Features - October 2012

New Scottish poets

Clockwise from top left: Jim Ferguson, Colin Herd, Marvo Men, Lila Matsumoto, feature editor Sandra Alland, Nuala Watt, Alison Smith, and ShellSuit Massacre.

“It’s difficult to say exactly what’s going on in Scottish poetry right now,” writes Sandra Alland. “But it’s definitely something exciting.” Alland convenes nine poets in Scotland, most of whom live in Glasgow or Edinburgh, to suggest a “recent surge” in work being done in flourishing hybrid forms and experimentation in this increasingly independent region.