Shore to Shore Tour

Saturday 21 May 2016

Photographs (c) Picador / Pan Macmillan

We're delighted to be supporting this summer's Shore to Shore summer poetry tour in which poets Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker join Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson. It's great to see so many favourite poets from past StAnza festivals brought together for this. They'll be travelling across the UK from Falmouth ending up fifteen gigs later in St Andrews for the finale event arranged by Toppings. The tour avoids the bigger cities and collaborates mostly with independent bookshops so sends out welcome messages about the spread of poetry's appeal and the importance of valuing bookshops. 

At each venue on the tour the main line-up will welcome a special guest. For the three Scottish stops on the tour, the special guests will be as follows: Liz Lochhead at St Boswells on 30th June; Vicki Feaver at Biggar on 1st July; and Robert Crawford in St Andrews on 2nd July.

As partners, StAnza are lucky to have some complimentary tickets to the Scottish events and we'll be offering these on a first-come basis via our e-newsletter. So if you are already signed up for this, watch out for a message coming soon about this. If you are not already signed up but would like to receive our e-newsletters, then it's very simple, just go to our homepage and type in your email address in the box provided.

Meantime you can get full details of all the events on the tour website, and to whet your appetite, here's a poem by Gillian Clarke.

In a Cardiff Arcade, 1952

One of those little shops too small
for the worlds they hold, where words
that sing you to sleep, stories
that stalk your dreams,
open like golden windows in a wall.
One small room leads to another,
the first bright-windowed on the street,
alluring, luminous. The other is dusk,
walled with pressed pages, old books
with leathery breath and freckled leaves.
What stays is not the book alone
but where you took it down,
how it felt in your hands,
how she wrapped it in brown paper,
how you carried it home,
how it holds wild seas
that knock the earth apart,
how words burn, freeze,
to break and heal your heart.
Gillian Clarke