Oliver Emanuel’s Flight

Oliver Emanuel’s Flight, an adaptation of Caroline Brothers’s novel Hinterland, was produced at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City earlier in the year. It is an immersive, sui generis piece, which requires the audience to wear headphones, and observe a series of tableaux which appear on a revolving carousel. It tells the story of two Afghan refugees crossing Europe in search of sanctuary. In a glowing review, The New York Times stated: ‘Though enchanting sounds like the wrong word for a work of art as intrinsically painful and political as “Flight,” enchanting it is. We project so much life onto its tableaus that they hardly seem...

New Zinnie Harris production of The Duchess of Malfi

Professor Zinnie Harris is producing a new version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, to be premiered at the Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2019. Of the production, Harris said: ‘In this #MeToo age of feminist uprising in the face of toxic masculinity, now feels like the perfect time to revisit this incredible, brutal story of female determination in the face of patriarchal power.’ This work follows an extraordinary 2017 for Harris, who was recently made a Professor at St Andrews. Last year three of her woks, This Restless House, Meet Me at Dawn, and a new version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, were produced at the Edinburgh International Festival, to great...

Don Paterson publishes The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

On May 17th, Professor Don Paterson published his monumental study The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre (Faber). This work is a treatise on the art of poetry in three sections – one on lyric, the music of poetic speech; one on sign, and how poetry makes its unique kind of sense; and one on metre, the rhythm of the poetic line. The publication of the book was celebrated with an event at Toppings Bookshop in St...

Oli Hazzard’s second collection of poetry published

Oli Hazzard’s second collection of poetry, Blotter (Carcanet), was published in February. The book consists of five sequences, each constructed using a different process. In ‘Graig Syfyrddin’ notes on hillwalking in the Welsh marches – the poet’s former home – alternate with found text taken from an online walking forum. ‘Blotter’ is a shepherd’s calendar of sonnets composed of Russian spambot script – a mix of lifestyle advice, gaming tips, authoritarian propaganda, bucolic fragments and apocalyptic messages. ‘Within Habit’ is a series of prose poems collaged from numerous sources. ‘March and May’ comprises parallel columns of verse. ‘Or As’ is a family of 81 seventeen-syllable poems, each one an erasure of the corresponding page in a different book the poet was writing alongside...

John Burnside publishes On Henry Miller…

On February 13th, John Burnside’s book On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist was published as part of Princeton University Press’s Writers on Writers series. Previous volumes in this series have included Colm Toibin’s On Elizabeth Bishop, and Alexander McCall Smith’s What W. H. Auden Can Do For You. Publisher’s Weekly stated that this ‘provocative study makes a strong case for Henry Miller as a romantic anarchist comparable. . . to Rachel Carson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt...