Write a poem for free coffee at restaurant

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A CITY restaurant is to take part in an international “pay with a poem” event to mark World Poetry Day.

Dine with Stuart Muir, in the Traverse Theatre, is to allow customers to pay for their coffee by writing a poem for Monday only.

The event, which is taking place in 34 countries and is sponsored by Austrian coffee firm Julius Meinl, is set to see more than 100,000 people pen a poem in return for a free beverage.

A spokesman for Julius Meinl said: “For one day, we’re changing the currency in coffee houses around the globe. And Julius Meinl coffees or teas will be paid with your poems.”

Poet and conceptual artist Robert Montgomery, who is the company’s Global Ambassador, is to turn poems written by members of the public into public art at a venue in London.

“I love how Pay With A Poem provides a little pocket of freedom, where money is replaced by poetry,” he said. “Instead of using a banknote or a credit card people can transfer value to poetry, and use it as an alternative form of payment.”

Dine is the only restaurant taking part in Scotland.