Events - Festival 2019

Border Crossings

Sunday 11 March, 11:30 - 12:30
The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Reading: Paula Jennings from Under A Spell Place, Frank Starik from The Lonely Funeral

This morning’s Border Crossings presents two more unusual projects, both of which use poetry to give space to lives and experiences otherwise unacknowledged. The poems in Paula Jennings’ Under a Spell Place came about through conversations with Jean, a woman living with advanced Alzheimer’s. While the sentences have been thematically arranged, all the poems are in Jean’s own words. The Lonely Funeral emerged out of a project started by poet and artist Frank Starik as a reaction to the large number of funerals held each year without family or friends present. For each funeral a poet writes a poem for the deceased person responding to research into that person’s life. Frank will be reading alongside poets who have taken part in the project.

Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, with assistance from the Royal Netherlands Embassy

Paula Jennings: Anne Jackson
Frank Starik: Keke Keukelaar
Andy Fierens: Charlie De Keersmacker


The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Location: On the north side of South Street opposite West Burn Lane

The oldest and most atmospheric venue used for StAnza events, the Undercroft of St John’s House is linked to the Knights of St John active in St Andrews in pre-...