• Europe: the cultural case for #remain

    By on June 22, 2016

    In the In/Out debate, some of the most vociferous calls for the UK to stay in Europe have come from artists and others working in the creative industry. This isn’t even confined to the British isles: just a couple of weeks ago, a whole host of European writers have come out in vocal support of the UK staying in the European Union.

  • boat people projekt: Bretter, die die Welt bedeuten

    Die Notlage von AsylbewerberInnen aus Syrien ist zur Zeit omnipräsent in europäischen Medien. Die Jugendgruppe des Göttinger Freien Theaters boat people projekt arbeitet mit jungen Geflüchteten unterschiedlicher Herkunft und bietet ihnen einen Raum, in dem sie ihre Geschichten auf künstlerische Weise verarbeiten. Ein Gespräch mit zwei jungen DarstellerInnen und ein Versuch, darüber zu schreiben.

  • Afterbabbel: A Rug of a Thousand Colours

    Trans­la­tion gives you two poems in­stead of one. What could be bet­ter? Twice as many op­por­tu­ni­ties for pos­si­ble 'ah's and 'oooh's as well as scrunch­ing of the nose. Wel­come to 'Af­terbabbel', chris­tened after the final chap­ter’s title in David Bello's splen­did book on trans­la­tion Is that a Fish in Your Ear.

  • Literary Round-Up: Untold Stories and Metro Rides

    By on May 30, 2014

    The literary round-up will be a regular round-up of news related to poetry, books and culture that have made us smile, sigh or stop and wonder. If there's something you think we should include, tweet us @slender_means - we'd love to hear from you!

  • Peggy Hughes: Listening to Books that Talk

    By on Feb. 8, 2014

    Peggy Hughes can often be seen dip­ping her fin­ger into one of Ed­in­burgh’s many lit­er­ary pies, be­fore adding salt, pep­per or nut­meg. That's when she isn't organising literary salons, festivals and publications within her role as Dundee's Literary Development Officer. We caught up with her in Edinburghs' cafe-bookshop Looking Glass Books to talk about Electric Bookshop and literary tattoos

  • Afterbabbel: All Ears

    Translation gives you two poems instead of one. What could be better? Twice as many opportunities for possible 'ah's and 'oooh's as well as scrunching of the nose. Welcome to 'Afterbabbel', christened after the final chapter’s title in David Bello's splendid book on translation Is that a Fish in Your Ear. 

  • An interview with Scottish author Ali Smith

    By on Jan. 1, 2014

    Reading a short story or a novel by Ali Smith can seem like chatting to the best kind of polymath friend. You leave with a mental list of books you can’t wait to read (essays by Italo Calvino, or Muriel Spark’s Momento Mori), music to play in the car (from Gershwin to Beethoven) and curious facts you can’t quite believe. (Is that really how the music for The Wizard of Oz was composed?)

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 24: Poetry Jigsaw

    By on Dec. 24, 2013

    It is Christmas Eve: just one more sleep until Christmas Day, and the final day of our Poetry Advent Calendar. As the last door in an advent calendar should tie up any loose ends, today we've puzzled together the pieces of the poetry jigsaw for you. Had you completed it already?

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 23: Christmas presents for poets

    By on Dec. 23, 2013

    ‘It has been the year of the dish,’ proclaims the Iranian-born British poet Mimi Khalvati in one poem, commenting wryly on a year in which she has all too often been given dishes as presents. She is forced to re-arrange her kitchen and come up with elaborate meals to be served on the new dishes. Yet how to avoid the trap of generic presents? We’ve come up with ideas for a family of poets.

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 22: Poetry Jigsaw

    By on Dec. 22, 2013

    Today come the final two pieces of the poetry advent calendar. We'll give you the entire poem on Christmas Eve, should you not have figured it out by then.