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Hello there! Ah cannae believe it's been FOUR MONTHS since I wrote something here. Terrible terrible terrible. I have much to tell you, but never the time, as I'm currently limited to the library at one hour per day. Sigh.

In the meantime, Zorras have joined the evil twitter. @zorrasband. At least we update that once in a while!

You can also find upcoming stuff and news here.

I have delicious new CDs in my hands, from Ste McCabe, Scragfight, Johnny 5th Wheel, Samba Sene and more! Plus cool stuff from TL Cowan, Mark Mace Smith and Sarah Pinder. And I want to tell you about all of it, damn! Maybe next week...

xxx


 
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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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Today at the library the librarians are having a transphobic conversation about a trans guy they know, mocking him and calling him by the wrong pronoun. Just filed a complaint, but doubt much will come of it... sigh. Also I am sat (Northern English expression for "I am sitting") next to a guy who reeks of alcohol. Yum.

What more? Ah, the evil FB allowed us back into to FB when we gave them our "real" name. Ahem. But the magic, if there ever was any, is gone. They are Wankers and we're tired of their spying, controlling crap.

Merry Merry Happy Happy and all that jazz. No other news right now, except for the awesome news that Zorras have tshirts designed by the amazingly talented Edward Ross! Get them here:

http://www.blissfultimes.ca/zorrastshirts.htm

xoxoxo

 


 
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Tonight in Toronto is the launch of Crisis Book: An Anthology Thing (press press press). Get directions and info on this awesome new book here. Y Josephine and I both have new poetry in Crisis Book, and Zorras will be present for the launch via video. Also featuring bill bissett and many others you will dig. If you're in the UK we can get a copy to you without pricey international shipping costs. Just email us (zorras@blissfultimes.ca).

Zorras are playing with Manchester's Ste McCabe and Atlanta's Stella Zine on Saturday at 7:30pm at Edinburgh's A.C.E. Entry by donation, BYOB, accessible. And spooky! Come by before running off to your Hallowe'en parties...

In other news, Toronto elected an asshole for mayor again; this one is called Rob Ford. I read a fascinating blog post by Hans Rollman on Facebook, about how the biggest problems with Toronto's voting system are racism and the resulting disenfranchisment of residents. A large portion of Toronto's residents cannot vote because they're not citizens. Here's a great quote:

"But wouldn’t it be ridiculous to just give non-citizens the vote? Well actually no. Until World War II, half the US states extended voting rights to non-citizen residents; it was the combined effects of the Civil War and then the Cold War that fueled the wave of anti-immigrant hysteria which led to more restrictive voting laws in that country. Today, however, more and more countries are realizing how outdated and backward it is not to allow all residents an equal vote. Belgium, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, and dozens of other countries have opened up municipal elections to non-citizen residents. A growing number of other countries – including Chile, Portugal, Sweden, Uruguay and New Zealand – allow non-citizen residents to vote in national and regional elections too. If Toronto is indeed the world’s most multicultural city, it’s time for it to stop being at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to public policy and basic rights for its multicultural population."

As Emma Goldman used to say, "If voting changed anything they'd make it illegal."


 
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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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Many thanks to The Wine Monkey and A. Valliard for all their help... Watch the newest Zorras' video here.

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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Here is our new After Going Out: Oil Spill Remix video.

And on Tuesday we play Bar Wotever at Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London at 8pm, it's free. See you there! xo


 


 
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