Featuring Michael Longley, Robin Robertson, Czeslaw Milosz, Wendy Cope and John Burnside
One of the most decorated verse-conjurors at this year’s festival, the Belfast-born writer has the TS Eliot Poetry Prize, a Whitbread and the Hawthornden Prize under his belt as well as being the proud recipient of the 2001 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Should you wish to do a bit of boning up before his appearance, among his celebrated collections are Fishing the Sky, The Ghost Orchid and The Weather in Japan. 18 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).
The acclaimed editor of James Kelman, AL Kennedy and Irvine Welsh, RR is a feted poet in his own right. We described his last collection, The Wrecking Light as ‘compelling’, ‘startling’ and having ‘a strongly developed sense of the domestic’. 20 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Poland’s legendary poet and in a trio of events, the likes of critic Michel Pawel Markowski, philosopher John Gray and the Scottish Poetry Library pay tribute to his genius and legacy. 18 Aug, noon, 3.30pm; 23 Aug, 1.30pm, £10 (£8).
The witty poet was in fine form with her most recent collection Family Values which mixes the gently serious with the mildly caustic featuring some light trumpeting of universal emotions. 22 Aug, 7pm, £10 (£8).
In 2006, the multi-disciplinary scribe gave us his Collected Poems, a beautiful set which showcased his gift as a chronicler of the natural, human and mystical worlds. 17 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).
Every August, as the Scottish capital welcomes the world and the city teems with people and activity, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offers an oasis of calm in the green surroundings of Charlotte Square Gardens. The festival welcomes over 1000 writers and thinkers from across the globe for panels, topical…
Czeslaw Milosz's seminal book of essays, The Captive Mind, was written in 1951, when Stalin continued to enjoy a reputation among intellectuals in Paris as a ruler of unimpeachable wisdom and virtue. The work provided a respectful, modest, yet devastating anti-Stalin polemic. In the year in which Milosz would have…
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980, Czeslaw Milosz was unquestionably one of the most important poets of our times. In this event celebrating Milosz’s centenary, three leading contemporary writers ask what it was about his work that gave it such power. The man regularly cited as Milosz's successor to the crown…
Irish poet Michael Longley will reads from his exuberant new collection Angel Hill. This Belfast boy has won just about every award in poetry that’s worth scooping. The Whitbread and TS Eliot prizes have spent time in his trophy cabinet and he has been awarded an MBE.
Passionate, honest and remorseless, Robertson's poems capture a deep identification with the Scottish landscape, while also betraying a sense of alienation and sometimes desperation. He tells macabre stories of jealousy and murder; of mythology and decay, always with a forlorn intensity that has the hairs on the back of…