I’ve heard from my friend and fellow poet Ayad Alhaiatly that the Home Office has granted him indefinite leave to remain in the UK with his family. He’s been living in Glasgow for some years now, seeking asylum, but with the threat of imminent or eventual deportation hanging over his head, and it’s a huge relief that it has finally turned out well. He has made lots of friends in Scotland, and the poetry community in particular has taken him into their hearts. I’ve heard him read his poetry on several occasions, in English and in Arabic, and it has always been an unforgettable experience. The musicality, power and grace of his poetry comes across, even if the language is unfamiliar. He’s an asset to Scotland, and so is his family. I wish them a long and happy future among us.
- The back cover June 3, 2017
- Stepping down April 29, 2017
- Past and Present March 7, 2017
- Ian Hamilton Finlay, Little Sparta and other matters February 18, 2017
- An Epiphany January 29, 2017