As before, there will be three sessions, the first taking place on Thursday 18th January, and two further sessions will take place on Thursdays 1st and 15th February, and as well as a move from Wednesday to Thursdays, we’re also moving from an early evening slot to an afternoon slot.
We are delighted that the trio of postgraduate students from the University’s School of English who led last year’s sessions will lead this year's three early afternoon sessions from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We’re also very grateful to MUSA, the Museum of the University of St Andrews, who are hosting the first session at MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AR. To book a free place and for information on the poems to be discussed, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or just turn up at one or more of the sessions.
(c) artwork by Rachel Hazell
As ever, thanks to our generous and welcoming hosts, our Edinburgh preview event takes place at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. This year it's on Tuesday 23 January at 6pm, and we’re very grateful to the NLS for their support. There will be short readings from three of poets on the StAnza 2018 programme, Miriam Gamble, Jay Whittaker and Andrew Blair, plus some music from the Tone Poets, who will be playing at our Poetry Market on 10 March. As well the poetry and music, there will be a round-up of some of the festival highlights. It promises to be a delightful hour of entertainment and festival information, a great way to get up to speed quickly on what will be on offer in St Andrews in March. If you’re in the Edinburgh area, be sure not to miss it. It’s a free event but please book a seat by emailing us on email@example.com, or phoning 07391 247 661.
We're sending a quick reminder this morning about our Book Week Scotland event on Saturday, and another reminder that our StAnza 2018 online programme will be launched later today. We can't say exactly when we'll be ready to press "Go" but it will be at some point today, so the countdown has begun.
But amidst all that excitement, don't forget that we have an event coming right up on Saturday, this year's StAnza event for Book Week Scotland, which will take place in Zest in St Andrews on Saturday 2nd December at 5.00pm. It's a free event, so please do come along to hear JL Williams read and join in a collective reading. Full details at this link: Poetry With Zest for Book Week Scotland.
Meantime, I hope you enjoy the rest of St Andrews Day!
Photo: James Iremonger
This year, our Book Week event coincides with St Andrews Week in town, so we're holding it a bit earlier, so people can come for the poetry and stay for the town celebrations. Ours will be a free event and unticketed, but if you'd us to note that you're coming and save you a seat, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Andrews: StAnza 2017
Meantime, a reminder about our event for Book Week Scotland coming up on 2nd December. More details about that as well shortly, but just now we want to flag up that we've bringing it forward by 90 minutes to make it a late afternoon event, starting at 5pm.
As the nights draw in, the StAnza 2018 programme continues to grow: we can’t wait to share it with you in just over one month’s time! In case you can’t wait until then for your poetry fix though, we’ve got a gem of an event for you lined up next week…
We were delighted to be asked by the University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages to be part of their Byre World event on 1 November. The Byre World events aim to bring the modern languages to a wider audience, and on so next week we’ll be celebrating multilingual, multicultural and translated poetry!
We’re extra excited because the evening is a chance to discover anew translations of two of StAnza’s international headliners from the last two years: our 2017 poet in residence Aurelia Lassaque, who writes in French and Occitan; and the German-language Nora Gomringer, whose jazz-fuelled lyrics left us reeling in 2016.
The effervescent poet and performer Harry Giles will be performing their Orcadian versions of poems by Aurelia Lassaque, as well as a number of other poets, and in doing so explores the questions raised when translating into and out of minority languages.
Meanwhile, we’ll be hearing a deconstructed translation of Nora Gomringer by our own Annie Rutherford alongside translator Rebecca DeWald, who together explore the fluidity and precarity of translation decisions.
We’ll also be hearing poetry across borders from the wonderful Christine De Luca, the former Edinburgh makar, and the Cameroon-born poet and writer Nsah Mala.
The event is free but ticketed, and will take place in the Byre’s Studio Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 1 November. Tickets are available here.