Prizewinning poets join forces at St Andrews

Friday 4 November 2011

StAnza is welcoming in November with a unique evening of readings and conversation with John Burnside, winner of this year’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, and Karen Solie, the acclaimed Canadian poet and the winner of the 2010 Griffin International Prize.

John Burnside's latest volume, Black Cat Bone, won this year’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, the first time this much lauded poet has won this award. His poetry was praised by the judges as having a ‘vitality of language, an undertow of complexity and an evocative dream logic.’

Karen Solie is considered to be one of Canada’s best poets, the recipient of many prizes, most recently the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for her third collection, Pigeon (2009). The judges described her poems as ‘X-rays of our delusions and mistaken perceptions, explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love and danger.’ Karen was one of the highlights of StAnza 2010 and she is back in  Fife as the inaugural holder of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust/School of English International Writers Residency.

The event  will take place at 7pm on 14 November in the elegant Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, St Andrews. Admission is free, but you would be wise to book ahead to ensure you get a place. To reserve a seat, email not later than Friday 11th November with your name and contact phone number. Doors open at 6.40pm. Reserved seats must be claimed by 6.45pm at the latest.

The event is being held in partnership with the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust and The School of English at the University of St Andrews, with support from Creative Scotland.