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John Dennison
July 23, 2015 08:48 AM PDT
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In this podcast Jennifer Williams talks to New Zealand poet John Dennison about his new book Otherwise (Carcanet, 2015). They discuss the poem as microeconomy, what it means to be human, where God fits in to modern poetry and much more. This podcast was recorded at and in association with StAnza International Poetry Festival 2015.


John Dennison was born in Sydney in 1978. He grew up in Tawa, New Zealand and studied English literature at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago. Having recently completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews, he now lives with his family in Wellington.

Music by James Iremonger (https://jamesiremonger.wordpress.com/tabla/).

Sheena Blackhall
July 08, 2015 08:19 AM PDT
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Sheena Blackhall is a poet, novelist, short story writer, illustrator, traditional story teller and singer who is the author, as the podcast explores, of over 100 poetry pamphlets. In 2009, she was made Aberdeen’s Makar or poet laureate you might put it. She writes in English, Scots and Doric. As a child and native speaker of Doric she faced the same prejudices and challenges that speakers of minority languages around the world have faced. In this podcast, Sheena talks about her love of Aberdeen, the worse place she’s ever written a poem and why she’s written so many pamphlets.

[LineBreak] Kwame Dawes: This Is Our Heart
June 30, 2015 03:07 PM PDT
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This month on The Line Break, Ryan re-visits an interview with poet and journalist Kwame Dawes and discusses the challenges of writing poetry about often painful world events, and how to find beauty, happiness and truth in the 'cesspools of experience' that follow. And Ryan sets out more of his 'poetry sparks', including how to write a blues poem.

Listeners to The Line Break can also join the The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets. http://campus.poetryschool.com

This episode is produced by Culture Laser Productions http://www.culturelaser.com @culturelaser with thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their support.

[SPL] June 2015: Nurduran Duman
June 24, 2015 04:08 AM PDT
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Our programme manager, Jennifer Williams – aka poet JL Williams (www.jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk) – had a fabulous adventure recently when she was invited to read at the 5th International Eskişehir Poetry Festival ((http://www.tepebasi.bel.tr/siir/)) in Turkey. In this podcast she shares an interview with the poet Nurduran Duman, as well as a soundscape of readings, interviews and music recorded along the way. We hope it will give you a taste of not only the extraordinary festival organised by Haydar Ergülen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haydar_Erg%C3%BClen) which featured international guests and Turkish poets, but also some of the delights of the very vibrant contemporary poetry scene in Turkey.

[SPL] June 2015: Yeats - A Celebration
June 09, 2015 07:07 AM PDT
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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, the extraordinary Irish poet. His work reflects and sometimes opposes changes in the the poetry of his times. His life was large enough to encompass the remarkable changes Ireland underwent during his life and one of literature's most famous unrequited love affairs.

In a podcast marking the 150th anniversary of his birth, the SPL invited a number of poets to read and reflect on their favourite Yeats poem. Recorded in March at St Andrews StAnza poetry festival, our podcast features Kei Miller, Ryan Van Winkle, Carolyn Forché, Jim Carruth, Alexander Hutchison, Anne Crowe and many more.

[LineBreak] Philip Gross: What If, What Then?
June 02, 2015 03:51 PM PDT
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The Poetry School welcomes you to a new poetry podcast, our very first (be gentle). For our pilot outing, host Ryan Van Winkle re-visits his 2013 Scottish Poetry Library podcast interview with TS Eliot-prize winner, Philip Gross, ranging across making up names for colours, comparing the similarities of poetry and making scones, and asking what happens in the thought vortex of ‘What if? And then?’

Listeners can also join The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets http://campus.poetryschool.com.

This episode is produced by Culture Laser Productions http://www.culturelaser.com with thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their support.

[SPL] May 2015: Alice Notley
May 26, 2015 09:48 AM PDT
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This podcast is a recording of the 2015 StAnza International Poetry Festival Round Table event in which SPL Programme Manager and poet Jennifer (JL) Williams was in conversation with the poet Alice Notley.

Alice Notley has published over thirty books of poetry, including (most recently) Songs and Stories of the Ghouls, Negativity’s Kiss, and the chapbookSecret I D. With her sons Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, she edited both The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan and The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan. Notley has received many awards including the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, the Griffin Prize, two NEA Grants, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. She lives and writes in Paris, France.

Many thanks to StAnza International Poetry Festival and to James Iremonger for the music in this podcast. (https://jamesiremonger.wordpress.com/tabla/)

[SPL] May 2015: Blake Morrison
May 05, 2015 09:44 AM PDT
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Poet, novelist and essayist Blake Morrison published a pamphlet last year, This Poem. A sequence of poems that take as their theme current events, the pamphlet tackles Jimmy Saville, phone hacking and the coalition government. But are the poems not only about recent headlines, but also about poetry itself? We met Blake Morrison at last year's Edinburgh International Book Festival where we asked him whether poems about current events risk quickly becoming dated and what a poet can bring to a news story that a journalist can't.

[SPL] April 2015: Chrys Salt
April 22, 2015 04:02 AM PDT
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Poet Chrys Salt talks about who has the right to write about certain subjects, about writing war poetry when you have a son who is a soldier, and how poetry can benefit from a good performance.

Thanks to James Iremonger for the music in this podcast. https://jamesiremonger.wordpress.com/

Image of Chrys Salt by Claire Newman-Williams.

[SPL] April: Ryan's Final Cut
April 14, 2015 10:00 PM PDT
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In the last regular podcast to feature the founder host of the Scottish Poetry Library podcast, Ryan Van Winkle looks back at some of his favourite interviews since he started the podcast in 2008 as part of his Reader in Residence position at the SPL. Featuring Robert Pinsky, Caroline Bird, Sarah Broom, Owen Sheers, Jed Milroy, Matthew Zapruder, Jane Hirshfield, Golan Haji, Sabreen Khadim, Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Mark Doty, Paula Meehan, Adam Zagajewski and Mary Ruefle. This podcast was produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm and presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable of Culture Laser Productions http://www.culturelaser.com @culturelaser

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