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SYMPOETRY brings together world-class poets and literary thinkers to address a question of vital importance to the state of poetry today, and you are an essential voice in that conversation.

This year’s question is, Poetry: Who’s speaking?  Who’s listening?

One ticket buys you a whole poetry-packed weekend of readings, debate and conversation, as well as delicious food and drink.

Special Guests include:

Don Paterson   Thomas Lux   Fiona Sampson
Sasha Dugdale    Tim Dee   Maciej Woźniak and more!

Full Programme

A weekend of poetry events that consider a particular question of relevance to the state of poetry today, with good food, good drink and good conversation.  This year we’ll be asking: Poetry – Who’s speaking?  Who’s listening?


18.00: Welcome by Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library (SPL)

18.30-19.30: Readings by Thomas Lux and Fiona Sampson (SPL)

19.30: Drinks Reception (SPL)

20:30: Dinner for speakers and holders of Friday evening dinner tickets (venue tbc)


10.00-10.30: Continental breakfast (SPL)

10.30-11.30: ‘In the room the women come and go’, Women’s Voices in Poetry
Panel chaired by Robyn Marsack, featuring: Sasha Dugdale, Fiona Sampson, Dorothy McMillan (SPL)

12.00-13.00: ‘How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st’
Don Paterson on the poetry of music and the music of poetry (SPL)

13.00-15.00: Lunch/Social: Polish Buffet and work from Translation Workshop (SPL)

15.00-16.00: ‘There is no happiness like mine. / I have been eating poetry.’
Tim Dee on Poetry Please & what’s popular in poetry with audience questions/contributions (SPL)

16.30-18.00: SRB Debate – Poetry: Who’s Speaking?  Who’s Listening?  (SPL)
Chair: Alan Taylor (Scottish Review of Books), featuring Thomas Lux, Maciej Woźniak, Tim Dee, Sasha Dugdale, Fiona Sampson, Alan Gillis (SPL)

18.00-18.30 snacks (venue tbc)

19:00-20:30: Performance: Don Paterson and MacGillivray with Drinks Reception (venue tbc)


10.30-11.00: Continental breakfast (SPL)

11.00-12.00: Closing readings by Sasha Dugdale and Maciej Woźniak (SPL)

12.00-12.30: Thank you and closing remarks by Robyn Marsack, SPL Director with audience contributions (SPL)

In partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Review of Books.

Full programme and tickets available at:

Limited spaces available so book early to avoid disappointment. 

14 November 2014 - 16 November 2014

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT


How to book
SPL on Eventbrite

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