Ciaran Carson is one of the poets to appear at StAnza 2011
We are celebrating National Poetry Day by announcing our line-up of poets for the 2011 festival. Yes, we are working that far ahead! Here are just some of the poets you can look forward to hearing next March. The full list is available on our website today and we will keep you up to date on the programme over the next couple of months: there are still surprises in store.
Ciaran Carson: the acclaimed poet from Northern Ireland has published nine collections, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2003. He is Director of the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at the Queen’s University, Belfast.
Julia Donaldson: the hugely popular children’s author and poet, of ‘Gruffalo ‘ fame, who will be heading up the festival’s Children’s Programme.
Douglas Dunn: Scotland’s most eminent poet, he was awarded an OBE in 2003 and has been tipped as a possible successor to Edwin Morgan as Scotland’s Makar.
Paul Farley: the poet, playwright and broadcaster was one of the Poetry Society’s Next Generation Poets. His most recent poetry books are the collection, Tramp in Flames (2006) and The Atlantic Tunnel: Selected Works (2010). Field Recordings: BBC Poems 1998-2008 (2009), which encompasses his broadcast poetry was shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
Selima Hill: one of Britain’s most imaginative poets, whimsical and disturbing, she tackles difficult subjects with a unique range of imagery. She has won many awards and been shortlisted for all three major poetry prizes in the UK.
Yang Lian: Brought up in Bejiing, and now living in London, Yang has published ten collections and his work translated into 20 languages. He is best known for his poetry sequences and long poems which are related to Classical Chinese poetry.
Fiona Sampson: a prolific editor and translator, whose interests include the relationship between poetry and health care, her latest collection, Rough Music (2010) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection). She is editor of the Poetry Review.
Other names on the list include Italy’s Antonella Anedda, Iraqi poet, Adnan Al Sayegh, Belgium’s sound and visual poetry group Krikri, and poets from the USA, Georgia and Australia. Scotland’s voices include John Burnside, Stewart Conn, Helena Nelson, Rab Wilson, Hugh McMillan and Tom Pow.