Creativity challenge, with feedback from Juana Adcock

Monday 6 July 2020

Our workshop with Polly Atkin has proved very popular, we had 10 emails within a couple of hours of sending out the newsletter, however the good news is that we plan to arrange a further workshop this month, so more news on that soon.

Meantime, along with partners we're offering the opportunity for up to 20 people to have a new poem critiqued by the acclaimed poet Juana Adcock, whose current collection was a PBS choice in 2019. Our collaboration with St Andrews Museums has a poetry focus for July and Juana will give feedback on the first 20 poems submitted which are written in response to this month's prompt. You can get full information online at this link: Please be sure to read the guidelines.

You will see that you are invited to write a poem responding to the lithograph of a polar bear by the Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Fridtjof Nansen. You can read more about him at this link:

Once you've written your poem, send it to us at by Monday 13 July at the latest. We will send the first 20 received to Juana Adcock who has agreed to read them and offer feedback.

If you'd value some suggestions on how to write a good poem by some of this year's poets at StAnza, we've asked several to share their top tips, and you can hear what John Glenday had to say here, and what Shehzar Doja had to say here.

We will share information on our second summer workshop shortly. Meantime, while we work on our gallery of festival photographs, we've shared photographs from Carolyn Forché's reading with a link to an audio recording of her reading, offering a chance to re-live some moments from that wonderful event. You can see and hear this on our recent blog post.