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


the promenade

is yellow brick

home lights

glow like

an artist’s


down to portobello

where my thoughts

grow, promenade

and become as big

as the ocean"

The film Portobello is ©Alastair Cook 2010

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