With the Covid lockdowns closing literary festivals around the world, Jackie Kay, the Makar, the National Poet of Scotland, was inspired to curate an online festival to offer a new way of engaging with music and poetry, while ensuring paid work for writers and performers. This series of programmes, Makar to Makar, showcased a dazzling line-up of established talent and emerging voices, and passed the baton, week to week, between poetry and song, and between three rotating resident singers (Suzanne Bonnar, Claire Brown and Katherine Philpott) and many wordsmiths.
Each episode is available through the Makar2Makar website.
We have chosen twelve poets from Makar to Makar to each donate a poem for the twelve days of Christmas.
Moving, elegiac, angry, witty, these poems capture the light shed by Makar to Makar during dark times.
Twenty-five per cent of the profits from this pamphlet will be donated to the Scottish Refugee Council.