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TITLE
'How Long Does it Take to Write a Poem?'
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_PAMELA_BEASANT_02
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Pamela Beasant
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1428
KEYWORDS
audio
literary landscapes

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The poem 'How long does it take to write a poem?' was written by Pamela Beasant. It is read here by the author.

How long does it take to write a poem?

MacCaig, wily old master,
trotted out the unvarying reply:
two fags.

It always drew a laugh.

He meant
don't over or underplay the art.
Don't make it god.

But his eyes -
Suilven pools smarting in a Rose St pub -
betrayed the devotion of a life spent
watching, smoking,
filling volumes.

Pamela Beasant was born and brought up in Glasgow. She read English at Oxford University before working at Usborne Publishing in London. She moved to Orkney in 1986, since when she has been working freelance as a writer and editor. Pam has been widely published as a poet, and her collection, 'Running with a Snow Leopard' was published by Two Ravens Press in 2008. In 2006, her play, 'A Hamnavoe Man', based on the life and writing of George Mackay Brown, was commissioned by and performed at the St Magnus Festival. She also wrote the script for the 2008 Festival play, 'Riders of Sea Horses'.

Pam's biographical study, 'Stanley Cursiter: a life of the artist', was published in 2007, together with seven information books for children, published by Parragon Books. In addition, she wrote the libretto for a rock opera, 'Voice', with composer Gemma McGregor, performed in Orkney in 2008. Pam is finishing her first novel, 'Making Angels', and has started a second. Editorially, she has worked on many books, in particular 'A New Orkney Anthology', published by the GMB writing fellowship in 2008, and 'St Magnus Festival, a celebration', published in 2002.

Pamela is listed by the Scottish Book Trust, and has been awarded writers' bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council and Hi-Arts. In 2007, she was the first George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow. The Scottish Poetry Library has appointed her as their Poet Partner in Stromness for 2008-09.

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'How Long Does it Take to Write a Poem?'

2000s

audio; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Pamela Beasant

The poem 'How long does it take to write a poem?' was written by Pamela Beasant. It is read here by the author.<br /> <br /> How long does it take to write a poem?<br /> <br /> MacCaig, wily old master,<br /> trotted out the unvarying reply:<br /> two fags.<br /> <br /> It always drew a laugh.<br /> <br /> He meant<br /> don't over or underplay the art.<br /> Don't make it god.<br /> <br /> But his eyes -<br /> Suilven pools smarting in a Rose St pub -<br /> betrayed the devotion of a life spent<br /> watching, smoking, <br /> filling volumes.<br /> <br /> Pamela Beasant was born and brought up in Glasgow. She read English at Oxford University before working at Usborne Publishing in London. She moved to Orkney in 1986, since when she has been working freelance as a writer and editor. Pam has been widely published as a poet, and her collection, 'Running with a Snow Leopard' was published by Two Ravens Press in 2008. In 2006, her play, 'A Hamnavoe Man', based on the life and writing of George Mackay Brown, was commissioned by and performed at the St Magnus Festival. She also wrote the script for the 2008 Festival play, 'Riders of Sea Horses'. <br /> <br /> Pam's biographical study, 'Stanley Cursiter: a life of the artist', was published in 2007, together with seven information books for children, published by Parragon Books. In addition, she wrote the libretto for a rock opera, 'Voice', with composer Gemma McGregor, performed in Orkney in 2008. Pam is finishing her first novel, 'Making Angels', and has started a second. Editorially, she has worked on many books, in particular 'A New Orkney Anthology', published by the GMB writing fellowship in 2008, and 'St Magnus Festival, a celebration', published in 2002. <br /> <br /> Pamela is listed by the Scottish Book Trust, and has been awarded writers' bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council and Hi-Arts. In 2007, she was the first George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow. The Scottish Poetry Library has appointed her as their Poet Partner in Stromness for 2008-09.