Events - Festival 2022

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Off the Page

Saturday 9 March, 10:00 - 11:10
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Studio Theatre
This event took place in 2019

Wake up and smell the Poetry Café! Our breakfast panel discussion events offer a relaxed start to the day, with a group of poets and other festival participants discussing all things poetical over coffee and pastries.

The continuing growth in popularity of spoken word (and of forms like Instapoetry) have encouraged poets and readers (and listeners) to re-imagine the relationship between poetry and the page on which it might be written. As a festival, StAnza has always existed at the intersection between written and spoken word, between poetry on the page and the stage – but also poetry on walls, windows, skin. Our second theme this year explores poetry's relationship with the medium it's written on, probing the materiality of the book, and in comparison, considering the many ways in which poetry is presented beyond the page.

Jill Abram is guest chair for this panel discussion. She will be joined by poets Laura Accerboni, Ben Norris and Will Harris, who will be appearing in events later in the day, Julia Bird of Jaybird who produced the poetry show What Days We're Having Now, and by Sara Lodge who has curated our Edward Lear music and poetry festival event.

Supported by Fisher & Donaldson and in association with A Year of Conversation. Laura Accerboni's appearance at StAnza is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. 

Jill Abram: Jo Bell
Julia Bird:
Will Harris: Etienne Gilfillan
Sara Lodge: Michael Wharley

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Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close, off South Street.

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...