NEWS / july 2018
This paper sculpture of Alasdair Gray made by John Ferguson (engrossed in the catalogue, above) is on view in the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition at The National Gallery, Princes Street, Edinburgh, until the end of July. Other work by John in the same medium is showcased in the window of Main Point Books. The outer layer of the body of the Alasdair Gray figure is made from the Lanark storyboard. He is standing on a selection of Gray books, and beside him is a Canadian first edition of Lanark,with a bookplate signed by the author.
EVENTS / august 2018
7pm 25 August 2018. Book Launch. Passport by Richie McCaffery with special guest reader Vicki Feaver: At Main Point Books, 77 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AH. Passport is published by Nine Arches Press.
Exploring place and displacement, boundaries and borders, Passport is the second collection by Richie McCaffery, and follows his acclaimed debut Cairn (Nine Arches Press, 2014). In moving to the Belgian city of Ghent, McCaffery finds 'What I see and what happens / are two different countries.' In a place of dualities and unrealities, the poems find the usual definitions themselves becoming unstable; the old currency that is no longer valid, the postcards home unsent and the present tense ill at ease.
Written in crisp detail, these fluent poems weigh up whether leaving is a form of running from or coming back to home, wherever that may be. At the heart of this tender and compelling collection, McCaffery writes directly of anxiety, loss and dislocation, asking us to consider what belonging is, and how we find our place in life, in love, and in language.
'I enjoyed these poems immensely. Spare, taut and lucid - there is not a wasted word – they interrogate the experience of a young poet living, as he puts it, "in a maze of symbols, /always in two places at once". I found them both unsettling and often incredibly moving.' – Vicki Feaver
'Richie McCaffery's poems operate usually in a small compass, but are charged particles: personal - without pushing it in your face - direct, clear and affecting in what they uncover and what they choose to disclose.' – Alexander Hutchison