poetry

BBC Scotland seeks first Poet in Residence

May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Given the hostility in some nationalist quarters in Scotland to the BBC and its coverage of the recent independence referendum, it may be a surprising time to see this, but [...]

Liz Lochhead and the sad spectacle of Makargate

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the more dramatic, and sorrier, literary hangovers from the Scottish Independence Referendum has been the so-called "Makargate" controversy, when Liz Lochhead, celebrated poet and reigning Scots Makar (the Caledonian poet laureate), joined the Scottish National Party. A pro-Unionist body of opinion promptly declared that this new allegiance disqualified her from being a national poet for Scotland, and that she should resign. [...]

Medieval poem illuminates Magna Carta

November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

In an object lesson in how the study of poetry and literature can shed fresh light on not just history, but even politics, researchers at the British Library in London have [...]
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