August continues to be a hot month for poetry, regardless of whether or not the sun puts in an appearance. The Edinburgh International Book Festival has a very strong poetry programme this year and it's only about a third of the way through its run, so plenty left to see. Elsewhere in Edinburgh, there's lots of poetry on offer, someone said more than 80 shows, so a real embarrassment of poetry riches. Per our earlier post on this, we're happy to post listings or short reviews, so if you've seen something you really enjoyed, why not tell us.
Meantime, looking slightly further ahead, the deadline is looming one week from now for the new poetry competition on the block, The Robert Graves Prize, which a prize fund of more than £1,000. The closing date is 23rd August so you're still time if you'd like to submit.
And later this month, Beyond Borders Scotland, an Edinburgh-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating small-nation dialogue and cultural exchange, returns to Traquair House with their International Festival. Taking place on August 26th and 27th in the grounds of Scotland's oldest inhabited residence, the festival brings together politicians, cultural leaders, authors and artists from all
over the world to the Scottish Borders for a weekend of panel debates on a number of topical global and national issues. Confirmed speakers this year include Bettany Hughes, Nicola Sturgeon, Jim Naughtie, Valerie Plame Wilson, Christina Lamb, Bonnie Greer, William Dalrymple, Tina Brown, Steve Richards and many many more. Alongside the talks, the weekend festival also features literary walks,
meditation sessions and bike rides in the picturesque surrounding area.
This year also sees the introduction of Music and Arts in Traquair's beautiful Walled Garden. With interactive workshops, exhibitions, theatre, dance and film screenings in our tipi cinema, along with drop in yoga and meditation sessions in our yurt and performances from singers Barbara Dickson, Heidi Talbot and Reem Kelani, there's something for everyone in this year's programme. For full details and individual event timings please visit the Beyond Borders Scotland website.