It’s sad to see that the larger-than-life Russian poet, Andrei Voznesensky, has died. He visited the old library in 1998, looking and sounding every inch the great public face of Russian poetry, with his striking checked jacket, expansive gestures and rich accent. I was overawed, and remember being thrilled when, as I demonstrated our INSPIRE catalogue for him he patted me on the shoulder and said we knew more about his poetry than he did. This was a man who had, like Yevtushenko, read to packed stadiums in the heady days of the 60s, and who had had a minor planet named after him!

He was in town for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, appearing with Edwin Morgan, who read from his translations of the Russian.

What a combination – from Glasgow to Saturn to Planet Voznesensky.

Andrei Voznesensky, May 12, 1933 – June 1, 2010

~ Lizzie