From the Margins – William Letford and Roddy Woomble

Writers pick the other artists they'd reclaim from the margins

From the Margins – William Letford and Roddy Woomble

William Letford, Roddy Woomble

William Letford, writer, poet, roofer
Which artist, writer, musician, filmmaker would you reclaim from the 'margins'?

Jack Gilbert published his first collection of poems, Views of Jeopardy, in 1962. This won him the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Celebrity followed. He turned his back on this celebrity to scratch out a hand to mouth existence on mainland Europe. Busy living, as he would put it. Although continually writing, he waited twenty years to publish his second collection. A sort of lyrical ghost, he has rarely been included in any major anthology. It’s not that I want to bring him back from the margins. I’m sure that’s where he wants to be. I just want you to know he’s there.

Roody Woomble, musician
Which artist, writer, musician, filmmaker would you reclaim from the 'margins'?

My man in the Margins is American songwriter Michael Hurley. He's been hobo-ing around America singing his songs as long as Bob Dylan has been singing his. As far as troubadours go, he's the real deal. A songwriter with a highly surrealist imagination - werewolves, hot dogs, sign painters - everything he thinks ends up in his songs.

Michael Hurley - Be Kind to Me

Tom Leonard, Don Paterson and Billy Letford – Three Poets

Three generations of Scottish poetry, from outspoken veteran Tom Leonard via award-winning poet and Picador Poetry editor Don Paterson to young buck Billy Letford, whose performances of his work have caused a stir even before his debut collection, Bevel, is published by Carcanet in November 2012.

Roddy Woomble, Withered Hand and Alasdair Roberts

Margins rounds off the first evening of bookish delights with a gig from the Idlewild frontman – an acclaimed rock and folk musician, yes, but also a keen reader and the driving force behind Chemikal Underground's Ballads of the Book, which paired writers up with songwriters for an acclaimed album. In support are suitably…


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