A new call for poems for StAnza’s Poetry Map of Scotland

Saturday 28 November 2015

Our Poetry Map of Scotland project continues apace. We now have more than 200 poems on the map, most of them also posted on our blog, and we’re working our way through several dozen more still to be added. Things have slowed down recently because of the pressure of planning for next year’s festival, and we’ll catch up with the backlog after the festival if not before, but now we have exciting news about a new project for the map.

For StAnza 2015 we featured various of the poems submitted for the map which had an island focus as part of our Archipelago of Poetry theme. Poems or excerpts from them featured on shop windows around town, on postcards, on coffee napkins and in a digital installation, a version of which can still be seen online at An Archipelago of Poems installation at StAnza 2015.

Next year will be Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and as part of this we will have a focus on architecture at the festival, as a strand of our City Lines theme. We plan to include in this a digital installation featuring some short poems about a building or other architectural feature in Scotland. So we’re looking for poems about Scottish cottages, castles and everything in between and inviting people who would like to take part in this project to send us your short poems – published or unpublished is fine, as long as they are about Scottish buildings – and if you’ve already submitted a suitable one for the map, then email and remind us. Or we might use excerpts from longer poems.

We’ll choose a selection of the poems received to feature in a digital installation and they will also be pinned to the Poetry Map of Scotland.

Email your poems to stanza@stanzapoetry.org with “Building Poems” as the subject line, and please confirm that the poems are your own and that you give us permission to include them in the installation.