Dundee flavours at StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival
We’ve scanned the StAnza programme for our top tips and highlights!
Peep around the corner of this week and you’ll spy that StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival is fast upon us, kicking off next Wednesday (2nd March) and running until Sunday 6th!
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Dundee, over in St Andrews, the 19th annual StAnza festival stars an international line-up of poets, artists, musicians, writers and film-makers, including some of today’s leading names from the UK and exciting newer voices. They will be joined by poets from Australia, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Georgia, Ireland and the USA who come together to deliver around 100 readings, performances and discussions, and music and film events, along with workshops and a plethora of other opportunities to get involved, from Breakfast at the Poetry Café to late night events in the café bar.
We’ve scrutinised the programme to bring you some Dundee-flavoured favourites…
Thursday 3rd March, 10am-5pm: Fancy a Poetry Treat? University of Dundee creative writing tutor Jim Stewart was one of six poets involved in creating a poem in response to craftworks, and the fruits of those cross-fertilisations – the words and the pieces that inspired them – can be enjoyed in the foyer of the Town Hall throughout the festival.
Friday 4th March, 5pm & 8pm: Dundee’s own Don Paterson reads twice – at 5pm in a special ‘verse smuggling’ event, and again at 8pm, taking centre stage with Lemn Sissay.
Saturday 5th March, 11.30am: Tracey Herd, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Dundee in 2009-11, crosses borders with poet and translator Martyn Crucefix.
Saturday 5th March, 1pm: University of Dundee Writing Practice & Study Graduate Lindsay Macgregor reads from her new pamphlet The Weepers, part of a wonderful showcase of new voices.
Dive into the full programme, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!