The poem Portobello is written and read by poet and short story writer Morgan Downie and is a dark drag, a rake through the ghost of Edinburgh’s seaside.

Portobello was shown at the McEwan Hall, Edinburgh, as part of This Collection on the 25th and 26th March 2010.

“down to portobello past the sewage outflows flotsam of condom, tampon, nappies curled as nautili to bathe where the waves flop slatternly at shore my soiled skin no offence to these muddied waters

yet here my hands are full of moons stars drift across my fingers and my breath is nebulous on the mercury waters the promenade is yellow brick home lights glow like an artist’s palette

down to portobello where my thoughts grow, promenade and become as big as the ocean”