Here’s Harry Giles, one of the Inky Fingers team, blogging at the Scottish Poetry Library’s Our Sweet Old Etcetera on the beginnings of Inky Fingers and what’s happening around Edinburgh now.
Edinburgh’s spoken word scene is particularly thriving right now. It’s an amazing thing to be able to go to top quality nights at least every week, and probably more often if you wanted to. I’ll always think of poetry as an oral form essentially, something that grows on the tongue and blooms in the ears, and so actively sharing words and sounds with a community of poets is central to the way I do poetry. Spoken word is sometimes messy, sometimes breath-taking, sometimes totally mystifying – but it’s always a way of bringing poetry alive.