Byre World’s Poetry Pop-Up with StAnza and the Poetry Forum

Friday 27 October 2017

As the nights draw in, the StAnza 2018 programme continues to grow: we can’t wait to share it with you in just over one month’s time! In case you can’t wait until then for your poetry fix though, we’ve got a gem of an event for you lined up next week…

We were delighted to be asked by the University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages to be part of their Byre World event on 1 November. The Byre World events aim to bring the modern languages to a wider audience, and on so next week we’ll be celebrating multilingual, multicultural and translated poetry!

We’re extra excited because the evening is a chance to discover anew translations of two of StAnza’s international headliners from the last two years: our 2017 poet in residence Aurelia Lassaque, who writes in French and Occitan; and the German-language Nora Gomringer, whose jazz-fuelled lyrics left us reeling in 2016.

The effervescent poet and performer Harry Giles will be performing their Orcadian versions of poems by Aurelia Lassaque, as well as a number of other poets, and in doing so explores the questions raised when translating into and out of minority languages.

Meanwhile, we’ll be hearing a deconstructed translation of Nora Gomringer by our own Annie Rutherford alongside translator Rebecca DeWald, who together explore the fluidity and precarity of translation decisions.

We’ll also be hearing poetry across borders from the wonderful Christine De Luca, the former Edinburgh makar, and the Cameroon-born poet and writer Nsah Mala.

The event is free but ticketed, and will take place in the Byre’s Studio Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 1 November. Tickets are available here.