‘Let’s get lyrical’
‘Hey Mr. Rain
Ain't you follow me down’…
Scotland's capital is ‘getting lyrical’.
Auld Reekie is a city binded in books, from
gothic novels through romantic poetry to fairy tales, and a city
where they have not only been stored, but also created. Whereas
Glasgow has proudly nested plenty beautifully singing birds which
boldly have enhanced alternative British music scene. Now both
those cities are getting together in a celebration of lyrics!
get lyrical’ is the fifth citywide reading campaign delivered
by The Edinburgh city of Literature Trust and proudly promoted by
joint forces of Edinburgh
city of Literature and Glasgow City of Music.
The programme lists over 80 events including
live music, workshops, song writing sessions, storytelling, poetry,
debates and films. They will take places in various venues in
Edinburgh such as libraries, museum, theatres, cinemas, bookshops,
and, happily for those who become more imaginative over a pint,
pubs. The full listing of events is available on the festival’s
Song lyrics were picked as a theme simply
because those angry, passionate, charming or ridiculous poems
alongside with magical tunes carry a huge amount of emotions.If you
feel like you have experienced an unforgettable dose of feelings
caused by song lyrics, which resulted in either catharsis or an
outrage, then you should write about it and share your
If you don’t feel like scribbling anything
down, then you can always enjoy the words written by some of
Britain's finest writers, musicians and songwriters, including
Lloyd Cole, Ian Rankin, Kenny Creosote, Barbara Dickson, Janice
Galloway, and many more.
For now, I shall enjoy The Velvet
Underground’s ‘Hey Mr.Rain’ and try not to look outside.
Agnieszka Gryczkowska, Edinburgh