World Poetry Summit

Tuesday 19 June 2012

The World Poetry Summit takes place on Tuesday 26th June at the Southbank in London, as part of their Poetry Parnassus festival.  StAnza’s Festival Director, Eleanor Livingstone is taking part in a session entitled Unlimited Possibilities: e-Poetry and Virtual Festivals, Literature in the Digital Era. That this coincides with the build-up to StAnza’s first Digital Slam via Twitter and other online media, is not so much a coincidence as an indication of how involved StAnza is with digital media nowadays. This is just the latest project which follows on our use of digital media at our spring festival in March, including a Skyped contribution from Shetland at one panel discussion, and the live streaming of four further events during the festival.

The speakers at the World Poetry event next Tuesday also include Alvin Pang from Singapore and Nikola Madzirov from Macedonia, a StAnza 2012 poet, and the event will be Chaired by Sarah Ellis, the Digital Producer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Further programme details are as follows:

Unlimited Possibilities: e-Poetry and Virtual Festivals - Literature in the Digital Era

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

12 noon – 1pm

The description for the event encourages people to: "Find out about some of the most exciting digital projects ranging from animoetry to translation collaborations and Silent Poetry Slams to virtual festivals." And Unlimited Possibilities: e-Poetry and Virtual Festivals, Literature in the Digital Era is just one event in a day-long programme at the World Poetry Summit, which also has sessions on topics such as elitism in poetry, and translation. Full details can be found online at the Poetry Parnassus website.