May is a month of poetry at the Lighthouse and at the heart of it all is this tremendous evening celebrating The Poem with an eye opening interview with Don Paterson.
Paterson is not only one of our great poets, but also an esteemed authority on the form. The Poem is a treatise on the art of poetry, in which he unpicks the process of verse composition with ambition, scholarly flair, and occasional scurrilities, exploring the mechanics of how a poem works and, essentially, what a poem is.
The book is shaped by three essays: ‘Lyric’ attends to the sound of the poem; ‘Sign’ envisages ideas of poetic meaning; while ‘Metre’ studies its underlying rhythms.
Through his various professional guises – as poetry editor at Picador professor of poetry at the University of St Andrews, and major prize-winning poet – no one is better placed to grant this ‘insider’s perspective’. For all those intrigued by the inner workings of the art form and its fundamental secrets, The Poem will surprise and delight.
Dundee born Don Paterson is the author of Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Landing Light, Rain and Fourty Sonnets. He has won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best Collection as well as being awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Alongside his poetry collections he has published various works of criticism and aphorism, and has performed extensively with bands and musical ensembles, as well as teaching at the University of St Andrews.
Don will be interviewed by the poet Rosa Campbell. Campbell is the managing editor of The Scores and her poetry has been published in Icarus, Haverthorn, JoLT, The Oxonian Review, Dead King Magazine, and Queen Mob’s Tea House. She is a PhD candidate at St Andrews University.
**Please note we have sold out of free tickets**
**PS: because of the considerable interest in this event and limited space in the bookshop we have decided not to have musicians perform as part of the launch of The Poem as this will allow us to fit in more readers and explore the book more thoroughly, apologies for any disappointment this may cause!”