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 »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2020

Wed 4 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Coast Lines »

Poems commissioned for the festival respond to coastal images

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

A' Mhachair Uaine, The Green Plain »

A digital collection of Gaelic sea poetry to mark 2020 as the Year of Coasts and Waters

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

'I Have Not Known a Grief Like This’ »

A digital installation of poetry from Modern Poetry in Translation’s issue on Extinction

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Border Crossings »

Reading: Johan Sandberg McGuinne, Gerry Cambridge

Thu 5 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Alec Finlay, Charlotte Van den Broeck

Thu 5 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Border Crossings »

Reading: Zoë Skoulding, Pauli Tapio

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Wigtown Poetry Prize Showcase »

Listen to winners and runners up from the biggest poetry competition in Scotland

Fri 6 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Border Crossings »

Reading: Miranda Pearson, Jan Baeke

Hanan Issa has sadly had to cancel due to injury, but we're delighted to welcome Miranda Pearson to read in her stead.

Fri 6 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Imprisoned Poets Reading »

Readings from the work of imprisoned poets

Fri 6 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Anna Crowe, Ida Börjel

Fri 6 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Past & Present »

Ian Crockatt on Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson and Egill Skallagrimsson; Agnes Scott Langeland on Stein Mehren

Sat 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Small Hall

Found In Translation »

Join us for the first outing of work created at our Scottish/Norwegian translation showcase

Sat 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £5.50/£4.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Jay Bernard, Yolanda Castaño

Sat 7 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Translation »

Link for Live Streaming of this event.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/livevideo/one/

This event and the other two Poetry Breakfast events at this year’s festival will be webcast. Please note these are live streaming webcasts, we are not recording the events, so you can only watch them while they are live; also you will not find anything at the link above until the events actually begin. 

Poets and translators discuss translation and familial languages

Sun 8 March | 10:00 - 11:00 | £5/£4 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Gaelic Writers Showcase »

Reading: Deborah Moffatt, Eòghan Stiùbhart, Sandy NicDhomhnaill Jones, Niall O’Gallagher

Sun 8 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Border Crossings »

Lynne Hjelmgaard, Maja Lee Langvad

Sun 8 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poetry at Sunset »

Kurdish poet Bejan Matur reading in translation with Jen Hadfield

Sun 8 March | 19:00 - 19:40 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room