Build bridges, not walls, with StAnza

Sunday 5 February 2017

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our Collective Reading at this year's festival. At StAnza 2016, our collective reading saw around a hundred people, poets and passers by, Byre dinners and more, reading aloud different poems all at the same time, filling the Byre Theatre with poetry. Last year, we read poems written and published in solidarity with refugees. This year's collective reading will celebrate the porous borders between languages and people, and we're inviting you to join us to read poems from Centres of Cataclysm: Celebrating fifty years of Modern Poetry in Translation and from Lifesaving Poems, (both published by Bloodaxe Books). With texts which address oppression, hope and survival, we'll be remembering how poetry offers us a way of mapping the world and of building bridges, not walls, between people. We'll be inviting international guests to the festival to join us in their own languages to turn a babble of poetry into a Babel. If you can't be with us in person.

No previous experience of reading poetry is necessary, and quiet voices are as welcome as commanding ones, so please do come along to the Byre for this special event. We hope that for a few minutes, with your help, we can collectively fill the Byre with the sound of these poems.

And if you can't make it along to the Byre, you can join us virtually or even in spirit. We shall post a poem here which you can read loud with us wherever you are at 19:00 hours on Saturday 4th March. If you want to Go Live on Facebook while you do so, then do tag us in, or send us photographs later and we'll post them on our social media for the event.

Meantime, here are some photographs of last year's event.

Photo by Terry Lee

Photo by Terry Lee

Photo by Terry Lee