Thursday 21st March marks World Poetry Day, an international celebration led by UNESCO to champion the importance of poetry as a way expressing ideas, passing on traditions and supporting endangered languages.
Events take place around the world, with many people using the day to share their favourite poems on social media. The Scottish Poetry Library is marking the day with three poetry book launches: Nina Bogin, Beverley Bie Brahic and Eoghan Walls will all be presenting their new collections, all published by Carcanet Press. Alternatively, Sonnet Youth will be bringing their spoken word rave to the Gilded Balloon Basement on Rose Street, curated by Cat Hepburn and Kevin P. Gilday.
World Poetry Day was established in 1999, with the aim of using the power of poetry to bring people together and honour the oral traditions associated the the art form. In more recent years, Cities of Literature have used the day as a chance to share ideas, run digital events and enjoy poetical activities which spread the joy of poems internationally. Past events have included poetry on trams (thanks Heidelberg) and recitals which have spanned over 20 European libraries. Keep an eye on our social media as the day approaches for this year’s Creative City celebrations, as well as some of our top poetry picks from throughout Edinburgh’s history.