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Eurovision Chat Over Coffee: Chris Semtner, Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum Written by on April 29, 2023

There’s a very Insighty way to answer the question ‘Who The Hell Is Edgar’… and that’s by inviting the Edgar Allan Poe Museum’s curator Chris Semtner to chat with Ewan Spence over coffee. Add our Eurovision RSS Feed to follow us in your favourite podcast application, or click here to follow us in iTunes and never miss an episode.

Austria’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest is proving to be a community favourite. It takes in the difficulties of making a living on streaming plays, the sexism in the music industry, the need for a celebrity ‘hook’ to get any sort of recognition in the arts… and it’s also a bop.

But what of the Edgar of the title? Yes, it results in a catchy lyric, but Poe’s life is closer to creatives in the 21st century than you might think.

Eurovision Chat Over Coffee: Chris Semtner, Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Ewan Spence sits down to talk with the curator of the Edgar Allan Poe museum Chris Semtner, about the life of Poe. What is it about Poe’s work that has survived through the centuries, why did he constantly struggle to earn money from his creative work, and what is the museum doing with a fragment of his coffin?

Find out more on Edgar Allan Poe at The Poe Museum,

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (

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