Posted: 28 October 2010
Welcome to the first Poetry Book Society newsletter, keeping you abreast of all the latest poetry news and views from inside the poetry world.
To start things off, we have a couple of pairs of tickets to two wonderful events at London's Southbank Centre as part of their Poetry International festival.
The first event, on Wednesday 3rd November, is a tribute to Edwin Morgan, the Scots Makar, who sadly died in August. This tribute event features a range of artists including the acclaimed sax player Tommy Smith, a long-time collaborator with Morgan; the writer and actor Benno Plassmann performing scenes from Tales of the Baron, which was inspired by Morgan's translations; and poets Richard Price, Jackie Kay, Roddy Lumsden and Bill Manhire, who raise a poetic glass, with tribute readings alongside film and archive recordings.
There's also a review of Morgan's last pamphlet, Dreams and Other Nightmares, on the Poetry Portal, as well as a piece written by his biographer and literary executor, James McGonigal.
The second event, on Friday 5th November, sees Elisabeth Bletsoe, Kathleen Jamie and Robin Robertson (shortlisted for the 2010 T S Eliot Prize) mark the publication of a new book, Towards Re-Enchantment, at this special reading.
Each poet has pursued a deep creative engagement with the richly textured meanings of landscape across the British Isles. From South West England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, the 'spirit of place' has rarely been celebrated as lyrically or as passionately as it has in their award-winning work.
To be in with a chance of winning one of these pairs of tickets, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your choice of event in the subject line (Edwin Morgan or Towards Reenchantment) and we'll contact the two lucky winners on Monday 1st November.
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