7pm, Weds 12th Sept — St Senara’s Church, Zennor — FREE EVENT (donations for Church Bell Fund)

Grammarsow poet Calum Rodger will read as part of St Ives September Festival. The event will be an exploration and celebration of the WS Graham legacy in Cornwall and Scotland, and will feature an introduction to the Grammarsow project by Cornwall-based poet Andrew Fentham. Des Hannigan will share personal recollections of encounters with Graham.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/502919940135780/

Introducing Calum

The inaugural Grammarsow poet is Calum Rodger. His residency will be in September 2018.

Calum is a Glasgow-based poet and researcher, working in performance, print and digital media. He performs widely throughout Scotland, including shows with BBC:TheSocial and TEDxGlasgow. His most recent work, Rock, Star, North., presents a poetic travelogue through the game-world of Grand Theft Auto V, and has been performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Workers Theatre Weekender, among others. He has two pamphlets, Glasgow Flourishes and Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism, published by small press Tapsalteerie, and holds a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow on the work of ‘avant-gardener’ Ian Hamilton Finlay. Current roles include Co-Director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, tutor in Poetry & Poetics at the University of Glasgow, and positions on the editorial board for Gutter Magazine and All These New Relations. A selection of his work can be found at www.calumrodger.co.uk.

What is The Grammarsow?

The Grammarsow is a trans-local project bringing Scottish poets and poetry to Cornwall. ‘Grammarsow’ (or ‘grammersow’) is the Cornish name for a woodlouse, and features in the poetry of WS Graham. Graham was a Scottish poet who lived and wrote in Cornwall. 2018 is the poet’s Centenary year and the inaugural year of The Grammarsow. The project uses Graham’s geographic arc as a bridge between communities, bringing Scottish poets to Cornwall in Graham’s footsteps. The Grammarsow heeds the poet’s call to TTBB (Try To Be Better).