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Lugs Tae Arthur’s Seat, Scotland’s smallest festival – Scottish Review of Books
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Lugs Tae Arthur’s Seat, Scotland’s smallest festival

September 11, 2013 | by SRB

In October, the Scottish Poetry Library will launch Lugs Tae Arthurs Seat, Scotland’s smallest festival. It will feature live music by Wounded Knee, poetry, food and the great outdoors, and will take place at the top of Arthurs Seat.

Every year the Edinburgh Festival gets bigger, but this October, the Scottish Poetry Library continues to reinvent the poetry reading with Lugs Tae Arthurs Seat. Over the past year, the SPL has organised events pairing poetry with perfume at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and a webcast that linked a reading by Kathleen Jamie in Edinburgh and Jen Hadfield in Shetland.

On Saturday, 5 October, the SPL invites poetry-lovers to exercise mind, body and soul with a walk that begins at the Library and concludes with a breath-taking view of the capital. At 10am, those taking part will gather at the SPL, where breakfast will be served. The journey is guided by Andrew Sclater, poet, actor, historian and editor of an edition of Darwin’s letters.

Once at the peak, those taking part will be met by acclaimed local musician Wounded Knee, who will play a set of his stripped-down folk-balladry. This will be Edinburgh’s highest gig: Arthurs Seat is 251 metres tall and the highest point in Edinburgh. The gig is part of a trend for intimate gigs in unusual places, and of a piece with Amanda Palmer playing concerts in fans’ houses, Richard Hawley in Devil’s Arse Cave in Castelton, or Spiritualised at the top of the CN Tower.

Andrew Sclater says, ‘What a huge treat it’ll be on an autumn morning to gather in a group and listen to the city below, look out to sea and hills and horizon, and feel what is to be felt in that place. Just below the Guttit Haddie and just above the Salisbury Crags, Leith’s Wounded Knee and I will revisit greater and lesser known poetry and music – after a convivial breakfast and a gentle, quiet walk!’

Lugs Tae Arthurs Seat takes place at 10am, Saturday, 5 October. Tickets are priced £7 / £6, which includes breakfast. Tickets can be bought in person at the SPL or online at http://spllugs.eventbrite.co.uk/

For more information on the Scottish Poetry Library, visit www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk.


About the performers

Wounded Knee is Drew Wright, an Edinburgh-based experimental vocalist. Drawing from a variety of influences his music ranges from folk to improvised vocalic stravaigs. The Skinny said of his 2009 album Shimmering New Vistas, ‘Wounded Knee is evocative, at times witty, and, on occasion, haunting.’

Andrew Sclater is a poet as well as a specialist in historic landscapes and gardens. He is a biker, drystane dyker and the co-founder of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

About the Scottish Poetry Library

The SPL is one of three poetry libraries in the UK, but the only one to be independently housed. It is the only poetry house in the world to have an extensive lending library at its core. It seeks to bring people and poetry together in many different ways.


For media information, images, or to arrange an interview with Andrew Sclater or Wounded Knee, contact:


Colin Waters
SPL Communications Manager

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