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Lessons from the School of Night: Eric Langley

Lessons from the School of Night "I generally find that language will just open up again every time you hit a wall" — Eric Langley Sean Robinson met with Eric Langley at the Topping bookshop, before his appearance at the School of Night, where he read from his first book of poetry, Raking Light. They discussed Eric's childhood holidays with J.H. Prynne, the influence of the Elizabethans on his work, and the role of the words themselves in the process of composition. Eric also read his poem...

Duration: 00:44:13

Lessons from the School of Night: Polly Clark

It's not so much about imagery or language as it is about longing for that human connection. It's imagining yourself into another life in order to connect with it and be less isolated. And that is the case in my poetry as well - imagination is a way of reaching other people. — Polly Clark Sean Robinson met with Polly Clark at Toppings bookshop, after her appearance at the School of Night, where she read from her novel Larchfield. They discussed the difference between writing a novel and...

Duration: 00:06:19

Lessons from Stanza: Robert Crawford

Suzannah V. Evans met with Robert Crawford after his Centre Stage reading for StAnza poetry festival. They talked about the nature of place in poetry, the importance of writing economically, and the challenges of combining a day job with creative writing. Robert also read his poems St Andrews (at 15m38s) and Chorus (at 16m47s). Robert Crawford’s seventh full-length collection of poems is Testament (Cape, 2014), and his most recent biography is Young Eliot (Vintage, 2016). Co-editor of The...

Duration: 00:31:03

Lessons from Stanza: Katharine Towers

Suzannah talked with poet Katharine Towers after her StAnza reading at the Undercroft in St Andrews. They touched upon Katharine’s interest in French writers and her love of Elizabath Bishop, as well as discussing Katharine’s most recent collection The Remedies, published by Picador in 2016 and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Katharine also read four of her poems: 'Field Oak' (13m54s); 'Grass' (14m45s); 'Bluebells' (15m35s); and 'Daisies' (16m38s). Katharine Towers was born in...

Duration: 00:28:29

Lessons from the School of Night: An interview with Vahni Capildeo at the Stanza Poetry Festival

Suzannah spoke with Vahni Capildeo ahead of her Centre Stage reading at the StAnza poetry festival. They discussed growing up in a multilingual culture, thinking in things other than language, constructing prose poems, and the different kinds of audiences that a poet might encounter. Vahni also read her poems 'Louise Bourgeois: Insomnia Drawings' (at 9m53s) and 'Slaughterer' (at 13m14s). Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian British writer whose five books and two pamphlets include Measures of...

Duration: 00:24:55