Poetry Breakfast at StAnza 2012 (photo credit John Starr)
Of course translation is always given a strong focus at StAnza, as part of our Border Crossing strand and elsewhere, introducing our audiences to all the wonders of poetry in other languages, and our 'Translating the Image' Poetry Breakfast on Sunday 18th March (which was webcast live), was for many a highlight of this year's festival.
One of the translated poets taking part in StAnza 2012 was the Palestinian poet and journalist, Ghayath Almadhoun, who grew up in Syria and now lives in Sweden. The International Literature Festival in Berlin is marking today’s World Book Day by appealing for a worldwide reading for freedom and democracy in Syria. StAnza isn’t aware of any public readings taking place in Scotland today, but if anyone is joining in, they are asked to contact email@example.com.