Spoken and Sung: rhyming for renovation

Spoken and Sung: rhyming for renovation

Ron Butlin / credit: Chris Scott

Fundraiser for the Scottish Poetry Library features Liz Lochhead, Ron Butlin and Christine De Luca

The Scottish Poetry Library is a unique national resource centre for all things poetic. One of just three poetry libraries in the UK, and the only one to be independently housed, it is currently home to over 40,000 items of poetic significance. So understandably they need a little extra wiggle room.

The Space For Sound campaign involves a £450,000 refurbishment of the current building in Crichton’s Close. It aims to retain the spirit of the library whilst realising its full potential as a place for poetry sharing activities. The new space will be a welcome addition to the capital’s spoken word scene as sell-out nights run by Rally & Broad, Neu Reekie and Illicit Ink continue to fire the capital’s taste for performance poetry.

Partial funding has been provided by foundations and Creative Scotland but contributions are still needed, and what better way to support poetry than by enjoying it? Taking place on Friday 19 June Spoken and Sung is headlined by the queen of Scottish poetry, National Poet of Scotland Liz Lochhead. Author of multiple poetry anthologies as well translations of famous plays into Scots Lochhead is a prolific performer, recently turning her hand to hip-hop as she provided vocals for Glasgow group Hector Bizerk on their EP The Bird That Never Flew. Joining her are previous Edinburgh Makar and author of celebrated novel The Sound of My Voice Ron Butlin. Butlin served the capital from 2008-2014 and was succeeded by third guest Christine De Luca, who writes in both English and Shetland Dialect.

The ‘sung’ element of the evening is delivered by Rudsambee, an Edinburgh based a cappella group with an eclectic repertoire. If you can't attend but want to help the library make more noise visit the Scottish Poetry Library website to donate. No librarians will shush you.

St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, 19 Jun.

Spoken and Sung: Liz Lochhead with Rudsambee

An evening of poetry and song with Rudsambee Company of Singers, poet Liz Lochhead, Christine de Luca and Ron Butlin to raise money for the Scottish Poetry Library.