Actor Assaulted/Fashion Incorporates Poetry – Poetry News Roundup March 4th

We begin the week here on My Poetic Side with a look at an article about an actor who was assaulted leaving a poetry event in honour of the late poet Tom Leonard. We also have an interesting article about the fashion designer who incorporated poetry into his latest collection.

Actor Assaulted Following Poetry Event

The actor Tam Dean Burn, who is well known for his appearances in series such as Outlander, Fortitude and Taggart, was allegedly attacked in Edinburgh’s Old Town on Saturday afternoon following an event that took place at the Scottish Poetry Library, which is located near the Royal Mile.

The 60-year-old actor was leaving the venue shortly after the event, a tribute to the late Scottish poet Tom Leonard, who sadly passed away in December aged 74, when it is believed he was stabbed.  

The emergency services were called, and Burn was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He is now believed to be at home recovering. Fellow actors took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery

Police arrested a 42-year-old man in connection with the assault.

Poetry on the Catwalk

Poetry crops up in all sorts of places and for all kinds of reasons. The fashion designer Pierpaolo Piccioli has brought it to the catwalk with his latest ready-to-wear collection.

In a somewhat unusual move, the designer enlisted the assistance of for contemporary poets to help interpret the garments in his latest collection and put words on paper to describe them. The poets who were involved in the project included Greta Bellamancina, a former actress who starred in Harry Potter and the Goble of Fire before going on to become a published author and shortlisted Young Poet Laureate of London in 2014. Yrsa Daley-Ward an author and activist and Mustafa the Poet who has also co-written a number of songs with The Weeknd and Drake were involved. And, Robert Montgomery, a poet from Scotland who is also an artist and who creates public art installations on a large scale using his own written work joined them. 

The result of this collaboration is “On Love” a booklet of poems. In the booklet, the four poets describe and highlight the romantic element of the clothes and the ethos of the Roman fashion house; that of freedom of imagination. The collaboration didn’t just end with the booklet. A giant stanza from the work penned by Montgomery was featured as part of the set and words by all of the poets were incorporated into some of the actual garments that formed the collection. Some of them were embroidered onto shirts and outerwear while others were printed directly onto some of the accessories. 

The foreword for the booklet was written by Piccioli who said that he has asked the poets for their thoughts because He then went on to state that he had started this particular collection with poetry in mind because it shares so many similarities to couture.

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