The Poetry Periscope, a bright yellow jukebox filled with poems, made its debut appearance in Scotland earlier this month at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, which ran from 1 – 16 April.
It is now on the move again and is setting up quarters at Napier University‘s Criaglockhart Campus, in the main foyer. Home to a dedicated literature department, and an avid supporter of both poetry and prose, nationally and internationally, Napier University provides an ideal temporary dwelling for the Periscope.
The Periscope contains recordings of 30 poems from 30 European poets, including the likes of Jackie Kay (Scots Makar), Titos Patrikios (Greece) and Friederike Mayröcker (Austria), alongside upcoming names such as Irish-language poet Doireann Ni Ghriofa. All of the poems can be listened to in their original language as well as in translation.
The City of Literature Trust is working with Czech Centre London and Piana na Ulici to facilitate the Periscope’s Edinburgh mini-tour, and will announce its whereabouts as it continues on its tour in Edinburgh throughout the year.
The Poetry Periscope, originally developed in the Czech Republic, is a joint project by the Czech Centre London and Piana na ulici organised on behalf of EUNIC London. It was part of the 2016 European Literature Festival organised by EUNIC London and initiated by the Czech Centre in partnership with the British Library.
The Poetry Periscope is a public sound installation – a 1.8 m tall object containing a recorded poem from each EUNIC member. The installation is based on the Poetry Jukebox, which was installed in several European cities over the past year. Its stop in our literary capital is part of its broader UK-wide tour, where it will be stopping off at literary landmarks and events across the country.