Archive | April, 2013

StAnza Slam winner to represent Scotland at World Championships

26 Apr

Carly performing at the StAnza Slam in March/Photo Chris Scott

StAnza Slam winner, Carly Brown, is to represent Scotland at the World Championship Slam in Paris, 3-9 June. As a result of her triumph at the festival in March, Carly took part in the Scottish slam Championships in Edinburgh in April  – and won. A student at the University of St Andrews, Carly is a committee member on StAnza as well as being active on the St Andrews student poetry and literature scene. But she is a relative newcomer to the art of slamming so her continued success has been exciting to watch.

Carly, who hails from Texas originally, says:  ‘I was completely shocked and very proud to have my writing recognized in this way. I’m definitely still a newcomer to slam and I’m looking forward to watching some wonderful poets perform in Paris. I’m facing off in my first round against some from Russia, Portugal and Romania!  I’m going to do my best to represent Scotland (a country that I really love) but for me it’s just about the experience and everybody coming together to celebrate poetry.’

Good luck Carly. We’ll be rooting for you!

Read more about Carly’s experience in this interview in the Stand 

And you can check out Carly’s performance at the recent Scottish championships below:

See ‘Farlin’ at the Town Hall, St Andrews – until 27 April

11 Apr


One of the highlights at this year’s StAnza was the fabulous exhibition, ‘Farlin’, at the Town Hall, Queens Gardens, St Andrews. The show is still running ­- until 27 April – so you can catch up with it or pay another visit.


The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between 16 poets and makers in Fife and Shetland and the works on show, ranging from texts to textiles to jewellery are stunning. Farlin is the word for a container used by herring gutters, and the themes which inspired poets and artists included the impact of fishing on the Shetland and Fife communities and relationships with the natural world and Scottish history. Words and objects combine to make objects that are thoughtful and beautiful.


Stephanie Green, our Festival Blogger, gave her response here when she visited Farlin during StAnza. It also caught the eye of Rio, the online crafts magazine and was reviewed enthusiastically by the Tribe

Find out more about the exhibition on the Fife Contemporary Arts & Craft website here

The project is a collaboration between Fife Contemporary Art & Craft and Shetland Arts in partnership with StAnza Poetry Festival 2013 .

 Photographs by Chris Scott

Poem in Your Pocket Day: 18 April

5 Apr

April 18th has been declared Poem in Your Pocket Day – it’s an idea that started in the US as part of their national Poetry Month and now it has been adopted in the UK.


All you have to do is choose your favourite poem and carry it around on that day. Read it, share it with someone. There are lots of interesting ways you can pass your poem on – from notes to matchboxes to portable pockets. Take a look at the UK campaign’s Facebook page and the American Academy of Poets website here for some inspiration and share your own contributions.

StAnza of course has a happy history of exhibiting ways to carry poems around, from cakes and biscuits to coasters and fruit – and the lovely pocket-sized Poems for All booklets. See below.

Idleness & doilie (photocredit StAnza-Stephanie Green)

Photo by Stephanie Green

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