Writer and perfume expert Alex Musgrave delivers talk on poetry and scent

Custom-scented verse, live music and free wine

What does poetry smell like? Would a rose by any other name smell … well, let's save the rest for Alex Musgrave AKA perfume blogger the Silver Fox, as well as a poet, novelist and business manager at the Edinburgh branch of perfumery store, Penhaligon’s. For his special one-off event at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Musgrave has selected a perfume to go along with each of his favourite poems.

He's in good company, too: previous speakers at the Scottish Poetry Library's My Life in Poetry series include Janice Galloway, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, Alexander McCall Smith, AL Kennedy and Louis de Bernières. ‘Scent in a poem can really activate the reader’s emotions and memory,’ says JL Williams, programme manager at the SPL, ‘and the language of poetry is really useful when trying to conjure scent.’

Whether this inspires you to create your own poetry or your own perfume, you'll be in the right place; as well as readings and scentings, you can also explore a display of plants used in perfumery, curated by RGBE. If you were worried about neglecting your ears or your tongue, then don't: there's also live music and free wine. Something for all your senses.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Thu 30 May.

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