Greengown: New and Selected Poems by David Kinloch: Carcanet Book Launch

  • DATE

    16 November 2022

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome


    £2 (redeemable against the cost of the book)

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Greengown: New and Selected Poems by David Kinloch. Hosting the reading will be poet Richard Price. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.

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David Kinloch is one of the notable Scottish poets of his generation. His friend Edwin Morgan admired his ‘sparkling poems full of sensuous richness and linguistic inventiveness’; and Douglas Messerli declared, ‘David Kinloch is surely one of the most innovative poets ever to come out of Scotland … [his] readers must be prepared to take a long voyage through language, imagination, and space. While it isn’t always easy, it’s always worth the trip.’

This is his fifth Carcanet collection. It includes a distillation of his earlier work, and new poems that delight and challenge. Morgan praised his success in the ‘impossible genre’, the prose poem, his elegies, his flytings. He has been an activist as well as a poet, founding the magazine Verse and establishing the first Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking ‘attending’ on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place – you must complete the Zoom registration here

About the speakers:

David Kinloch is from Glasgow where he grew up and was educated. He is the author of six collections of poetry, most published by Carcanet Press, the latest being In Search of Dustie-Fute (2017) which was shortlisted for the Saltire Prize. He has degrees in French and English from the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford and spent much of his working life as a teacher of French at university level. In 2003, he changed course to focus on the teaching of creative writing and after retiring in 2019 is now Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. In 2022 he received a Cholmondeley Award in recognition of his work to date.

Richard Price has published over a dozen books of poetry since his debut in 1993, including Lucky Day (2005), which was a Guardian Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Since then, every Carcanet collection he has published has been shortlisted for a major prize. In 2012 his poem ‘Hedge Sparrows’ was chosen to represent Team GB in the Olympics project ‘Written World’. A year later, Small World, won the Creative Scotland Award in his home country. It was followed by another Guardian Book of the Year, Moon for Sale (2017). His poems have been widely anthologised and he has been translated into French, Finnish, German, Hungarian and Portuguese. He is a short story writer and novelist, and the editor of the little magazine Painted, spoken. He is the lyricist for the musical project The Loss Adjustors.He is Head of Contemporary British Collections at the British Library, in London, which includes the Sound Archive, Publications, and Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts.