Poetry in Scotland
When I knew I'd be coming to Northumberland for a couple weeks this summer, I contacted Rob A. Mackenzie to ask about possible reading opportunities in Edinburgh, as I rarely make it there. In the end, Rob organised a reading that brings me together with a number of local poets, including him, Janette Ayachi, and Daisy Lafarge. It'll be in the function room of The Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane on Tuesday, July 12; it's free and begins at 7 p.m. Last week, I was delighted to hear from Rob that the event would be featured on the Janice Forsyth show on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday the eleventh. I had to submit a recording of one of my poems, and as I already had one from Imagined Sons online, I used that. It was exciting to listen to the programme, hear all the poets' poems, and listen to Rob and Janette talk about the increasing popularity of poetry (so it was said). I hope the show will lead to some people who might not otherwise have thought of coming to a poetry reading attending our event tomorrow night--that would be my ideal result.