as read by Kevin Williamson A selfie poem of Hugh MacDiarmid’s gentle, nuanced and timely verse: ‘Scotland’. For 2014 National Poetry Day.
Brilliant response from Dave Hook from Stanley Odd on Alistair Darling bringing the debate down lower …
by Stewart Sanderson In 1940, the English poet W.H. Auden declared that “poetry makes nothing happen: it survives / in the valley of its making.” From its first publication, this apparently unambiguous statement was rendered complex by the poem of… Read More ›
TEN YEARS AFTER (Iraq – A Beach Walk) An Easterly blows in from the Baltic a Russian wind on a Caithness shore I raise my hand to touch the Atlantic the ocean surges through a thirl door the crystal nails… Read More ›
1. GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY (FORTINGALL) Strictly speaking our Fuzzy Friday feature is about events in Scotland that Bella thinks worthy of flagging up to our perpetually curious, open-minded and cultured readership. The Fortingall Yew isnt a scheduled event,… Read More ›
by Kevin Williamson “One-dimensional thought is systematically promoted by the makers of politics and their purveyors of mass information. Their universe of discourse is populated by self-validating hypotheses which, incessantly and monopolistically repeated, become hyponotic definitions of dictations.” HERBERT MARCUSE, ONE… Read More ›
This is an extract from the Wreford Watson Lecture given by Will Self at the University of Edinburgh this week/ Whatever anxieties I may feel, as an Englishman, about speaking to a Scots audience in the capital of Scotland about… Read More ›
Any movement that has poetry at it’s heart has real prospects … Alan Bissett performing ‘Vote Britain’ live at Rally for Scottish Independence (22/09/12), at the Ross Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh.
This Saturday afternoon, as part of The Festival of Politics, Aonghas MacNeicail, Janet Paisley and regular Bella columnist George Gunn – three highly regarded writers, poets, playwrights and broadcasters – discuss political poetry and its relevance today. Does poetry have… Read More ›
There’s a split decision at Bella Towers over UK Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s newly published Olympics poem. Kevin thinks it is “no bad” while Mike thinks it is “shit”. We’d be interested to hear you thoughts…. TRANSLATING THE BRITISH, 2012… Read More ›
by Kevin Williamson Tonight’s the night. Its the grand opening of the new Summerhall arts complex‘s festival programme, in conjunction with The List magazine’s annual festival shenanigans. This will be the first time most of the 1,500 guests will have… Read More ›
From: Anne Morrison Sent: 31 May 2012 16:38 To: Alan Bissett Subject: Re: Vote Britain Hi Alan Your poem ‘Vote Britain’ has been doing the rounds on facbook in one form or another, and I’m aware I’m perhaps being overly negative in my comments… Read More ›
In the second of our ‘Poetry on trial’ essays – culled from the excellent Cut Out and Keep blog (now part of Fuselit website) – English poet Jon Stone looks at poetry’s three great warring tribes and questions whether the… Read More ›
This thoughtful provocative essay by poet George Gunn asks some timely questions on the whys and wherefores of modern poetry, and asks whether there is a socialised character of poetry in Scotland that is distinct from the leanings of the… Read More ›
This from Social Media Week Glasgow Crowdsourced Scottish Poetry Audiobook:
It takes a brave or foolish man to try and step into Robert Burns’s Scotland-size shoes but Bella Caledonia’s Kevin Williamson is doing it for fourteen nights in August. Here he explains why: I’ve never been comfortable with the concept… Read More ›