Events - Festival 2018

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: The Self

Saturday 10 March, 10:00 - 11:10
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Studio Theatre
or call the Byre Theatre Box Office on 01334 475000

Interrogating the "I" in poetry with Sara Hirsch, Jan Baeke, Esther Mijers and Luke Pell

Wake up and smell the Poetry Café! Our breakfast panel discussion events offer a relaxed start to the day, with a group of poets and other festival participants discussing all things poetical over coffee and pastries. For this year’s theme of The Self we’ll be interrogating the (missing) “I” in poetry. Taking as our starting point questions of identity, persona and narrator, we want to know what happens when a poet inhabits another person’s words. We’ll also touch on the identity politics and poetics of the contemporary spoken word scene with which Sara Hirsch is familiar. Like Sara, choreographer Luke Pell, whose recent projects combine dance and poetry, works within a genre in which the artist as a performer very much embodies the artwork. Meanwhile, Jan Baeke, programmer for the Poetry International festival in Rotterdam, will explain the focus of "Ik" or "I", Poetry International's theme for 2017, and the ways in which this was developed. Esther Mijers specialises in the historic relationship between Scotland and the Low Countries.

Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, with assistance from the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Fisher & Donaldson and The List

Breakfast events include tea, coffee and pastries in the ticket price. Please let us know in advance of any relevant dietary requirements, quoting your ticket number, and we shall do our best to offer you a suitable alternative.

Jan Baeke: Keke Keukelaar
Sara Hirsch: Perry Jonsson
Luke Pell: Brian Hartley


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

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 &...