W.N. Herbert Poetry Reading for the Refugee Survival Trust

We are delighted to be working with the Refugee Survival Trust to host a fundraising poetry event on 9 April, 6.30pm at Lauriston Hall in Edinburgh.

Refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in our society and the Refugee Survival Trust is doing vital work to support these members of our community.  We’re hoping this event will raise plenty of money to support the work of the Trust; your ticket price will go to doing just that.

The evening will begin with a reading by the poet and translator W. N. Herbert, and following that members of the audience will be invited to the stage to read their own or a favourite poem on the theme of journeys.

And, to top it all off, there will also be tea and delicious home baking for your delectation.
We hope you will join us for an evening with the Scottish Poetry Library in support of Refugee Survival Trust on 9 April, from 6.30 to 8pm, at Lauriston Hall, see website http://www.rst.org.uk/reports/events. Tickets £5/£4, home baking included.

About W. N. Herbert:

Described as “a prolific and fluent poet” (Lilias Fraser) and “a brilliant and notorious maverick” (Paterson & Simic), Herbert writes poetry often fuelled by the unlikeliest of juxtapositions. His twin pole-stars are Hugh MacDiarmid and William Topaz McGonagall, the intellectual and the clown, both with an unwavering belief in their own genius in the face of public ridicule, and both committed to challenging the Scotland of their time.
Read more at: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/w-n-herbert

‘Herbert is a prolific poet of local intimacy and international scope, ranging widely in form and subject, as much at home with the politics of post-Soviet Russia as with the doings of the Broon family, (the characters of a national cartoon epic found in the deadly respectable pages of The Sunday Post, flagship of the Dundee publishers D.C. Thomson). Herbert is also a teacher, not as the survival strategy of the contemporary poet, though he understands it (‘Ye ken why verse is still romantic? / Ut peys nae wage’), but from conviction.’  Sean O’Brien, 2004
Read more at: http://literature.britishcouncil.org/w-n-herbert

About the Refugee Survival Trust: http://www.rst.org.uk/who-we-are
The Refugee Survival Trust is a volunteer-led charity that provides grants to asylum claimants and refugees living in Scotland. RST was set up in 1996 by a number of concerned individuals as a reaction to the problem of refugees and people claiming asylum being made destitute in Scotland. RST is a small organisation and can only exist with the continued support and expertise of its Board of Directors, its small team of dedicated staff, the help of a committed team of volunteers and support from the community.


9 April 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ


£5/£4 concessions

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Category: live readings, SPL programme