Five O’Clock Verses
StAnza’s final Five O’Clock Verses for 2017 brings together two award-winning poets who are also powerful performers. Jim Carruth is currently poet laureate for Glasgow, and his first full-length collection Killochries (Freight, 2015) was shortlisted for a number of prizes, including the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for First Collection. Patience Agbabi intertwines the traditions of the written and spoken word in her poetry, which is by turns wry, biting and joyful. Her fourth collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014), offers new life to another text which mixes these traditions, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, in an exuberant and multicultural remix.