The makers of a new book, Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain, must be among the few publishers ever to recommend burning the book – if your safety is endangered, anyway. Delivered to each of the 103 bothies in Great Britain that are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain features contributions by many poets. In our new blog, the publishers discuss the book's genesis.
It feels good to have my feet back on Scottish soil as I’ve been dashing about recently, with trips to Malta, Russia and Norway. The trip to Malta was to visit the Inizjamed: Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2016. This festival is one of the 16 partners in the Literary Europe Live (LEuL) platform which we are part of, and it was wonderful to visit to see how they run their week of intensive translation workshops with poets writing in many d
Last year I had the pleasure of being one of three Scottish poets selected to be part of an exchange project with three Innu writers from Canada. The Innu writers were Joséphine Bacon, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Naomi Fontaine and the Scottish writers (all of us resident in Scotland though none of us were born here) were Anna Crowe, Rachel
I arrived back at work on Monday after three weeks away. I had left just after the grand reopening of the newly refurbished SPL, and was sad to leave the glittering space filled with so much light and laughter, but I was heading off on an exciting trip that would take me to the 2015 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (read the blog here), to a reading in Norwich at Café Writers and a wonderful stay with the poets Helen Ivory and
Image: Czech Republic – Woods in the Moravian Cast by Lukes_photos, under a Creative Commons licence.
2013-12-06_22h39c (Natasha Kanapé Fontaine) by blogocram, under a Creative Commons licence
'We are rare
we are rich
like the land
'Tshissinuatshitakana' / 'Message Sticks', Josephine Bacon
It's midnight in May and I'm floating in a swimming pool under palm trees and stars in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Josephine Bacon, poet, lyricist and force of nature from the Innu First Nations people of Quebec, asking her what she'd like to see or do when she comes to Edinburgh in August.
It's been a whirlwind of poetry recently as I was reading at Peter Arnott's Moon Country Nights at the Tron in Glasgow last night, where a host of performers shared their work and we were all spellbound by Peter's gripping chapter of his new novel, Moon Country. I travelled to Glasgow hot off the plane from Germany, where I'd been reading in Göttingen at a fabulously-organised Midsummer Lyriklesung eve
Around the world in 80 poets? Well, not quite, but almost. The Edinburgh International Book Festival was launched yesterday in the splendid Central Hall, light streaming through its windows. The Central Hall was built in 1901 by the Methodist Church, which is apt, as a certain sense of mission guides this year’s EIBF. ‘Around the World’ is written on the cover of the brochure festival, and the EIBF is determined to widen the ‘parochial’ reading tastes of the average British reader this year.
Marina Tsvetaeva by seriykotik1970, under a Creative Commons licence
At home in Moscow – where the domes are burning,
at home in Moscow – in the sound of bells…