Archive | July, 2013

HappenStance’s Helena Nelson: Sign up for her StAnza’s workshop at Edinburgh’s Just Festival

23 Jul

stanza-bannerThe Edinburgh festival season is upon us, and StAnza has been invited once again to present an event at the Just Festival, formerly the Festival of Spirituality and Peace.

This year we are arranging a workshop, which will be led by Helena Nelson, the acclaimed poet, editor and publisher of HappenStance Press. Her theme will be ‘Getting Poems Published (how to increase the chances of success with magazine editors and publishers)’. A must for poets and would be poets, this is a great chance to analyze where you are now, where you want to be, and how best to get there.

The venue is the Quaker Meeting Room, 7 Victoria Terrace and the event is on 8th August, 3-5pm. Booking details at the Just Festival’s website here.

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StAnza’s 2013 Digital Slam now open for entries

19 Jul

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[UPDATE:  ENTRIES FOR THIS YEAR’S DIGITAL SLAM HAVE NOW CLOSED. WE’LL POST THE SHORTLIST HERE NEXT FRIDAY]

At last, the wait is over . . . and our 2013 Digital Slam is now open for entries!

What you’ll need to enter is a new or recent video or audio performance of one of your poems or spoken word pieces which you have uploaded onto YouTube, Vimeo, PodOmatic, SoundCloud or other online platform (please note: this has to be a platform which generates code for embedded media players).

Once you’ve picked out the poem/performance you want to submit, grab the URL and send it to: […]

If you could also let us know where you live (town/city), that’d be great, and if you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to include your Twitter name so we can find you on there.

SOME BRIEF GUIDELINES:

One poem/performance per person.

Your poem/performance should last no more than 3 minutes, and should have been recorded within the last 18 months.

Material submitted for last year’s Digital Slam cannot be submitted again.

We’ll be open for entries until 12 noon (BST) Friday 26 July. Entries sent later than 12 noon next Friday will not go through for shortlisting.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

After submissions close, our panel of judges will pick a shortlist, and this will go up on our blog on Friday 2 August (all the shortlisted entries will be embedded into the blog page, hence we’ll need those embed codes).

Voting will begin once the shortlist is published, and will close at 5pm (BST) on Sunday 11 August.

We’ll announce the winner soon after that. Later in the month we’ll publish a blog about the winner, featuring their winning performance, plus another audio/video clip of their choice.

And that’s it.

And as always, follow us on Twitter – @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam – and/or like our Facebook page for more news and updates.

Celebrate the poetry of Seamus Heaney ‘On Home Ground’

18 Jul
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Seamus Heaney in conversation with the late Dennis O’Driscoll at StAnza 2010

Like Scotland, Ireland is famous for its literary festivals, usually centred on areas associated with writers. This one is really rather special: a celebration of poetry and place in the territory of one of the world’s most prominent poets: Seamus Heaney.

‘On Home Ground’ is a new festival, taking place over a long weekend in Magherafelt,  in the South Derry of Heaney’s poetry. The Festival, unique in returning the local Nobel Laureate to his home ground, is one of the highlights of the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 events programme.

Seamus Heaney, as Patron, will open the festival with an address entitled Important Places: A Reading with Commentary on Friday 20 September 2013. During the weekend there will be talks and readings about local places and the chance to take a guided tour of the places Heaney talks about or there will be ample time to explore them yourselves.

Other poetic gems include a reading by award-winning poet Michael Longley and novelist and short story writer Bernard MacLaverty, both of whom are favourites at StAnza. And among the other events are readings by Colette Bryce, Nick Laird and Sinead Morrissey. During the course of the weekend there will an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michael McGuinness, one of the finest Irish artists of his generation. The National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, will close the Festival on Sunday 22 September.

Nine of the 10 Festival events will be held in the grounds of Laurel Villa Guesthouse in Magherafelt, a designated UK Poetry Society Landmark, which hosts regular poetry readings through the year.

On Home Ground Poetry Festival is part-funded by Culture Company 2013.

The full Festival program including box office information is available at http://www.laurel-villa.com

StAnza’s 2013 Digital Slam: How-to-enter, and other things

12 Jul

As we announced last week, our 2013 Digital Slam is coming very soon, and so here’s a quick summary of what-to-do, and when-it-all-happens:

We’ll be releasing an email address on Friday 19 July to which you can send the URL of a new or recent (i.e. recorded within the last 18 months) video or audio performance of one of your poems or spoken word pieces which you have uploaded onto YouTube, Vimeo, PodOmatic, SoundCloud or other online platform (please note: this has to be a platform which generates code for embedded media players).

One poem/performance per person, and this has to last no more than 3 minutes. Alas, material submitted for last year’s Digital Slam cannot be submitted again.

We’ll be open for entries from 12 noon (BST) Friday 19 July till 12 noon (BST) Friday 26 July.

Our panel of judges will then pick a shortlist, and this will go up on our blog on Friday 2 August (all the shortlisted entries will be embedded into the blog page, hence we’ll need those embed codes).

Voting will begin once the shortlist is published, and will close at 5pm (BST) on Sunday 11 August.

We’ll announce the winner soon after that, and later in the month we’ll publish a blog about the winner, featuring their winning performance, plus another audio/video clip of their choice.

So there you go. Happy writing, performing, and recording. We’ll see you all here next Friday . . .

And of course, as always, please do follow us on Twitter – @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam – and/or like our Facebook page for more news and updates.

Announcing StAnza’s 2013 Digital Slam

5 Jul
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Kevin P. Gilday

If you enjoyed inaugural our Digital Slam last summer (or if you missed it, and are wondering what this is all about), well, we’ve got some great news for you …

Yep, over the next month or so, we’re going to be hosting our second Digital Slam!

The format is quite simple:

Entry is via a new or recent video or audio performances of one of your poems or spoken word pieces on a platform such as YouTube, Vimeo, PodOmatic, or SoundCloud (please note: it has to be a platform which generates code for embedded media players).

We’ll announce an email address next week to which you can send the URL for this performance. Our panel of judges will select a shortlist, these will go up on our blog and then, once everyone has had a chance to have a look at the entries, we open it up for voting.

We’ll be posting the full details for how-to-enter-etc on this blog next Friday. Meanwhile, you can take a look at last year’s shortlist here, and also read our profile of last year’s winner, Kevin P. Gilday.

Follow us on Twitter – @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam – for more news and updates. We’ll also be posting links and other info on our Facebook page.

Relive StAnza 2013 – in words and pictures

1 Jul
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Luke Wright/Chris Scott

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St Leonards Folk Group/Chris Scott

Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone sums up perfectly the unique experience of StAnza ’13 in her Afterword just published on our website: ‘even the weather didn’t spoil the enjoyment.’ Add to that, she says, Gillian Clarke’s lecture on the day that Wales played Scotland, a dash of tartan noir from Robin Robertson’s ‘sepulchral’ toned reading, the pairing of Mark Doty and Erin Moure, 70 poets, plus musicians, artists and filmmakers…and you have the best festival ever.

Yes we had venues to rearrange, and it rained and it snowed, but as the photo coverage of our Afterword page shows, the festival was busier than ever, and more poetry was found out and about in St Andrews than ever before.

Stitched & Spoken ‘poetry dresses’/Anja Hertenberger

Yes, our Afterword page has just gone live with a gallery of photographs taken at the events, the venues and around town. It  is the work of our wonderful team of volunteer photographers who all gave their time, talent and boundless energy to covering the 100 plus events that made up this year’s festival.

In the festival hub

In the festival hub/Jiye Lee

Check out who was at the festival, get a sense of the atmosphere and if you weren’t there – now you know what you missed!

Reviews and Interviews section: Catch up on the reviews and interviews by clicking on the links in our page, which features interviews (courtesy of SPL and Culture Laser) with poets such as George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, Erín Moure and Alvin Pang.

Jacob Sam-La Rose/Al Buntin

Jacob Sam-La Rose/Al Buntin

Meantime StAnza lives on around town

Some of the exhibitions and installations from StAnza 2013 in March have been extended into and over the summer. Dualism, Chris Park’s quirky photographs of poets, will be on show at Fairmont St Andrews, just outside town, until September. And in town you can see some of our poetry texts on windows at St Andrews Wine Company on Bell Street, Cherries on South Street, and at the Bus Station.

Next year’s StAnza takes place 5-9 March at St Andrews

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