Listen Softly is heading into spring and we are so excited for all the performances we'll be bringing you in the bookshop! In March we're delighted to bring you three writers AND open mic AND raffle. Pick up a free glass of wine or soft drink and browse a bookshelf or five after the readings.Listen Softly is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive spoken word evening, with much joviality and encouragement. We have a PA system set-up in the shop so you can now listen even softer! Our aim is to help performers and audience members feel relaxed as they listen to exciting new work from writers we love. Each month, Listen Softly takes place in independent bookshop Golden Hare Books.Entry is FREE and there will be a raffle. Doors open 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Please book in advance; it's always busy!Listen Softly March Line-up...+Colin McGuire’s most recent collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ published with Speculative Books. In 2018 he won the ‘Out: Spoken’ award for 'Poetry in Film' and 'Prize for Poetry' in London. He is a 2020 Awardee of the Ignite Fellowship with the Scottish Book Trust. He studies and teaches mindfulness meditation. He lives in Edinburgh and Glasgow. +Sonali Misra is an Indian author and a Publishing Studies PhD researcher at the University of Stirling. She has published short stories in British and Indian anthologies, and her first nonfiction book, 21 Fantastic Failures , will be out in June 2020. Sonali is also the Co-founder of The Selkie Publications CIC , which exclusively promotes and publishes underrepresented writers and artists, and the Conference Lead of The Society of Young Publishers Scotland. She has previously worked in the publishing industry as an Editor at Scholastic India and a Senior Product Executive at Hachette Book Publishing India.Twitter: @MisraSonali+Jay Whittaker lives and works in Edinburgh. She enjoys performing her poems, and has been well-received by audiences at the StAnza International Poetry Festival and other poetry and spoken word events in Scotland and beyond. Recent / forthcoming publications include The Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreters’ House, Envoi, and Poetry Birmingham. Her debut poetry collection Wristwatch (Cinnamon Press) was the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year in the Saltire Society Literary Awards 2018, and her second collection, Sweet Anaesthetist (also from Cinnamon Press) will be published in October 2020. www. jaywhittaker.uk+YOU! Listen Softly is a great chance for you to test new material or debut as an open mic performer in a relaxed, informal environment. Each month we have a few slots available for 5-minute readings, you can just let us know on the night!+RAFFLE: Listen Softly is always free but please bring some change for our monthly raffle!------ LISTEN SOFTLY was founded in 2013 by poet and writer Dominic Stevenson. Dominic found it difficult to feel ‘at home’ at many of the performance nights in London, where the emphasis was on memorised material and ‘slick’ delivery. He decided to create a space where performers who may face barriers to getting onstage would a) feel welcome b) be able to express themselves in a way that made them feel comfortable and c) would get chance to read alongside established names. Listen Softly has featured artists such as Sara Hirsch, Rob Auton, Fran Lock, Rosie Garland, Aki Schilz, and many more.