John Burnside: A Political Prisoner In The Usa

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Forward Poetry Prize and T S Eliot Prize winner for Black Cat Bone, Scottish writer John Burnside is now working on a novel set in America. He has become fascinated by the life of David Gilbert, an anti-imperialist American author and activist who is serving time in a US prison for his part in an attempted robbery. Burnside talks to the Guardian’s Literary Editor, Claire Armitstead about this gentle man whose political beliefs still burn brightly today. Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival

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