“It’s one those poems that’s just stuck. I can’t really explain why …”
Colin heads down to the launch of the 2010 One City One Edinburgh literature campaign, which is focusing this year on the poems we carry with us and includes an anthology of poems called Carry A Poem, being distributed for free across the city.
Including snippets from poet Ken Cockburn, Edinburgh makar Ron Butlin, literary editor Stuart Kelly, Children’s Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Sara Grady and charming couple Mark and Alena Fraser. Ryan also asks Colin what his “Carry A Poem” choices would be.
Produced by Colin Fraser. Incidental music by Ewen Maclean.
Carry a Poem
There’s a poem for everyone out there in the world – and the Carry a Poem Campaign is a wonderful opportunity to share the ones that are loved, and to win new readers. If people haven’t found the poem that speaks to them yet, we carry thousands of poems and would be glad to help. The Scottish Poetry Library are delighted to be teaming up with the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature on this their fourth city-wide reading campaign, enabling us to bring poetry and people together on a grand scale.
More about these poem choices
- Sara Grady carries Robert Burns’ ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’
- Ken Cockburn carries Hugh MacDiarmid’s ‘Why I Became a Scots Nationalist’
- Ron Butlin carries Hugh MacDiarmid’s ‘The Bonnie Broukit Bairn’
- Stuart Kelly carries John Berryman’s Dream Songs
- Mark and Alena Fraser carry Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Where Go the Boats’. You can read their story in the Carry a Poem book.
First published 5 February, 2010