Events - Festival 2021

Poetry Centre Stage

Saturday 13 March, 16:00 - 17:00
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Reading: Maria Stepanova with translator Sasha Dugdale, Aileen Ballantyne

Be ready to be given flight in this Poetry Centre Stage reading. Taking to the virtual stage first is Aileen Ballantyne, a well-kent face in Scottish poetry, whose writing has won a number of major awards. Her debut collection, Taking Flight, reflects upon flight in all its aspects and offers a moving exploration of grief. Up next is Russian poet Maria Stepanova, reading alongside her translator Sasha Dugdale. Her work – experimental, lively and deeply pleasurable – has won a number of awards in Russia and internationally, and 2021 looks set to cement her reputation in the UK, with a poetry collection and a documentary novel appearing with Bloodaxe Books and Fitzcarraldo respectively.

Venue for online: This web page – free

*TBC* We hope this event can, additionally, also be live streamed to the Byre Theatre for a small socially distanced audience, if this is permitted in March.  Please read our position on Covid-19 safety and compliance.

Venue for Byre live stream: The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium – free/ticketed

Supported by the School of English at the University of St Andrews

Maria Stepanova: Andrey Natotsinsky

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