Events - Festival 2018

Lines of Ascent

Tuesday 28 February, 10:30 - 15:30
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

An all-day workshop with Helen Mort

In the very first event of the 2017 festival, Helen Mort will be leading an all-day workshop, exploring one of this year’s themes, The Heights of Poetry. Mort’s first collection Division Street was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Costa Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her acclaimed second collection No Map Could Show Them (Chatto & Windus, 2016) was inspired by her experiences as a rock climber and by stories of mountaineering women. Her poems give voice to the often forgotten history of women climbers and in doing so explore both the symbolic importance and the cultural history of our ongoing quest to conquer the heights. In this workshop, we'll consider mountains as metaphors, imaginary summits and how a poem can achieve a new perspective, informed by close readings of work by Andrew Greig and others. We'll also take some of our lines for a walk! This workshop is open to everyone, whether or not you have an interest in the great outdoors.

Tea and coffee will be available. Please bring your own snack lunch. After booking, please email for directions to the venue, which is in a private house in St Andrews.

Supported by EventScotland and part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Participants: Helen Mort


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

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 &...