Breakfast at the Poetry Café: The Self
Wake up and smell the Poetry Café! Our breakfast panel discussion events offer a relaxed start to the day, with a group of poets and other festival participants discussing all things poetical over coffee and pastries. For this year’s theme of The Self we’ll be interrogating the (missing) “I” in poetry. Taking as our starting point questions of identity, persona and narrator, we want to know what happens when a poet inhabits another person’s words. We’ll also touch on the identity politics and poetics of the contemporary spoken word scene with which Sara Hirsch is familiar. Like Sara, choreographer Luke Pell, whose recent projects combine dance and poetry, works within a genre in which the artist as a performer very much embodies the artwork. Meanwhile, Jan Baeke, programmer for the Poetry International festival in Rotterdam, will explain the focus of "Ik" or "I", Poetry International's theme for 2017, and the ways in which this was developed. Esther Mijers specialises in the historic relationship between Scotland and the Low Countries.
Breakfast events include tea, coffee and pastries in the ticket price. Please let us know in advance of any relevant dietary requirements, quoting your ticket number, and we shall do our best to offer you a suitable alternative.