If you’d like to hear Humberto Ak’abal and his translators, James Robertson and Rosemary Burnett, talking about his work and reading from it while they were at the Ullapool Book Festival, please go to the Scottish Poetry Library’s podcast at this link:
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The noted Guatemalan Mayan poet Humberto Ak’abal is making his first ever visit to Scotland, and indeed to the UK, in May 2010. This remarkable poet writes both in Maya’kiche’ and Spanish. Drum of Stone, a selection of his poems translated into English and Scots by Rosemary Burnett and James Robertson, is being published by Kettillonia to mark his visit. You are warmly invited to hear Ak’abal read at one of these events:
- ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL, Saturday 8th May, 11.45am: Reading at Ullapool Village Hall. To book tickets contact www.thebooth.co.uk or phone 0788 091 7532. Visit www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk for more information.
- EDINBURGH, Wednesday 12th May, 6.00pm: Reading at Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. No charge for entry, but in order to gauge numbers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01828 650615, if possible by 10th May, if you intend to come.
- GLASGOW, Thursday 13th May, 5.15pm: Reading at Department of Scottish Literature, 7 University Gardens, University of Glasgow G12 8QH. No charge for entry but numbers are limited so please contact email@example.com or phone 01828 650615 by 10th May if you intend to come.
- ABERDEEN WORD FESTIVAL, Sunday 16th May, 10.30am: Reading at King’s College Centre, Aberdeen AB24 3FX. To book tickets visit www.abdn.ac.uk/word/programme/ or phone 01224 641122
Humberto Ak’abal’s visit to Scotland is generously supported by the Tom Wright Trust. The enthusiastic support of the University of Glasgow’s School of English and Scottish Language and Literature is also greatly appreciated.