National Poetry Day

by St Mungo's Mirrorball

St. Mungo’s Mirrorball will be marking National Poetry Day on 4th October with an event celebrating the anniversary of two poets W. S. Graham and Guillaume Apollinaire. There will be readings from both poets by Mirrorball members. This free event will be held in the library at the Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH – 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.

William Sydney Graham was born in Greenock in 1918, the same month as Apollinaire died in Paris. He would spend most of his adult life in Cornwall and became closely associated with the artist’s colony in St. Ives. Graham’s poems explore the possibilities of language.

Guillaume Apollinaire also pushed the boundaries of what poetry can be. In Paris he befriended many avant-garde artists including Matisse, Picasso, de Chirico and Duchamp. His brief career influenced the development of such artistic movements as Futurism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism.