The Poetry Round

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 21: Reverse Book Club

    By on Dec. 21, 2013

    The idea of a book club can be enticing for bibliophiles - but for many of us there are nig­gling doubts when we con­sider join­ing one. What if they only read dread­ful nov­els of the kind dis­cussed in [in­sert de­spised pub­li­ca­tion here]. What if the group is made up by peo­ple who don't re­ally lis­ten, but in­stead like re­peat­ing their own opin­ions loudly?

  • Poetry advent calendar 20: Rose St Poems

    By on Dec. 20, 2013

    In the ro­man­ti­cally named Rose Street in Ed­in­burgh's New Town we find a place where words weave them­selves into the walls, bring­ing the area's po­etic his­tory back to life. The historic street is home to many bars and boasts a rich lit­er­ary con­nec­tion. This seems ap­pro­pri­ate

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 19: Poetry Jigsaw

    By on Dec. 19, 2013

    The increasing frequency with which Last Christmas is played on the radio reminds us that Yuletide is approaching. Advent, the waiting time, is coming to an end. With it, our poetry jigsaw nears completion too. Let us know if you've guessed the poem!

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 18: Good Gifts

    By on Dec. 18, 2013

    In the week before Christmas, pangs of present panic can become pervasive. (Sorry, I got a bit carried away by the alliteration there...) Suddenly we remember that we've bought our father socks for the last three years running, or we realise we completely forgot to buy a gift for our brother-in-law.

  • Poetry Advent Calendar 17: A Book For Xmas

    By on Dec. 17, 2013

    'Imag­ine a whole room full of books. Imag­ine a whole build­ing full of books.' We can't help mar­vel­ling at Ed­in­burgh's anony­mous book sculp­tor. Quite apart from cre­at­ing ex­quis­ite ob­jects, she gal­vanised an on­line flurry of pas­sion for li­braries over the sum­mer via her twit­ter feed, @_freetofly_.