This event was due to take place at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Due to the coronavirus situation it will now take place online, and we are delighted to present a programme that brings together voices from around the world while remaining firmly rooted in Scotland.
Rocks have long inspired poets (refer to Burns’ “O my Luve’s like a red, red rose” poem 2794): “Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt wi’ the sun”.
To the present day poets are similarly inspired. Michael McKimm’s Fossil Sunshine (2013) and “MAP, Poems after William Smith’s Geological Map of 1815” (2015) showed how geological subject matter from Geopoetry 2011 could inspire poets: “…the poems here make Smith’s map anew in moving and surprising ways”. The Jurassic Coast Poems (2017) by Sarah Acton, the Jurassic resident poet, showed continued inspiration: “We hear the red rock Speak in ripples”.
This event, to be held on National Poetry Day (1 October 2020), is hosted by the Geological Society (in conjunction with the Central Scotland Group), the Scottish Poetry Library and the Edinburgh Geological Society and will bring together poets and geoscientists to further encourage the rocks to speak.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Scottish Energy Forum, registration for this event is free.