Poetry for the People

Poetry for the People

‘When we are in trouble collectively we don’t want context and plot. A poem makes the most sense because there is no fluff. It goes right in and gets to what we are all feeling.’ Said Ocean Vuong in a recent interview with the Guardian. And it is this sense of directly speaking to our inner sensibilities that’s echoed in the exquisite poetry collections discussed this August. Whether dealing with grief, lamenting lost love, rejoicing in nature or questioning our place in the world: these poets – masters of their craft – cut to the heart.

 

Armando Iannucci: An Epic Poem for Our Times

Friday 19 August 20:30 - 21:30

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Emerging from the same BBC Radio production that launched the careers of Chris Morris, Stewart Lee and Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci has been at the forefront of British satire for over two decades. In Pandemonium he turns his eye to the pandemic and...
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Malaysian-Australian poet Omar Musa’s international influence is soaring. His new collection, Killernova, is an ode to the island of Borneo, honouring his uncle and ancestors. He is joined by Monika Radojevic, winner of the New Writers’ Prize at...
 

Kathleen Jamie & Don Paterson: Memories and Meltwater

Saturday 20 August 17:30 - 18:30

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Join us to welcome back two of the most gifted writers of their generation. Kathleen Jamie is the virtuosic poet and essayist named as Scotland’s fourth Makar last year. Working in English and Scots, Jamie’s work spans the personal and the natural...
 

PJ Harvey with Don Paterson – Orlam: A Conversation

Saturday 20 August 20:15 - 21:15

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Renowned worldwide for her musical performances, PJ Harvey has now turned her creative talents to a long-form poem, six years in the writing. Orlam is an incantatory, coming-of-age poem that brings the Dorset dialect to life, drawing on the rituals and...
 

Robert Crawford & Matthew Hollis: Poem of the Century

Sunday 21 August 12:15 - 13:15

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It has been a century since The Waste Land, T S Eliot’s revolutionary poetic vision of modern civilisation, was published. To coincide with this anniversary, biographer and poet Robert Crawford has completed the second volume of his definitive...
 

Beyond the Swelkie: A Tribute to George Mackay Brown

Sunday 21 August 19:00 - 20:00

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George Mackay Brown has been one of the most influential Scottish writers of the past century. To commemorate Brown’s centenary, poet Jim Mackintosh and Paul S Philippou have co-edited an anthology, Beyond the Swelkie, featuring poems about the...
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In the 100 years since Hugh MacDiarmid first appeared in print, the poet’s reputation has soared and dived: was he the greatest cultural revolutionary in modern Scotland or the symbol of everything hideously wrong with the nation? Join researcher...
 

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Monday 22 August 20:15 - 21:15

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12 years after his death, Edwin Morgan’s influence continues to challenge and inspire readers and artists of all kinds. This special celebratory event announces the winners of the £20,000 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for young Scottish poets. It also...
 

Katherine Rundell: I Am a Little World

Tuesday 23 August 10:15 - 11:15

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The poetry of John Donne feels as fresh, funny and radiantly beautiful in the 21st century as it must have done in the 17th. In this talk with Stuart Kelly, popular writer and academic Katherine Rundell gives a sparkling introduction to the man behind...