Reel Iraq on the SPL Podcast

July 31, 2013

In January this year Reel Festivals organised a series of events and translation workshops in Erbil, Iraq with Scottish and Iraqi poets. The whole team then came back to Scotland in March, going on an huge journey in a tiny vehicle, presenting our work to the nation. In this edition of the Scottish Poetry Library Podcast all of the participants talk about their experiences and read their work. Featuring John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, Ghareeb Iskander, William Letford, Krystelle Bamford, Awezan Nouri, Sabreen Kadhim and Zaher Mousa, with support from Dina Mousawi and Lauren Pyott.

Alvin Pang Talks Singapore Literature on the SPL Podcast

April 27, 2013

In one fascinating conversation, Singaporean poet Alvin Pang discusses language identity, Singapore literature and poetic practice with at the StAnza 2013 poetry festival. Alvin reads his poems and a selection from his anthology TUMASIK: Contemporary Writing from Singapore. Alvin has a great sense of humour, a marvelous reading voice, and shares some razor-sharp perspectives on the political power of both his poetry and its playfulness. Elsewhere, he talks about how Seamus Heaney influenced his work, his grandmother’s deadly Cantonese aphorisms and he reads a poem of his written in the distinctive unofficial language of Singapore, Singlish, the existence of which, he argues, has huge potential political power. I learned a lot, and if you click the play button, I just know you will too.

St. Jude’s new album – On Sale Now

October 1, 2009

I’m happy to say that our friends – St. Jude’s Infirmary – have a brand new cd out which you can buy here.

This summer St. Jude’s kindly worked with me on a music backed poem called “The Duke and Pines.” The band provided lush, night-gown like melodies behind my words and I think it really worked. They also allowed me to read some poems at their CD launch at the National Portrait Gallery. It was fantastic  – allowing me to live out my rock-star fantasies without anyone getting hurt.

Anyway, their new CD is certainly worth finding, buying and keeping on repeat for a while.

Should you want a taste first – you can check out their song “Tacoma Radar” on my latest SPL podcast. There’s also a pretty good interview with the band about music and poetry. Have a listen:

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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast Number 3!

March 30, 2009


Ishbel McFarlane reads Burns' "To A Mouse"!

Listen here:

The third of our hip, techno-savvy podcasts is up and streaming at the SPL website, and features recent visitors and events hosted by the library, including the aptly-dubbed Noisy Day. There’s clips of acoustic punk Billy Liar, freelance folk adventurer Chandra, Pavel, who recorded Burns in Czech for us, also Robert Crawford and Douglas Dunn discussing the release of a new anthology Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, even more Claire Askew, editor of Read This Magazine, discusses Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” and we have Ishbel McFarlane reciting Burns’ ode, “To A Mouse“. All for your enjoyment: Listen here.