Leonard Cohen’s writing career began long before he picked up the guitar. After successfully publishing his first collection of poetry, The Spice-Box, in 1961, Cohen was under the impression that he had made a breakthrough in the Canadian literary scene. However, the mixed reviews he received pushed Cohen to relinquish his literary ambitions in favour of song writing. Join university staff members and Prof Silvia Albertazzi (University of Bologna) – author of the first and only critical monograph on Cohen’s entire literary production – on a journey to discover Cohen’s beautiful writings accompanied by his most famous music.
About Byre World
The School of Modern Languages at University of St Andrews, in collaboration with the Byre Theatre, offers an exciting programme of events drawn from literature, film and cultures across the world. Byre World showcases some of the research being carried out by the School of Modern Languages and brings together artists, filmmakers, writers and academics. Everyone is welcome at these events.