performances by Wounded Knee (who creates amazing layered sound pieces) and Shellsuit Massacre (the high-energy poetry-music-video duo of Melville and relax) were also stellar. The night was lacking in women (it was just us Zorras) but overall was one of the best poetry-based events I've been to in ages.... down to the posters on the walls by amazing (and less-ignored) Scottish poet Tom Leonard, and other visual contributions from the newly-formed and intriguing Zoo Station. It was inspiring to see so many artists who are engaged politically and *also* making fascinating and challenging art.

Coming soon... Things I Can't Stand About Most Poetry Readings and Journals, or How Not To Treat Artists.

xo


 
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Hello friends,

I'm very chuffed that the nice folks at Edinburgh's Forest Publications have gone into a second printing with my wee short story chapbook, Here's To Wang!

In other news, Zorras play Words Per Minute in Glasgow this Sunday at 3:30pm at Creation Studios. It's a grand wee series, check it out here.

And soon I shall be visiting Canadialand, and doing a bunch of readings/performances. Read about them on my myspace. (Special note about the Lab Cab Festival: there are TWO readings per day, one at 1:15 pm and one at 4:15pm on both the 18th and 18th of September).

Keep up the good fight,

xo


 
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Tomorrow night (Monday) I'm reading at Tropitextualties at The Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, 8pm, free. Hosted by Nick-E Melville.

Tuesday night Zorras present Faceplant: A Showcase of the Brilliantly Unpopular. It's at The Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, and it's also free! Featuring Anita Govan, Jim Ferguson, Andra Simons, Alabaster De Plume and Zorras. Hosted by A. Valliard.

xo


 
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Our little queer and trans multimedia event, Cachín Cachán Cachunga!, is featured in the current issue of Scotland's The List. Check it out here.


 
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If anyone knows anyone in Berlin, please send them to the Entazubert festival! I have a screening of my film, Here -- about queer and genderqueer migrants to Edinburgh -- on Saturday at 6:30. Full schedule here.

Thoughts on state and police brutality at the G20 in Toronto coming soon...


 
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Here's a link to a little piece I wrote about the lovely and amazingly talented Tracy Wright, who passed away yesterday. Peace, sister.

xo


 
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Wherein I babble without notes but tell you about a few things.. including Diane Arbus at Edinburgh's Dean Gallery, ending soon! And Zorras in London and the Pride version of Cachin Cachan Cachunga! Sometimes you can "click to play", sometimes you have to click on "download this"... many thanks to the beautiful C for hooking me up.

Click here to listen:vocaroo.com/


 
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Check out my wee film of this British Sign Language performance of the poem "Fingers" by Alison Smith. www.youtube.com/stumblintongues#p/u/4/itOPVg979GI


 
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Tomorrow night is the 10th Cachín Cachán Cachunga! at The Street. The wonderful Andra Simons is in from London, don't miss him -- he's a rare treat. And his stellar new book is here with him. The Joshua Tales is available tomorrow night, and also from Tree House Press.  Cachín will also feature a new story from Hamish MacDonald and other yumminess. Dance the night away with DJ Supernowoczesna, too!

xo Now I'm going back to have fun with Andra, bye!

 


 


 
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