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Book launch: ring-net by Garry MacKenzie

Book launch: ring-net by Garry MacKenzie

16 September 2023 3:09 - 16 September 2023

Join us for the launch of the chapbook ring-net by award-winning Scottish poet Garry MacKenzie.

ring-net is a sequence of poems charting the rise and fall of the fishing industry in the Firth of Forth. It explores the natural history of the Forth and the culture of its fishing communities, as well as reflecting upon how the decline of Scottish fisheries relates to wider contemporary environmental issues.

Garry will be reading from ring-net and talking about the ideas and influences behind the poems. After the reading he will be signing copies of the limited-edition chapbook.

3pm on Saturday 16th September

Zulu Gallery, Scottish Fisheries Museum

Commenting on ring-net, poet Andrew McNeillie writes:

In this little collection, Garry MacKenzie nets his poems before our eyes, and shoots his metaphors into the deep, with rare and miraculous-seeming precision. He is a moving metaphysician, a meditative net-maker. But his poems are firmly tethered too in the material reality of history. The poems may be read as oblique environmental commentary, regarding the decline of our fisheries. Primarily they are works of verbal art, of exciting virtuosity and striking imagery.

Copies will be for sale at the reading and afterwards in the Scottish Fisheries Museum shop. You can also buy ring-net at:

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