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Edinburgh debut for StAnza

Monday 2 July 2012, 12:46

August is coming up fast and with it of course the Edinburgh festival season. StAnza was delighted to be invited to present a showcase of poets who appeared at recent festivals as an event at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, our first ever presence in Edinburgh in August. The venue is St John’s Church at the west end of Princes Street and our event takes place at 4.00pm on Monday 20th August, and will feature John Siddique from StAnza 2012 and Anna Crowe and Dawn Wood from StAnza 2011, three wonderful poets who made a big impression on audiences in St Andrews.  Tickets for the event will cost £5.00 or £3.00 concession, and are now on sale via the festival’s box office or online here.  

The online brochure for the Festival of Spirituality and Peace is also now available to browse.

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Teaching the Art of Poetry

Sunday 1 July 2012, 16:47

For anyone who’d like to fit in some study over the next month, the Poetry School Summer School programme is now available offering five one day poetry workshops in London, three in Manchester 16-22 July. They cover beginner to advanced, ideas and technique, social and creative, and tutors are Helen Ivory and John Glenday from StAnza 2012, plus Antony Dunn, Glyn Maxwell and Gwyneth Lewis. More details below and at www.poetryschool.com
 
London Summer School
 
Five Ways of Saying
Tutor: Antony Dunn
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Monday 16 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs)
Level: beginners
Explore the ways you experience the world through each of your five senses in a series of reading, writing and conversational challenges. Fun, informal and encouraging, the workshop will guide you towards the creation of some new poems, and reintroduce you to some oddly unfamiliar well-loved poems. This workshop is suitable for writers of all ages and levels of experience, and works both as a stand-alone workshop and as the perfect warm-up for the rest of the Summer School.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

One of Your Five a Day
Tutor: John Glenday
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Tuesday 17 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: beginners / intermediate
What are the basic ingredients of a healthy writing diet? This workshop will look in some detail at activities and strategies for improving creative output, the benefits of routine and ‘warm-up’ writing; but will also engage in short exercises designed to stimulate the imagination and develop initial drafts and ideas into more finished work. This workshop is aimed at beginners and intermediate writers, though its strategies are relevant for writers at all stages of their development.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

Earth, Fire, Sky, Water and Air: Five Elements (Only a few places left)
Tutor: Helen Ivory
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Wednesday 18 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: intermediate
Poets have always used the elements of the natural world to explore and express what it is to be human. This workshop will take a look at each of the five elements to see how they might lend their metaphorical qualities to enliven your poems. We will use published poems as starting points, but the focus of the day is to generate new work.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

The Pentameter Now (Waiting List Only)
Tutor: Glyn Maxwell
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Thursday 19 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: intermediate to advanced
‘While the Modernists were breaking the pentameter, Edward Thomas was quietly healing it. Discuss.’ Or rather, don’t discuss, but explore, work, play with the ideas of metre as footstep, vowels as feelings, line as breath, and the pentameter as utterance both mortal and timeless. Glyn will work with examples from poets such as Yeats, Dickinson, Hardy, Frost and MacNeice, and offers you original games, peculiar exercises and random thoughts.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 
Full Fathom Five - dreaming Shakespeare (Only a few places left)
Tutor: Gwyneth Lewis
Venue: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Date: Friday 20 July
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £63, £50 (60+), £38 (concs) 
Level: advanced
Full fathom five thy father lies; / Of his bones are coral made; / Those are pearls that were his eyes. (The Tempest, I ii). This one-day workshop explores how we can use Shakespeare’s Tempest as a starting point for contemporary writing. What can we do with the five-beat of iambic pentameter? How can we use dramatic conflict to inform the structure of a poem? What strange new worlds can we imagine after Shakespeare?
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

Manchester Summer School
 
Five Finger Exercises
Tutor: John Glenday
Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Date: Friday 20 July
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £57, £45 (60+), £34 (concs)
Level: open to all
This course will examine in detail the essential elements for writing effective poetry. Through a progressive sequence of short exercises, it will help students identify simple strategies for taking their writing from that initial draft towards finished work with genuine impact. It will focus on the various stages in the creative process including the stimulus behind a first draft ( often mistakenly called Inspiration); and an analysis of the revision process. Although this course is aimed at beginner/ intermediate level writers, it would also be suitable for serious, dedicated writers at any stage of their development.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

Making Pictures with Words
Tutor: Helen Ivory
Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Date: Saturday 21 July
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £57, £45 (60+), £34 (concs)
Level: open to all
This course looks at imagery and metaphor in poetry and will focus on creating original and startling pictures with words. We will use published poems as starting points, but the focus of the day is to generate new work and to give you the opportunity to surprise yourself with your writing. Beginners and more experienced writers are very welcome.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

 

The Pentameter Now (Only a few places left)
Tutor: Glyn Maxwell
Venue: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Date: Sunday 22 July
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £57, £45 (60+), £34 (concs)
Level: intermediate to advanced
While the Modernists were breaking the pentameter, Edward Thomas was quietly healing it. Discuss.’ Or rather, don’t discuss, but explore, work, play with the ideas of metre as footstep, vowels as feelings, line as breath, and the pentameter as utterance both mortal and timeless. Glyn will work with examples from poets such as Yeats, Dickinson, Hardy, Frost and MacNeice, and offers you original games, peculiar exercises and random thoughts.
To book:online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679

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The StAnza Digital Slam is now open for entries!

Friday 29 June 2012, 07:20

Join StAnza’s Digital Slam, starting today!

Yes, that’s right, our online slam competition is open for entries, so that poets from everywhere can join in and audiences can sample the performances and vote for the winner. If you missed out on StAnza’s famous live slam and open mic events at the festival in March, now’s your chance to get involved. We are running this event using all our social media platforms and centred on the StAnza Blog.

We are now open entries from today until  6th July.

To enter, all you have to do is supply an audio or video file of yourself performing your poem. Upload it onto YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, AudioBoo or other online platform. Then send the URL to our designated email address [....].

Your clip should be of a single poem and should last no more than 3 minutes.

Our judges will then make a shortlist and these entries will be posted on the StAnza Blog for the online audience to view and then cast their votes, using our dedicated voting link. Voting will be from midday 13th to midday 16th July. The winner will be announced on 16th July after the polls close. The winning performance will be showcased on our platforms on 20th July and we will include a second clip by the winner.

You can follow this event on Twitter via @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam

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The StAnza Digital Slam: open for entries 29th June

Friday 22 June 2012, 07:36

There's just a week to go before the entry period opens for StAnza's Digital Slam, so get your video and audio clips ready for this unique online competition. Here's a reminder of how the slam will work: 

To enter, all you have to do is record an audio/video file of your poetry performance and upload it onto YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, AudioBoo or other online platform. Then send a URL to our designated email address, which we will make available from 29th June to 6th July.  Like in live slams, there is a time limit for the performance, so your file should not last more than three minutes.

Our judges will then make a shortlist and these entries will be posted on the StAnza blog for the digital audience to view and then cast their votes, using our dedicated voting link. Voting will be from midday 13 to midday 16 July. The winner will be announced on 20 July.

Follow this event on Twitter via @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam

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World Poetry Summit

Tuesday 19 June 2012, 10:24

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.

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Jubilee Lines

Sunday 17 June 2012, 17:05

There's much to enjoy in Faber and Faber's new anthology, Jubilee Lines - 60 Poets for 60 Years, edited by Carol Ann Duffy.  Each of the last 60 years is represented by one poem and one poet, many of them very familiar names. Just four poems in, for 1956 there's Class Photograph from Douglas Dunn, looking back at "pensioners in disguise". And the roll call from StAnza 2012 just past includes Grace Nichols (1965), Christopher Reid offering "The Clearing for 1969, followed by John Burnside (1981), Robert Crawford (1984), Lachlan Mackinnon (1988), Michael Symmons Roberts (1996), Don Paterson (1997), Jackie Kay (1999) and Lavinia Greenlaw (2001).  

To accompany the book, Faber and Faber have collaborated with  Somethin’ Else and The Space to produce a groundbreaking interactive digital platform, which brings together actors’ readings, sound-based generative design and archive footage to create an exciting new way to experience poetry. At its heart are audio readings of the poems in Jubilee Lines, read evocatively by distinguished actors Dan Stevens, Samantha Bond, Lyndsey Marshal and Alex Lanipekun. Graphic designer Stefanie Posavec has produced visualisations of the audio readings using generative design techniques. Derived from characteristics such as the length of the recording and its decibel level, she has created unique artworks for each of the 60 poems.

The twenty poems that most vividly evoke our collective memory are enhanced with rich archive material, including film footage and audio uncovered in the BBC and British Movietone archives, as well as newspapers, adverts and photographs. It includes many items transferred from telecine for the first time, with material that ranges from the iconic (Michael Fish’s weather report in 1987), to the unseen (Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova preparing for her first space flight in 1963), and from the jubilant (children eagerly awaiting the end of sweet rationing in 1953) to the turbulent (miners clashing with police during the strike in 1984).

We are invited to navigate the poems by year, by poet, through archive or by theme (eg. remembrance, identity, vigilance), plotting your own path through 60 years of history, by going to their website at  www.jubileelines.com

(NB  at the time of posting this the link doesn’t seem to be working, we have let them know.)

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