Heaven Taught Fergusson

Robert Crawford marks the 250th anniversary of the early death of Robert Fergusson at the age of 24 in an Edinburgh asylum.

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Investigating his relationship with Robert Burns with the assistance of poet Kathleen Jamie.

Including newly commissioned poems by Crawford and Jamie.

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To discuss Fergusson's education, Crawford is joined by fellow poet and St Andrews University colleague Douglas Dunn and by poet W H Herbert.

Including newly commissioned poems by Dunn and Herbert.

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Crawford is joined by Edwin Morgan and Don Paterson to discuss Crawford's significance as an urban poet, and as a poet of Edinburgh in particular.

Including newly commissioned poems by Morgan and Paterson.

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To discuss the language of Fergusson's verse, Crawford is joined by Gaelic poet Meg Bateman and John Burnside, a Scottish poet who writes almost exclusively in English.

Including newly commissioned poems by Bateman and Burnside.

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Crawford is joined by Tracey Herd and Les Murray to discuss the links between madness and creativity.

Including newly commissioned poems by Herd and Murray.