Events - Festival 2021

Poetry Centre Stage

Saturday 13 March, 16:00 - 17:00
StAnza Online

Reading: Maria Stepanova with translator Sasha Dugdale, Aileen Ballantyne

From 1 April the StAnza 2021 festival content on this page is no longer available. 

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. Aileen's reading will be accompanied by music by composer Max Gibson. 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.

Just return to this webpage to view the event, which will be captioned and remain available to watch until 31 March.

Books by festival poets are available here, with profits going to St Andrews bookshop J & G Innes.

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

Maria Stepanova: Andrey Natotsinsky

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