Australian poet Les Murray to visit St Andrews

Sunday 10 October 2010

Les Murray will be reading in St Andrews this month.

If you would like to enjoy some world class poetry ahead of the StAnza extravaganza planned for March (see the blog post below), clear a space in your diary for 25 October when the outstanding Australian poet, Les Murray, will be giving a reading  in St Andrews, Fife. This is the first time the poet has been to the town since he appeared at StAnza back in 2000. The event is being hosted by the University of St Andrews’ School of English, in association with StAnza, and will take place at 7pm in the town’s historic Parliament Hall.

Murray is a poet of international standing and his work has been published in ten languages. Among his many awards, he won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Best Collection in 1996 and was awarded the Queen’s Medal in 1999, on the recommendation of the late Ted Hughes. Murray has strong connections with Scotland – his ancestors left the Highlands for Sydney in 1848 – and his poetry celebrates Scottish and Scottish Gaelic cultural influences in Australia. His latest collection, Taller When Prone, is to be published in the UK next month by Carcanet and copies will be available at his St Andrews event.

Tickets for the event are available on the door for (£5.00/£3.00). To reserve a ticket, email (NB reserved tickets must be collected by 6.40pm on 25th October).