This is the website and blog of Edinburgh-based poet, translator and writing tutor Ken Cockburn. The PAGE links above right give general information about my work; RECENT POSTS are listed on the left.
I’m now running Edinburgh Poetry Tours, guided walks in the city’s Old Town; click here for details, and to book.
If you would like to enquire about or book a poetry writing workshop for school pupils or for adults, please get in touch using the CONTACT page.
“Every so often I come across a book of poems that is irresistible for the absolute ‘rightness’ of its project; a book that has that unerring quality of integrity, craft and communication with the reader; a book that’s doing something slightly out of the ordinary, but wearing that difference in an unostentatious manner. This was that book for me. A delight.” Andy Brown, on The Road North
“From the outset, I find the poems, their ingredients and flavour, and your meticulous joy with words, a delight.”
Stewart Conn, on On the flyleaf
“It is refreshing to read contemporary poetry of such rare grace and compassion… a welcome contribution to the literature of our nomadic century.” Tom Hubbard, on Souvenirs and Homelands
“I must say that I loathed poetry at school. I detested it and this has been completely different. They should have done something like this in school. It would have saved me. Brilliant. I LOVED this.” (Adult workshop participant)
“Workshop was well-structured and timings were effective… all aspects of the day were excellent and a very worthwhile experience.” (Secondary school teacher)
“I think the poetry is good and short. You can understand. Not too many words.” (Primary school pupil)