Wigtown Book Festival: Poetry for Breakfast – Marjorie Lotfi and Jim Carruth


Marjorie Lotfi and Jim Carruth.
Performance: Fri 29 Sep – 09:30 UK (45 minutes)

Start your day with a blast of caffeine sweetened by poetry and chat.

Marjorie Lotfi moved to Tehran as a baby with her American mother and Persian father, and fled Iran during the Iranian Revolution. Her poems have been widely published, and she was one of the three winners of the inaugural James Berry Poetry Prize in 2021. She founded the Belonging Project and is a Co-Founder and Director of the charity Open Book. She is an Ignite Fellow with the Scottish Book Trust, one of the 12 Collective of women writers, co-editor of New Writing Scotland, and chair of the board of StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and a former chair of the board of the Wigtown Festival Company. Her first book-length collection, The Wrong Person to Ask, is a meditation on the idea of home, both the places we start and end up in our lives.

Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone, and grew up on his family’s dairy farm near Kilbarchan. He has won both the James McCash poetry competition and the McLellan Poetry Prize and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009. He was chosen as one of the poets showcased in Oxford Poets 2010. In 2014 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow. His new collection, Far Field, is the final book in The Auchensale Trilogy, which captures the changing rural landscape of the West of Scotland. The poems include a series of elegies for his late father, and focus on the challenges ahead for the family farm as the baton is passed to the next generation.

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Friday 29 Sep 2023
Festival Cafe, Wigtown. United Kingdom