Events - Festival 2020

Authoritative Commentaries

Thursday 7 March, 10:00 - Sunday 10 March, 22:00
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Level 2 Foyer

An exhibition of poetry by young people at Madras College

As part of StAnza’s work in schools for 2019, the poet Ken Cockburn is working on poetry projects with young people in local schools. In the first of these, he introduced them to the poem ‘Journey to Krakow’ by Zbigniew Herbert, translated by Czesław Miłosz and Peter Dale Scott. Written in the 1950s, the poem describes a scene on a train in which ‘a boy / with a book on his knees’ responds to a stranger’s interest in his reading with pithy comments on books he’s read, expressing both ‘rapture and condemnation’. Ken encouraged reflections on personal reading (extending to films and music), written as short verses as in Herbert’s poem. Some responses are presented here as bookmarks.

Participants: Ken Cockburn
Ken Cockburn: Umar Timol


Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close, off South Street.

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...