I write this not long after returning from Edinburgh International Book Festival, & 5 days of joyful work which included overseeing Babble On; the festival strand which celebrates poetry & performance in all its forms. By the grace of the festival’s Associate Director Roland Gulliver & Director Nick Barley, myself & Luke Wright were permitted once again to let our ideas about boundary-free poetry run amok, & to bring more than 30 poets & performers together to make it happen.
With so many talented performers & poets in one place, the energy was intense. Kicking off with two Kate Tempest events earlier in the week and concluding with Homework: Fight For Your Right on Saturday night, there was darkness, laughter, satire, homage, modern art, music and bingo in-between; each performer contributed to the collective magic. Heartfelt thanks to every single artist who took part, the audiences who came & all the staff at the festival. Babble On 2015 was pure poetry.
There were a some great reviews of the events, which is always an added bonus, including two of Prolong The Talk: Re-imagining Philip Larkin 1985-2015:
‘ (it was) a pleasure to hear the current generation of poets celebrate what he means to them with such creativity and sincerity. And it was sheer pleasure to hear again Larkin classics’ The Scotsman
‘The event was a fantastic celebration of Philip Larkin and his poetry. Each of the five diverse and exciting poets had their own style and take on Larkin. This resulted in a enjoyable and entertaining hour of poetry and a great way to spend the afternoon at the Edinburgh International Book Festival’ TV Bomb
Some pictures of Babble On at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015