Date(s) - Thu 25th Feb, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist series: Grimoire – Online Reading with poet Robin Robertson
Robin Robertson – a Scot exiled in London for most of his life – will explain how this Grimoire came to be, and why it’s subtitled New Scottish Folk Tales. Primarily, though, this will be a chance to hear him reading these poems.
Robin Robertson is originally from the north-east coast of Scotland. His previous book, The Long Take (2018), won the Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and was the first poem to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
‘I’ve long admired Robin Robertson’s narrative gift… If you love stories, you will love this book.’ Val McDermid
‘Magic and malign forces weave eerily through this slim volume of “New Scottish Folk Tales” by the distinguished poet, whose 2018 verse-novel, The Long Take, was Booker-shortlisted. Here, he deploys Scots, Gaelic and English, distilling the spirit of vanished peoples who spoke freely of the selkies, changelings and shapeshifters that populate these beautiful poems. Evocatively illustrated by the author’s brother, Tim Robertson, Grimoire is the perfect fireside companion for winter nights.’ Herald
‘Superb… Robin Robertson’s spirit-haunted Grimoire demonstrates how much poetry matters even in the most terrible of times.’ John Banville, Irish Times Best Books of 2020
We are running this as a ‘pay as you can’ event. Please see our booking options below.
This event is brought to you as part of a series celebrating the 2020 Highland Book Prize longlist. Over the next few months, Moniack Mhor will be running sessions with longlisted writers including workshops, individual and in-conversation talks. All will be delivered via Zoom and supported by a member of the Moniack Mhor/Highland Book Prize team.
Our thanks go to the William Grant Foundation who provide funding to encourage public engagement with the Highland Book Prize.
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