Poet and lyricist: Jackie Kay and Aidan Moffat

We’ve had a stupendous response to this event with the result that it’s now fully booked – there are no more tickets available. Sorry!

“Epic. Huge, sprawling, ambitious, defiant, angry and gripping …This was dramatically towering stuff, full of rousing prayer and sad song, and choruses sung in helplessness and revolt.” The Guardian on Jackie Kay’s The Lamplighters 

“His words are what you really invest in … yet another brilliant collection of songs from a man who I believe to be one of the best lyricists of his generation .” Ross Cunnighman on Aidan Moffat’s How To Get To Heaven From Scotland 

City Reads offers up two incredible talents this month to tie-in with the Carry A Poem campaign. Since she burst onto the scene with her stunning and award-winning first collection Adoption Papers in 1991, Jackie Kay has consistently delivered work exploring the role and power of language and ideas of identity. Other Lovers, Off Colour, Life Mask, Darling and The Lamplighter are some of her collections and sit alongside an admirable body of work in anthologies, novels, and work for children, stage and television.

Aidan Moffat is a legendary songwriter and musician whose talent has lent gravitas to bands Arab Strap, The Sick Anchors, L. Pierre and, currently, Aidan Moffat and the Best Ofs which released the album How To Get to Heaven From Scotland last year. Moffat’s talent has also been put to work as a poet on I Can Hear Your Heart, an album of poetry and prose from 2007 released under his full name Aidan John Moffat. He’ll be performing a few songs on the night with Kay reading from her work. A stellar line-up, a stonking night and both will be chatting about the power of words with the chair writer and musician Doug Johnstone

We’ve had a stupendous response to this event with the result that it’s now fully booked – there are no more tickets available. Sorry!

Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG  

6:30pm Thursday 25 February 2010

 

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