Due to the recent change in family circumstances I won’t be able to get out to poetry readings and events as I used to. Even before this I used to feel that because of childcare restrictions I was never really able to attend as much as I would wish. However I have no wish to lose touch with what is happening in the poetry community. And so I turn to the internet for my salvation.
I have long held that that internet is my invention of the millennium. I literally could not do the job I have as a researcher without it. Yes it does have it’s draw backs, but particular in a country like Scotland where creative communities can be spread across vast distances, and populations live in what are termed remote and rural areas, having an internet engage community means that there is a level of connection that would not be possible otherwise. It’s just a pity that in some of the remote and rural areas broadband is not what it should be.
I have made two internet finds in the past week which I expect to be fully utilising when I am inevitably home bound. This first is the Scottish Poetry Library Podcast. I have not really ventured into the world of the podcast before, mainly for the reason that as I get older I become more and more like my mother. Becoming more like my mother includes assuming that every new technology is “difficult” and “for young people”. For this illogical reason I have always shunned podcasts. I have been amazed to find that all they are tiny little radio like programs, which generally last about half an hour. Fitting perfectly into the time it takes to have a nice pot of tea and a biscuit or a bath. For a long time radio has been my preferred medium, I feel that nothing can match the intimacy of the human voice, especially when lying in the dark, in your bed at night. Therefore special poetry related podcasts are just perfect.
My second discovery, which I expect to be very old hat for most of my readers has been the Poetry Archive. Whatever your personal opinion is of Andrew Motion I think the poetry archive is a legacy to be proud of. I have now spent a couple of evenings clicking round the archive and have discovered new poets and poems which I feel I would not have found otherwise. There are some gaps in the archive, but it is a work in progress and I hope over time to see some of the poets I know, and works that I love included.
I would also like to share with readers this lovely reading of a Sheila K Cameron poem Two inches tall by Tom Conti – thanks the the SPL podcast for sharing this. I think it may almost be perfect.
Are there any other poetry podcasts or sites I should be checking out? Please share them with me.