Roberta Burns - Part 2 is The Grantidote's fourth podcast. You're going to want to make sure you've listened to Roberta Burns - Part 1 before listening to this second part of our special edition focusing on Scottish women's poetry as an alternative to the annual Scottish tradition of celebrating Robert Burns' life and work.
In this podcast, as an intervention to the Burns' Night norm, Heather Pearson and podcast guests Robert Somynne, Catriona Courtier, Pauline Kirby and Hugh Hunter highlight poetic works by Muriel Spark, Elaine Reid, Liz Lochhead and Helen Lamb and urge listeners to also check out the work of Nadine Aisha Jassat, Kate Ailes, Jackie Kay, MC Soom T, Kathleen Jamie, Karine Polwart, Jessie Kesson, Magi Gibson and Janet Hamilton.
As mentioned at the end of this podcast, if you’re interested in rectifying some of the colossal gender imbalance in representation for women in poetry, and for women generally, information on the Wikipedia Editathon being held at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh during Februrary 2018 can be found here.
Further context reading about the controversy in the Scottish press around Liz Lochhead calling Burns the Harvey Weinstein of his day can be found here.
The Grantidote's Roberta Burns Scottish Women’s Poetry podcasts were created with special thanks to our contributors, Pauline Kirby, Catriona Courtier, Robert Somynne and Hugh Hunter for their generous donations of time, courage and effort. Huge thanks also to The Scottish Poetry Library and Keith Charters for invaluable help with the learning curve of understanding copyright laws for podcasting and to Edward Crossan at Birlinn Publishing for the kind permission to read Liz Lochhead’s ‘Kidzpoem’. Thanks too to Elaine Reid for letting us read out her work. More thanks go to Silent Robert for his time and kindness donated to being The Grantidote's sound man for a day and to Torben Melohn for creating such brilliant podcast music to bookend our words. Finally, thank you to Chris Powici, who gave kind permission for us to use Helen Lamb’s poem ‘Spell of the bridge’ and has also written a beautiful tribute to Helen which is featured here, as part of The Grantidote.