Paul Muldoon at StAnza 2014, photograph by Helena Fornells
If you're gloomy at the thought of waiting a whole year before StAnza comes round again, here's some cheering news about poetry events coming up over the next few months.
Toppings bookshop in Greyfriars Gardens are planning a series of monthly poetry events on the first Tuesday of the month. This is what they say about them:
"Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month, Topping Tuesdays will be relaxed evenings of poetry readings and conversation, offering the chance to explore and discuss the work of some of the best poets on the contemporary scene. Our host is Don Paterson of the University of St Andrews, one of the most dynamic and critically acclaimed British poets writing today, a winner of the Forward, Whitbread and T S Eliot Prizes. We are delighted that he’ll be bringing his warmth and expertise to a regular showcase of poets - an array to satisfy the most varied of tastes! £5 or £3 Scholar."
The first of these Topping Tuesday events takes place on Tuesday 7th April at 8pm when Annie Freud, who made a big impression at StAnza some years back, joins Don Paterson, reading from her own work and discussing her poetic craft.
Then on Tuesday 21st April at 5.15 in the Lawson Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English, The Scores, the acclaimed Mexican poet Pedro Serrano will give a talk in St Andrews on TS Eliot and Octavio Paz, drawn from his study The Making of the Modern Poet, followed by a short reading from his own work, with English translations by Anna Crowe.
He will also give a reading in Edinburgh the following day, April 22, at 6.30 pm, at the Word Power bookshop, 43 - 45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB. This will be in Spanish and English, and based on the poet's book, Peatlands (Arc Publications 2014), a bilingual edition with translations by Scottish poet Anna Crowe.
Both events are free. For more information on the Word Power reading, call Word Power Books on 0131 662 9112 and there's more about the St Andrews event at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/…/newsandeve…/thenglishseminar/
Following that comes the next event at Toppings on Tuesday 5th May when Jacob Polley will take part with screenwriter and actor Jonathan Durie.
The Toppings programme continues with Paul Muldoon on Tuesday 19th May; Michael Pedersen & Lorraine Mariner on 2nd June; and on 4th August An Introduction to HappenStance Press and J. O. Morgan.