The School of Night – inspired by the group which included Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh – is our Year Round Poetry Festival. Curated with the help of Don Paterson and playing host to poets as varied as Paul Muldoon and Lorraine Mariner, Simon Armitage and Annie Freud it is anchored to a regular fixture on the last Tuesday of the month. The School of Night offers the chance to explore and discuss the work of some of the best poets on the contemporary scene, and with 3 of shortlisted poets for 2015’s T S Eliot Prize having visited last year, it really is the place to find the best and the brightest the poetry scene has to offer!
Our main act this month is the Eric Gregory Award winning poet Sam Riviere! Sam’s debut collection, 81 Austerities, was glowingly reviewed and won him the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
“If you want to know what new things poetry can do, you’ll find [81 Austerities] an exhilaratingly authentic way to confront the inauthentic, both in ourselves and in society.” – The Guardian
Sam’s second collection, Kim Kardashian’s Marriage, was a similar hit with the critics – ethereal, witty and increasingly assured. Sam unpicks, unmasks, challenges and makes sense of the world around us in a vital, captivating way – we can’t wait to see him perform in St Andrews.
We’ll also be joined by Don Paterson for the launch of a phenomenal new Poetry magazine –The Scores Journal includes new essays by Clive James, poems by John Glenday and much more, we can’t wait to see the final thing!