The original Pedlar
That was the question on everyone’s lips at StAnza’s Dundee Preview last week which took place at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Duncan of Jordanstone’s Tracy MacKenna, who with Edwin Janssen is creating the Pedlar project, introduced the concept to an eager audience. The Pedlar is a character inspired by the eighteenth century street seller of ballads and poems. He will be out and about on the streets of St Andrews during StAnza 2012 distributing posters that combine poetry with visual images. Roaming the town, the Pedlar will create encounters with StAnza’s audience and participants, shopkeepers and St Andrews residents, by calling and reading out poems. The Pedlar’s activities will be accessible online, updated daily in image and text.
Festival director Eleanor Livingstone outlined the festival’s programmes and themes, and Dundee based Andy Jackson led readings from his new anthology Split Screen, poems inspired by cult TV and film programmes, which will be launched at the festival. If your early youth was misspent in front of the goggle box or in the local cinema, this is the book for you.