Poetry in Translation

Photo: Al Buntin

Poets from numerous non-Anglophone countries have appeared at StAnza over the years – from Tunisia to Finland, from Mexico to Greece – often supported by national embassies or institutes. For 2010 we introduced a new strand of readings, Border Crossings, where poets from different countries writing in different languages share a platform. Readings are in the poets’ native tongues and English translation. StAnza is also dedicated to presenting the historical languages of Scotland, Gaelic and Scots, both of which feature every year in various events.

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

A sneak peek at some of the highlights of StAnza 2018

Wed 7 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Mapping the World in Poetry »

A poetic map of the world launched to celebrate our twentieth year and twenty first festival

Thu 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Migraasje »

One Frisian poem in multiple versions of Scots and Shetlandic from the Migraasje Frisian/Scots translation project

Thu 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Plume: poetry in motion »

Dutch digital poetry questions the finality of text

Thu 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Game of Poems »

Poems responding to the cult books and TV series

Thu 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Border Crossings »

Reading: Thomas Möhlmann, Will Harris

Thu 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Border Crossings »

Reading: Martin MacIntyre, Owen Lowery

Thu 8 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Rachael Boast, Daljit Nagra

Fri 9 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Friday evening
20:00 Reading – Pippa Little
21:00 Reading – Mark Ford

Fri 9 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

A Double-Voiced Bird »

A collaboration workshop and performance

Sat 10 March | 11:00 - 13:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Upstairs Foyer

Border Crossings »

Reading: Cai Tianxin, Katie Hale

Sat 10 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

A Double-Voiced Bird in Performance »

A performance emerging from our collaborative poetry workshop

Sat 10 March | 13:00 - 13:10 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Round Table In Conversation »

Enjoy this one-off event with poet John Glenday

Sat 10 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | £6.50/£4.50 | The Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Tara Bergin, Tsead Bruinja

Sat 10 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Translation »

Poets and translators discuss the pleasure, potential and problems of translation

Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 11:00 | £4.75/£3.75 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Translation Showcase »

Listen to new poetry in different languages as part of this year's language focus Going Dutch

Sun 11 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Meet the Artist »

A chance to meet Johann Reißer, the writer and director who created Catastrophe/Forms: WW1 in 9 Pictures

Sun 11 March | 14:15 - 15:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room