September Poetry Round-Up

Thursday 12 September 2019

We may still have some warm days to come but there's definitely an autumn bite in the air, so what better to do than plan some poetry events. Happily, there are plenty coming up. Here are some which might be of interest.

There are forthcoming launches of Jim Carruth's new collection, Bale Fire, on 17 and 19 September in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.

Later this month Wigtown Book Festival covers two weekends, from 27 September to 6 October. We're very happy to be partnering them this year; watch out for some some StAnza flagged events.

Anna Crowe is launching her new collection next month and reading at several events including on 16 October at a Poetry Association of Scotland event at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and then with Stewart Conn on 19 October at Platform in Ladybank.

Later in October, come and enjoy poetry for autumn at St Andrews Botanic Gardens with the Dean Poets, Patricia Ace, Anna Crowe, Vicki Feaver, Stephanie Green, Paula Jennings and Jane McKie. This is a Sunday afternoon event on 27 October from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. There will be an interval when tea, coffee and cakes will be served as part of the admission price, and books may be bought. Tickets £12 / £10 concession to Friends of the Garden and students

Than in November comes an event which, following our Arabic language events at StAnza this year, we're keen to support. A fundraiser for for the charity, Embrace the Middle East takes place on Saturday 16 November at 7.30pm at St Leonard's Church, Donaldson Gardens, St Andrews. Douglas Dunn and Anna Crowe will be reading.

And as well as all the poetry, there will also be music. St Andrews Voices, Scotland's only festival dedicated to the voice and vocal music takes place from 17 to 20 October.

Finally, if you haven't checked out The Arch, our e-book of poems by William Soutar selected by Geart Tigchelaar to match his photographs from his last visit to Scotland, you can find it online here. Soutar's words feel very appropriate yesterday, when ...

... the dingin o' his dirdrums
Rattl'd a' the house.