StAnza’s lively poetry slams have become a byword for great entertainment all year round. This autumn, StAnza has teamed up with Inky Fingers, the spoken word collective from Edinburgh, to present the latest of its Risk-A-Verse nights at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews at 7.30pm on 8 October.
Risk-A-Verse is one of a series of creative events being held in Fife during October as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. It’s also a great way for poetry fans to mark National Poetry Day (6 October). Slams are fun, fast and friendly, a chance for everyone to show they have a voice in an entertaining atmosphere. Come along to cheer on the poets, or perform a poem on stage yourself. To sign up for one of the performer’s slots, just email the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are available from the Byre Theatre 01334 475000. For more about SMHAFF, visit their website: http://www.mhfestival.com/ .
Anne-Marie Fyfe at StAnza 2010 (photo by Al Buntin)
Details of the Fifth Annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize have just been announced by poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, organiser of the Coffee-House Poetry programme at the Troubadour, with a newly increased first prize of £2,500. The judges, who will read all the poems, will be Susan Wicks and David Harsent, and the competition, which is sponsored by Cegin Productions, has a deadline for submissions of Monday 17th October, 2011.
The competition is a highlight of the Coffee-House Poetry programme of readings, workshops and music, based at the Troubadour on London's Brompton Road.
The prizes are: 1st £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 & 20 prizes of £20 each Plus a Spring 2012 Coffee-House-Poetry season-ticket and a prizewinners' Coffee-House Poetry reading with Susan Wicks & David Harsent on Mon 28th Nov 2011 for all prize-winning poets, and the entry fee is £5.00
For full details, go to http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes
The poet and writer Jackie Kay was the worthy winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, for her memoir, Red Dust Road. During the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month, poetry and song featured large in the extract she read and during her chat with BBC Radio Four's Jenni Murray.
Also there to receive the prize for the poetry category was Stewart Conn, whose collection The Breakfast Room offers delicate reminders of the precious fragility of life and of what seems, at first glance, to be everyday and ordinary. This theme resonated in Kay's writing too.
We are delighted that Jackie Kay will appearing at StAnza in 2012. We'll be announcing more names early next month.
For more about the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Award winners, visit the website: http://www.scottishbookawards.com/
StAnza friends: Edinburgh International Book Festival are offering two pairs of tickets FREE to hear the poet Andrew Greig at 8.30pm, Sunday 28 August.
To enter the draw, email StAnza on email@example.com with your full name, address, email address and telephone number. The first two entries to arrive before the closing time and date, 12 noon, Sunday 28 August, will receive the tickets. Good luck!
There may be rain and a nip of autumn chill in the morning air - but the festival season is still in full swing and there is more poetry to look forward to all around the city. Here are some highlights…The School of Poets is holding its well-known Courtyard Readings outside the Scottish Poetry Library every day at 2pm (until Saturday 27th)…At the Fruitmarket Gallery on Thursday 25th, meet the Gutter Poets, who all appear in the magazine of that name. The line up includes StAnza’s own Jim Carruth, Colin Herd and Graham Fulton….Roll up to Charlotte Square on Saturday 27th to hear Robert Bringhurst and David Harsent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The Wordsworth Trust are looking for a poet to take up their much-lauded residency at Grasmere, Cumbria where Wordsworth himself lived and wrote. Previous incumbents include Owen Sheers, Helen Farish, Paul Farley, John Hartley Williams, Bill Herbert. The closing date for applications is 4pm, 2 September. Full details are available at the Wordsworth Trust website