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Finger of a Frenchman

Thursday 9 June 2011 17:30-18:30

Institut français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

For this 4th ‘Rendez-vous au café’ edition, we are delighted to welcome the poet David Kinloch for a unique poetry reading event mixing poems from previous collections translated in French and poems from his new collection launched in April ’Finger of a Frenchman’.

The poems of this new collection are portraits of artists and reflections on visual art through five centuries of artistic bond between Scotland and France. They explore looking, and writing about looking: looking at surfaces and beyond them, at what is depicted and what is hidden in shadow, at how a transient chemistry of light may be fixed in colour and words.

David Kinloch was born in Glasgow in 1959 and was educated at Glasgow and Oxford universities. He was for many years a teacher of French studies and he is currently teaches writing and Scottish literature at the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of four previous collections: Dustie-Fute (Vennel Press, 1992), Paris-Forfar (Polygon, 1994), Un tour d’Ecosse (2001) and In My Father’s House (2005), both published by Carcanet. In 2004 he was a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award.

£5/ £3 (Institute’s members and full-time students)

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