Lessons from the School of Night
I generally find that language will just open up again every time you hit a wall.
— Eric Langley
Sean Robinson met with Eric Langley at the Topping bookshop, before Eric’s appearance at the School of Night, where he read from his first book of poetry, Raking Light. They discussed Eric’s childhood holidays with J.H. Prynne, the influence of the Elizabethans on his work, and the role of the words themselves in the process of composition. Eric also read his poem ‘Puncture’ (at 26m50s).
Music: Luvva by Heman Sheman.
Sean Robinson is a poet and writer from London, currently living in Leith. He is studying for an MFA under Don Paterson at the University of St. Andrews. Before turning to poetry, he studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford, then worked with the civil service. He hosts and produces the podcast Lessons from the School of Night.
Lessons from the School of Night are an irregular series of video or audio interviews and tips from poets and writers who visit St Andrews.
The School of Night – inspired by the group which included Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh – is Topping & Company Booksellers’ Year-Round Poetry Festival in St Andrews. Curated with the help of Don Paterson and playing host to poets as varied as Paul Muldoon and Lorraine Mariner, Simon Armitage and Annie Freud, it is anchored to a regular fixture on the last Tuesday of the month. The School of Night offers the chance to explore and discuss the work of some of the best poets on the contemporary scene. For more details on these and other events, please visit the Topping & Company website.