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Sinan Antoon on the SPL Podcast!

November 5, 2009

As part of the Reel Iraq Festival I had a chance to talk to the Iraqi Poet Sinan Antoon. Sinan has two books out and I found his collection, Bagdahd Blues, is hauntingly beautiful. There are some incredibly rendered, short poems in there all written clean and clear.Check it out. You can also find Sinan’s work in the latest issue of The Edinburgh Review as translated by Andrew Philip. I’m really happy that the Reel Iraq Festival branched out into the literary world this year and that I had a chance to be so active in so much of it. Let’s hope these important festivals keep growing in Edinburgh.

Here’s the blurb from the SPL:

Reader in Residence Ryan Van Winkle and Iraqi poet and novelist Sinan Antoon found a break during the Golden Hour to chat about his work, about labels and about which poems he carries with him. Also featuring hip hop track ‘Sunshine’ from Mammoth.

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The Witching Hour – Spooky Podcast

October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween y’all! We’ve got a brand new poetry podcast!

We’ve got the supurb Kona MacPhee reading a creepy little poem called The Ghost Toe and Kim Tebble’s brilliant rendition of his “The Raven, the Knight and the Queen of the Birds”

Here’s the Blurb from the SPL

Featuring an interview with poet Kona Macphee, who discusses her Poem of the Week project and reads a Halloween themed poem from her first book, Tails. Her new collection Perfect Blue, is out in February from Bloodaxe. We’ve also got a scary treat from Kim Tebble, who performs his “The Raven, the Knight and the Queen of the Birds”.

If you’d like to send us your favourite scary poem and why you like it, or just say hello to Ryan and Colin, please drop us a line to splpodcast@gmail.com

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And don’t forget you can catch me this weekend at the Storytelling Festival and at the Electric Cabaret. Both events are on Halloween and should be amazing — the former being a lovely chat and the latter being an all-out party! Plus – there’s the Golden Hour at Elvis Shakespeare on Sunday, 1 November. Books, music, good chat. 2pm. Come along.

And now, in case you’re not freaked out enough, here’s Christopher Walken. Enjoy!!!

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