In our final lyrically themed podcast, we feature excerpts from our amazing event for Let’s Get Lyrical with multi-award-winning poet Robin Robertson and the splendid musician Alasdair Roberts who is currently working with Robin on a new collection of songs. We also hear Ryan’s poem ‘Gasoline’ turned into a song by novelist and musician Rodge Glass.
Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser.
About Robin Robertson
Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. A Painted Field (Picador, 1997) won the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award. His second collection, Slow Air, was published in 2002 by Picador. The following year he edited Mortification: Writers’ Stories of Their Public Shame (Fourth Estate, 2003).
In 2004 he was chosen as one of the twenty Next Generation Poets, and he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His third collection, Swithering (Picador), won the Scottish Arts Council Poetry Award and the 2006 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He has recently published The Deleted World, a selection of new versions of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer (Enitharmon, 2006) and a translation of Medea (Vintage, 2008). His fourth book of poems, The Wrecking Light, will be published by Picador in February 2010. The collection includes ‘At Roane Head’ which was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Robertson is the first poet to have won all three categories in the Forward Prize.
Alasdair is a Scottish folk musician, noted for both his own compositions and recitations of traditional songs, including on his album of traditional death ballads, No Earthly Man and in 2006 featured in the BBC documentary Folk Britannia. He now lives in Glasgow. He has recorded a further album of traditional songs, Too Long in this Condition, for release by Drag City later in 2010.
First published Wednesday 9 March, 2011