Following on from the real news of the week (the Selected Poems at the V&A Reading Rooms selling out and Martin Jackson’s new work), here is a round up of this week’s poetry news:
- Carol Ann Duffy has written a new poem, which can be seen above, for the Edinburgh Book Festival. It was written at the Author’s tent earlier this week. The photo was uploaded by the Deputy Editor of The Guardian, Katharine Viner.
- The new Vintage Books podcast features John Burnside discusses his new collection Black Cat Bone - you can listen to it here, John comes in about 10 minutes in.
- The BBC reported that Poet Liz Lochhead, and other writers including Will Self and A L Kennedy, performed a new version of Goethe’s Faust by Alasdair Gray to close the Edinburgh Book Festival.
- Paul Muldoon has a really nice video on The Guardian where he describes why he much prefers to read non-fiction to any other books and how he uses this interest to fuel his own poetry.
- Again, The Guardian has a nice ‘In praise of…’ comment, which you can read here, on East Coker, following all of the recent decisions that have been made in the village to build a housing estate on the site where T.S. Eliot’s ashes are scattered (of which there is a ‘hilarious’ spoof piece written of here).
- George Szirtes has written an interesting blog post about what effect translating works of poetry has on the translator themselves.