Poets invited to apply for TheoArtistry Project

Wednesday 11 October 2017

St Andrews in the mist...

St Andrews in the mist...

We're delighted to be collaborating with The Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at St Mary's College at St Andrews University on a project for next year, with Michael Symmons Roberts as mentor, and we're inviting poets who would like a chance to be included in this to contact us now.

As part of the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme, six composers have already collaborated with researchers in ITIA and Sir James MacMillan to produce new musical settings of Scriptural texts. On the eve of StAnza’s 2018 festival, there will be the launch concert of the CD recording ‘Annunciations’ which includes these six new works for choir.

We are now inviting poets to apply for the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme. The six poets selected will spend Tuesday 6th March in St Andrews in sessions including creative workshops, with ITIA researchers, the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, and the composer Sir James MacMillan. On Sunday 11th March, each poet will have the chance to present their draft poem at a StAnza event. The poets will each give permission for the final version of their poem to be included in a book produced by ITIA.

Poets on the scheme will be teamed up with an ITIA theologian partner, who will provide a package of resources on the Scriptural passage allocated to them prior to the Tuesday workshop, follow up on the poet’s own interests in person and/or via skype, and provide a creative sounding board during the scheme.

Poets interested in taking part in this innovative project should email director@stanzapoetry.org by 31st October with a brief 80 word CV, a sample poem, and a short statement of how you think taking part in this project could help you develop as a poet (250 words).

We look forward to hearing from any poets who might be interested in being involved in this project.