28 August, 7.30pm
National Library of New Zealand
Robin Robertson is one of Britain's most acclaimed poets. His recently released book-length narrative collection, The Long Take, is 'a beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring. Here we have a poet at the peak of his symphonic powers taking a great risk, and succeeding gloriously.' (John Banville, The Guardian). Robertson performs his poetry and speaks with poet Harry Ricketts about his work and his other life as an editor at Jonathan Cape, where he has worked with Irvine Welsh, Anne Enright, Michael Ondaatje and Seamus Heaney among others.
Presented in association with WORD Christchurch and supported by British Council, Creative Scotland and National Library of New Zealand.
What they said...
‘Robin Robertson, one of the finest lyric poets of the age, flexes his artistic reach in a
continuous narrative of more than two hundred pages, a beautiful, vigorous and achingly
melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring. Here we have a
poet, at the peak of his symphonic powers, taking a great risk, and succeeding gloriously…
The Long Take is a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful, fast-paced – the old-time movie
reviewer’s vocabulary is apt to the case – and almost unbearably moving.’
– John Banville, The Guardian.
Scotland on Sunday.
‘Robertson’s The Long Take shows it is perfectly possible to write poetry which is both accessible and subtle, which has a genuine moral and social conscience without sacrificing the polished nature of the language to soundbite and cliché… Robertson manages a remarkable strike rate for keeping the language unsettling and honed, often by judicious assonances and alliterations… This is a major achievement, and will linger long in the reader’s mind.’
– Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday.
‘The words flow like the frames of a classic film masterpiece.’
— Mike Hodges, Filmmaker (Get Carter, Croupier, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead).