When Roddy Lumsden died at the start of the year at the too-young age of 54, the poetry community paused to take stock of the poet and tutor’s legacy. On social media, in print and in person, many people, readers and poets alike, spoke of what his poetry meant to them. Poets, too many to list, recalled the help he had given at the start of their careers, his advice and support providing a foundation they built on but never forgot.
As a token of their love and respect, many of those poets are coming together to honour Lumsden and his work. Mischief Night: A Tribute to Roddy Lumsden will take place at the Scottish Poetry Library on Saturday, 21 March, 6pm. The poets appearing will read Lumsden’s work.
Poets slated to appear include:
The compere will be Rob Mackenzie.
Those also speaking include: Neil Astley (Lumsden’s Bloodaxe editor), Neil Cooper (arts journalist), Gordon Legge (writer) and Mark McDonnell (actor and writer).
Tickets for the event can be reserved online here.
Roddy Lumsden was born in St. Andrews in 1966, where he had a childhood he described as small town and working class, before moving to Edinburgh, where he lived for several years before leaving for London. His collections include Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (published in 1997), The Book of Love (2000), Third Wish Wasted (2009), Terrific Melancholy (2011), and Not All Honey (2014). His last book, So Glad I’m Me (2017), was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Saltire Prize for Poetry.