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La Baudunais and Other Poems of Brittany

Thursday 17 March 2011 17:30-18:30

Institut Français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

The newly refurbished Institute’s cafe hosts a new series of events ranging from music to poetry, from literature to storytelling...
The poet Gordon Jarvie will be opening this series by reading some of his poems ’from Brittany’ in English. David Kinloch will be reading their French versions.

’La Baudunais and other Poems of Brittany’ was published in 2009 in France, in English and French. In the introduction, Gordon Jarvie wrote: ’All of these poems [gathered in this pamphlet] came about as a consequence of my family’s use of a holiday cottage in the midst of the Breton countryside between 1993 and 2004. There are only eleven poems to show for twelve years of holidays in Brittany (or not even one poem per year), which is perhaps surprising; but I have never been a fluent poet [...]’

Gordon Jarvie was born in Edinburgh in 1941 and studied French at university. His recent poetry publications include The Tale of the Crail Whale (Harpercroft, 2006) and Poems Mainly from the East Neuk, Fife (Akros, 2007). His other recent titles include the anthology 100 Favourite Scottish Poems to Read Out Loud (Luath, 2007) and the folklore collection Scottish Folks and Fairy Tales from Burns to Bachan (2nd edition, Penguin, 2008).

Dr David Kinloch is a Scottish poet published by Carcanet and a Reader in Poetry at the University of Strathclyde. He was also a Lecturer in French for many years. He will be launching a new collection of poems, Finger of a Frenchman, in April this year.

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

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