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[SPL] September 2014: Miriam Gamble
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September 03, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
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Miriam Gamble talks with Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable about her new collection Pirate Music. She reads a number of her poems and tells us about her approach to writing. Miriam also talks about how being a critic impacts on her work and the pressures of being part of the Northern Irish poetic tradition. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser http://www.culturelaser.com

[SPL] August: Robert Crawford
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August 29, 2014 10:06 AM PDT
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Robert Crawford' latest collection Testament (Jonathan Cape) tries out a number of unfashionale styles of poetry, chiefly political and religious, both of which the title alludes to. In our latest podcast, he talks about tackling the subject of Scottish indepedence in poetry, his friend and collaborator, the late Mick Imlah, and translating Cavafy into Scots.

[SPL] August: Bill Manhire
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August 21, 2014 08:49 AM PDT
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This year saw the publication of Bill Manhire's Selected Poems (Carcanet), a good moment to look back over the New Zealand poet's career. Fellow poet Gregory O'Brien caught up with Manhire in his homeland to ask him about his Scottish ancestry, his influences, and the time he ended up in Private Eye's Pseud's Corner.

[SPL] August: Jenny Lindsay
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August 15, 2014 02:45 AM PDT
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Jenny Lindsay is co-creator of the popular 'poetry cabaret' Rally and Broad, a hit originally in Edinburgh that has spread its wings recently to Glasgow. In our latest podcast, we talk to Jenny about her poetry and the lively spoken word scene in Scotland today. Image by Alex Aitchison.

[SPL] Korean poets Sim Bo-Seon & Kim So-Yeon
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August 04, 2014 05:00 PM PDT
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We features two Korean poets on this episode - Sim Bo-Seon & Kim So-Yeon - with interpretation from Brother Anthony and Jonathan Cameron. They discuss the genesis of their work, how poets are perceived in Korean and read a few of their poems for us. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser http://www.culturelaser.com

[SPL] July 2014: Commonwealth Poets United - Glenn Colquhoun
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July 25, 2014 04:18 AM PDT
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Commonwealth Poets United is an international exchange between six Scottish poets and poets from six Commonwealth nations. Glenn Colquhoun represented New Zealand for the project. Glenn is not only a poet, but a doctor, his poems a lyrical exploration of the doctor's role. His job, as he sees it, is to encourage more, not less, doubt in doctors, and so provoke greater contemplation. In conversation with SPL Director Robyn Marsack, he talks about visiting Shetland, his Scottish ancestry, and a song of remembrance for his grandmother.

[SPL] July 2014: Catalan, Gaelic and The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project
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July 07, 2014 07:00 PM PDT
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In an episode recorded at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, we speak with the organiser of The Great Bloody Border Ballad Project, Lorne Campbell, and two of its six participants, the poet Chris Thorpe and theatre practitioner Lucy Ellinson, about their involvement in what was a fascinating exploration of the artistic potential of borders and a reimagining of the modern ballad. We also speak with Catalan poets Josep Lluís Aguiló and Carles Torner who appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival together with Gaelic poets Padraig MacAoidh and Niall O'Gallagher. They discuss writing in their respective minority languages and how the situation with Gaelic publishing is almost the opposite of that enjoyed by Catalan. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions http://www.culturelaser.com @culturelaser.

[SPL] July 2014: Brian Johnstone
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July 04, 2014 01:32 AM PDT
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In this podcast Jennifer Williams talks to Brian Johnstone about his newest book, Dry Stone Work (Arc, 2014), and about upcoming The Fields of War performances (https://www.facebook.com/Fields.of.War) with poet Chrys Salt at the National Library of Scotland and other venues.

Brian Johnstone is a Scottish poet, who was born in Edinburgh in 1950, but who has lived in Fife since 1969. A well-known figure on the Scottish poetry scene, he is a published poet with six collections to his name, a literary event organiser of broad experience and a live performer of his poems both as a solo reader and with various musical collaborators.

Find out more about Trio Verso – Brian’s jazz collaboration project, The Fields of War and more at: http://brianjohnstonepoet.co.uk/

Many thanks to James Iremonger for the music in this podcast. www.jamesiremonger.co.uk

[SPL] June 2014: Christian McEwen
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June 26, 2014 05:26 AM PDT
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This podcast with author Christian McEwen was recorded in the summer of 2013. Christian talks about her book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, and about a life built around making the spaces to write and create. Christian works as a freelance writer and workshop leader. For many years, she taught poetry to teachers through the Creative Arts in Learning Program at Lesley University. A collection of her poems, In the Wake of Home, was published by Meadowlark Press in 2004

[SPL] June 2014: Alasdair Paterson
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June 19, 2014 03:41 AM PDT
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Odysseys of one sort or another theme the latest SPL podcast. Our guide, the poet Alasdair Paterson, takes us on a journey from a wry take on Homer's Greece through the Livepool music scene of the 1970s, onwards to post-Soviet Russia, ending in Arcadia. Little wonder Paterson's latest collection is called Elsewhere or Thereabouts (Shearsman). Along the way we welcome guests such as the geologist James Hutton and Paterson's fellow librarian-poet Philip Larkin.

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