Crazy Kings and Rising Waters: An Evening with John Burnside @ Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh [26 April]

Crazy Kings and Rising Waters: An Evening with John Burnside

19:00 - 20:30

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Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton's Close, EH8 8DT Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We're delighted to welcome T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Poetry Prize-winner back to the SPL for a lecture, reading and Q and A.

In his lecture entitled ‘Where the executive would never want to tamper?’ Burnside develops his poetological ideas in response to – and disgreeing with – the famous line by W.H. Auden “Poetry makes nothing happen”. For Burnside poetry is an essential part of being human. It teaches us to use all of our abilities equally and leads to a more comprehensive understanding of things. In this sense, it is also a political instrument which is desperately necessary in a time when “a crazy king is sitting in the palace and the waters are rising all around us”. Burnside firmly rejects the rising tide of nationalism and xenophobia; at the same time, the lecture is a powerful plea for poetry as a practical form of responsible thought and action.

The SPL is fully accessible, with a ground-floor entrance and a lift that accesses all three floors. There is one adapted toilet on the basement floor. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. A portable audio loop is available for single user; if you need a multi-user loops system, please let us know as far as possible in advance. For more about our accessibility, please visit:
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