An eye-catching Poetry Periscope has brought the work of leading European writers to our Merchiston campus.
The bright yellow 180cm tall steel structure is a ‘jukebox’ of verse, containing 30 poems by 30 writers, both in their original language and in translation.
Originally developed in the Czech Republic, passers-by can press once for a random poem to entertain them as they walk past, or stay longer to enjoy a whole curated selection.
The Periscope includes the work of poetry grandees like Titos Patrikios (Greece) and Friederike Mayrocker (Austria) as well as that of up and coming writers.
It has been installed at Merchiston, and will move to our Craiglockhart campus next month, courtesy of the Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, which is arranging for it to be placed at a series of key venues in the city.
The Periscope’s stay here is being sponsored by the University’s Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW).
Pictured with the Periscope is Sian Bevan from the City of Literature Trust.