Archive | July, 2010

StAnza poets at The Big Tent

30 Jul

 

There was plenty of poetry on offer at The Big Tent festival which took place at Falkland in Fife last weekend. StAnza’s own Brian Johnstone and Anna Crowe were both giving readings with a line-up of other poets, including Mandy Haggith, who took part in the StAnza slam this year, and Gerry Loose, whose exhibition of plant labels, A rose is a rose is a … at the Preservation Trust Museum and around St Andrews, continued on after the festival into June. 

 

The Foyle Young Poets competition

Tomorrow is the closing date for the Foyle competition  for young poets but if you know any talented young poets aged 11 to 17, they still have time to enter online. The competition is open to young poets from around the world, and it would be great to see some from Scotland in this year’s top 15.

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Books and prizes

28 Jul

 

StAnza poets shortlisted for poetry prizes

Heading this year’s shortlist for the Forward prize for his new book Human Chain is Seamus Heaney, a great friend of StAnza who delighted audiences at his sell-out events with us in March.  

Dennis O'Driscoll in conversation with Seamus Heaney at StAnza 2010

And our heartfelt congratulations to Andrew Philip, whose book, The Ambulance Box, has been shortlisted for the new Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry. Andrew took part last November in ‘Distant Voices’, our first ever digital festival. Click here for the full prize shortlists. And here to catch up on Distant Voices. Check our blogs, Facebook and Twitter for news of digital events to come.

Andrew Philip reads at Distant Voices, 14 November 2009

HappenStance Launch

The latest HappenStance Press publication is Gill Andrews’ The Thief, which was launched in St Andrews last Monday. Gill, who is finishing a Creative Writing MLitt at St Andrews, took part in this year’s Inklight reading at StAnza and in one of our showcases at The Open and we’re pleased to note the arrival of her first chapbook collection.

Teeing off?

23 Jul

 

Hello!  Welcome to the first post of StAnza’s brand new blog.  For those of you who haven’t come across us before, StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival takes place every March in the historic town of St Andrews, Fife.

StAnza's hub venue, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

StAnza is a celebration of live poetry in all its forms and is as renowned for its warm welcome and intimate atmosphere as for the world class poets it attracts. Few festivals can match its unique mix of over 80 events, many involving music, visual art, comedy and performance. For more background info about StAnza, look at our About section, and to sample the highlights of StAnza 2010, visit our website’s  2010 Afterword page which features photos, reviews, and podcasts. 

Angela McSeveney

A Cabaret lunchtime event at StAnza 2010 with Angela McSeveney

Our regular blogs will keep you up to date with StAnza’s activities outside the main festival – we have some fantastic events lined for later this year – and we’ll let you know what’s being planned for 2011. We’ll also pass on the latest news from the poetry world and about the poets, writers and musicians who are associated with the festival. Or if you prefer, you can follow us on Facebook where we have a page and a group, or on Twitter.

StAnza takes to the fairways

Poetry and golf proved to make a winning combination during the British Open Championship which was held in St Andrews last week, attracting over 200,000 golf fans.  With the eyes of the sporting world focused on Fife, we were delighted to be asked to stage showcase performances in the Open’s Tented Village. The line-up featured some of the poets who appeared at our festival, supported by StAnza regulars. We opened with StAnza 2010′s poet in residence, Kei Miller, whose much heralded new collection, A Light Song of Light, is now out from Carcanet.

Following Kei, we also had Kevin Cadwallander, Angela McSeveney, Anna Crowe and Eddie Gibbons. Delivering poetry at The Open was rather a surreal experience for us, but an enjoyable one – we certainly engaged with a very different audience. I don’t know if anyone managed a hole in one, but no-one got hit by a golf ball.

The Open Golf Championship, St Andrews 2010

A hole in one?

StAnza has had encounters with golf before. When Sharon Olds came to StAnza in 2004, she read a side-splitting poem about golfers, inspired by watching them play from her hotel window during her stay here. In 2003, we arranged a six month residency for Roddy Lumsden at the St Andrews Bay Golf Resort and Spa. More recently, Andrew Greig read his lovely golf poem, ‘A Long Shot’, at our 100 Poets Gathering, an event arranged to celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2007.  Long may this unique relationship between poetry and golf continue!

 

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