William Letford

William Letford has long been involved with the Highlight literature team visiting Lebanon and Iraq in recent years, working and translating local poets work. William took part in Reel Festivals 2011 & Reel Iraq 2013.

Letford has received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary, and was named as one of Canongate Book’s ‘Future 40.’ His debut collection Bevel was published by Carcanet in 2012.

A chapbook of his poems And then there was skin, was translated into Slovakian and published by Vertigo, in 2014.

Thurs Hunnurs a burds oan the Roofs

Here huw chouf wouf wee robin rid tit peejin breesty lovey dovey

ruffle yur feathers show me yur plume look it that Frank nut a look

nut a nut plod on then mouldy breed heed woop woop look it that

fingle foogle boogaloo that’s no even a crow that’s a dinosaur

thur’ll be teeth in that beak that’s fur sure ohh beady eye beady eye

get behind the gable she’s fae the social wit a life Frank wit a life

feedin oan scraps huntin fur crumbs bit listen tae this listen tae this

we’re no dodos we kin fly forget aboot the fields Frank look it the sky.


 Enjoy more of William Letford’s work  via The Scottish Poetry Library.