Black and Asian poets read at the Scottish Poetry Library

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFair fa’ the nation’s favourite dish

fulfilling everybody’s wish,
great chieftain, O so very Scottish,
    the spice of life;
ye came and conquered the English,
    curing the strife.


‘Address Tae Chicken Tikka Masala’, Irfan Merchant

With less than a year until the referendum on the question of Scottish independence, the country is facing up to a number of questions about its future. Regardless of whether Scotland embraces or rejects independence, the process has inspired debate about how Scotland will look in the future – politically, economically, and socially.


On Thursday 24 October, 6.30pm, the Scottish Poetry Library is holding an event called Out of Bounds. Four black and Asian poets based in Scotland will take part in the evening, reading poems about their experience of living here. The poets are Vahni Capildeo, Bashabi Fraser, Irfan Merchant and Tawona Sithole. Our guests have all contributed to a new anthology, Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe Books), which was edited by Jackie Kay. The collection is an inventive reworking of the map of Britain as viewed by its black and Asian poets.

I’m writing to you to ask if there is any way in which you can help to spread the message about this event. A mention on Twitter or Facebook would be great; something in a newsletter or email sent round members, even better.

Full details about the Out of Bounds event can be found on the Scottish Poetry Library website:


Please contact:

Colin Waters

Communications Manager

Scottish Poetry Library

5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

t: 0131 557 2876



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