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‘When power corrupts,’ John F Kennedy said, ‘poetry cleanses.’ But does it?
Our panel discussion-slash-reading will address the issue of poetry and power. Should poets be wary of politicians or embrace the chance ‘to speak truth to power’? Can political poetry go beyond sloganeering? And what about when poets become politicians?
Panellists include poet and novelist John Burnside (The Music of Time), poet and theatre-maker Harry Josephine Giles (The Games), poet and academic Dr Samantha Walton (Self Heal). The panel will be chaired by poet and editor, Henry Bell (John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside).
This event is part of the Fire Starter Festival: Celebrating creativity and innovation in Public Services.
Edinburgh, EH8 8DT