East Ayrshire Leisure's annual event celebrates the anniversary of the publication of Robert Burns’ first book, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. This book was printed in Kilmarnock by John Wilson in 1786. It changed the life of young Robert Burns and made an impact on the literary world like no other Scottish book since.
In Spring 2015, Stirling born poet William Letford was engaged in a creative residency at the Burns House Museum in Mauchline, creating new work that responded to the museum, its collections, and Mauchline itself. It is therefore fitting that William now brings his own poetry to Kilmarnock to celebrate this pivotal moment in Scotland’s literary heritage.
William Letford’s first book Bevel (Carcanet) garnered enormous critical acclaim upon its publication in 2012. He is a past winner of the New Writers Award and the Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary. He has performed his poetry around the world, including at Reel Festival in Iraq. The event will be hosted by Imprint Festival patron and writer Zoe Strachan.
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The link below takes you directly to EAL's web page about this event.