Kick back and interrupt your day/twitter feed/doom-scrolling with poetry and poetry chat for the ears.
We’ll feature our favourite poets reading a poem that speaks to them at this particular time, for our audio series A Break in the Waves.
Kevin MacNeil is a multi-award-winning author (novelist, playwright, screenwriter, poet), editor, and lecturer. Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in a
Rachel McCrum is originally from Northern Ireland and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence, Broad of cult spoken
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Nadine Aisha Jassat is an award-winning writer and the author of Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink). She has been published widely, including in It’s Not About the Burqa:
Esa Aldegheri is a multilingual writer and academic from Scotland and Italy. Her poetry has appeared in various anthologies – most recently in Umbrellas of Edinburgh, 2020 edition
There aren’t many UK poetry prizes Andrew McMillan hasn’t won. From his debut collection, physical, being the first ever poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book
Roger is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020, shortlisted for the
Janette Ayachi is a London-born Edinburgh-based Scottish-Algerian poet. She has been published in over eighty literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon; Seren, Jessica Kingsley
Harry Josephine Giles
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their collection Tonguit (2015) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection,
Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the
Hannah Lavery is an award winning poet, playwright, performer and director. She is an Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland. Her play, Lament for Sheku
Roseanne Watt is a poet, musician and film maker from Shetland who won the 2018 Edwin Morgan Prize. Her debut collection is Moder Dy/Mother Wave (2019, Polygon).
Clare Pollard is a London-based poet, originally from Bolton. Her most recent collection is Incarnation (2017, Bloodaxe). Here she reads The Gift, a Xmassy poem commissioned in
Kathleen Jamie is an award-winning poet and essayist based in North-East Fife. Her most recent poetry collections are The Bonniest Companie (2015, Picador) and Selected Poems (2018,
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, originally from Cork, is one of Ireland’s greatest poets. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry (2016-19). Here she reads a recent poem, The Morandi