A Common Wealth of Artefacts.

Friday 14 February 2014

One of our collaborations this year with MUSA connects with our 2014 theme of A Common Wealth of Poetry. When we learned that MUSA (the Museum of the University of St Andrews) had a collection of fascinating artefacts from a range of Commonwealth countries, we set out to find poets willing to provide a short poem in response to each of these. The first to agree, and to provide a poem, was Chris Gilpin from Vancouver, Canada. The artefact to which is is responding is now on show at MUSA in St Andrews and he has provided a sound file of his poem to accompany this. You can listen to the poem at MUSA, while admiring the item to which it responds, or listen online at https://soundcloud.com/stanzapoetry/birch-basket-behind-glass-by. Other artefacts which feature in the collaboration come from Tonga, Zambia and India. Images of the artefacts and all the poems responding to them will be on show as part of A Common Wealth of Artefacts, a digital installation at StAnza in March.