Poets on a Bus Commission (deadline Oct 14)

poets on a bus

Submission Details

In conjunction with Lothian Buses and Previously… (Scotland’s History Festival 2013), Inky Fingers is commissioning four poets to write poems based on Edinburgh, and then to read their work on Lothian Buses’ Edinburgh Tour!

We’ll select four poets based on initial submissions, in turn based on one of our briefs. The poets will given a ticket to go on Lothian Buses’ Edinburgh Tour where they’ll gather information, soak up inspiration and find their writing muse to write a further two poems. On November 21st they will take their poems on the Edinburgh Tour where they’ll read to passengers – a poetic supplement to the great work of the tour guides. Each poet will receive an honorarium of £50.

Pick one of the briefs and write a poem based on it. Remember that your poem must relate to the details of the brief. Send your poem in .doc format as an email attachment (please don’t paste it onto the body of the email) to inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com, and put ‘Poems on a Bus’ in the subject line. 40 lines max. Submission deadline 5pm 14th October. You can also send us a 75 word max. biography and any online links (max 2) as an addition to your submission, which may be taken into account in the final selection, though all submitted poems will be anonymised before shortlisting.

The Briefs:

Resurrection Men
Before killing 16 times to provide corpses for medical dissection, Burke and Hare took freshly-buried cadavers from their graves; to this end they were dubbed Resurrection Men.

Chloroform Party
James Young Simpson, who pioneered the use of chloroform as an anaesthetic, entertained dinner guest by giving them handkerchiefs soaked in chloroform to sniff. Much chloroform-induced hilarity followed.

Medieval Manhattan
At its height 40,000 people lived in the one and a half square miles of the Old Town’s tenements, leading historians to label it the Medieval Manhattan.

Unfinished Business
George Meikle Kemp, who designed the Scott monument, died before it was completed, as did Enric Moralles who designed the Parliament building. From National Monuments to trams, Edinburgh shows itself up as a city of unfinished business.