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.
St Andrews in the mist...
As part of the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme, six composers have already collaborated with researchers in ITIA and Sir James MacMillan to produce new musical settings of Scriptural texts. On the eve of StAnza’s 2018 festival, there will be the launch concert of the CD recording ‘Annunciations’ which includes these six new works for choir.
We are now inviting poets to apply for the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme. The six poets selected will spend Tuesday 6th March in St Andrews in sessions including creative workshops, with ITIA researchers, the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, and the composer Sir James MacMillan. On Sunday 11th March, each poet will have the chance to present their draft poem at a StAnza event. The poets will each give permission for the final version of their poem to be included in a book produced by ITIA.
Poets on the scheme will be teamed up with an ITIA theologian partner, who will provide a package of resources on the Scriptural passage allocated to them prior to the Tuesday workshop, follow up on the poet’s own interests in person and/or via skype, and provide a creative sounding board during the scheme.
Poets interested in taking part in this innovative project should email email@example.com by 31st October with a brief 80 word CV, a sample poem, and a short statement of how you think taking part in this project could help you develop as a poet (250 words).
We look forward to hearing from any poets who might be interested in being involved in this project.