As someone with a very word-heavy degree, I don’t spend that much time with poetry. Somehow or another, our paths just don’t cross that often.
I’ve been watching a canny few videos from Jen Campbell recently though, and it’s left me wanting to repair my relationship with poetry. When Facebook left an event in my feed for the launch of a new literary magazine and a poetry reading at my favourite bookstore in town, I knew I had to go.
Although I didn’t know much about it before I really enjoyed myself, and was pleased to find out that it was part of a larger programme of events called the School of Night. I couldn’t find any more events on Facebook just yet, but hopefully there will be a few more for me to pop along to this year.
While at the event, I was introduced to plenty of new poets to reintroduce me to the form. The magazine launch was for The Scores, which is organised by some of the postgraduate creative writing students here at St Andrews. I can’t wait to see what they do with it, and have already found some beautiful poems when stalking through their site! I would really recommend checking it out if you want to find some new poets.
The star of the show was Sam Riviere, who read a selection of poems from his published collections and some that were still in progress.
Sam’s poems were funny in a very dry, observational manner and I found myself chuckling away through most of his work. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I picked up two of his books before I left and raced home to read a few more.
Now, I just need to keep an eye out for the next School of Night event and find some more poetry to devour! Judging by how busy the event was, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the same.