Archive | April, 2014

Fife Writes

25 Apr

More news for Fife based writers.

The second in the new series of ‘Fife Writes’ events will take place on Thursday 15 May 2014 in Betty Nicols pub in Kirkcaldy High Street, starting at 7.45 pm and lasting until about 9.45 pm. The theme will be Music, Verse, Stories and Open Mic. Doors will open at 7.00 pm and all Fife writers are cordially invited.

This event will showcase Fife writers and performers. There be invited writers and performers, and participation from the audience will also be offered to those who wish to showcase their own writing or performance. Anyone wishing to apply for a five to seven minutes slot should let them know by 14 May, and they will do their best to accommodate everyone.

The Event is free of charge on the basis that people buy a drink from the bar but as places are limited to 40, please email to book a place.

Contact details are as follows:

George Sinclair
Organising Team
Fife Writes – part of Create in Fife


News Round Up

22 Apr

With Easter behind us, and the weather turning grey again, here is a round up of recent news about events which might be of interest and bring some cheer.

Gerda Stevenson play at the Traverse

Gerda Stevenson, poet, playwright and actor who read at StAnza this year has a play on this week at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as part of their “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” series.

“Skeleton Wumman” is a contemporary drama touching upon the themes of disability, traditional folklore and climate change. Stevenson draws on traditional creation myths, sea legends and characters from folklore.

The play runs from today, 22nd April, until Saturday at 1.00pm daily with an additional show on Friday at 7pm. Tickets are £12 and you can get more information online at

The Power of Collaboration

If you are a Fife based writer or artist interested in exploring the rewards and challenges of collaboration, join poet Ken Cockburn and artist Brigid Collins as they talk about the role that collaboration plays in their own practice and in their work in other settings. Connect with fellow writers and artists who are interested in collaborating.

The event takes place on Thursday 8 May 2014, 5 – 8pm (refreshments available from 4.45pm) in the Activity Room, Kirkcaldy Galleries, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy KY1 1YG

The event is free but places must be booked. Booking forms available from Philippa Johnston email tel 01337 842513 (30 places only available – these will be allocated equally to writers and artists on a first come, first served basis.)

HKU International Poetry Prize, 2014

Finally, the HKU International Poetry Prize 2014 is now open for submissions. The Prize is open to poets around the world writing in English who have not previously published, or self-published, a full-length collection of poems. The winner receives HKD 2,500 and publication of a first collection of poems with the Hong Kong University Press. Entry guidelines are online at

Poetry Reading in St Andrews by Myra Schneider

21 Apr

This week in St Andrews the poet Myra Schneider will give a short lecture and reading (30mins) from her book ‘Writing my Way through Cancer’ and other poetry.

This is a free public event (not a StAnza event), which will take place at the Buchanan Building of the University of St Andrews, Union Street, St Andrws on
Thursday 24th April at 5:15pm in room 216.

For more about Myra, see

Beautiful but Deadly

20 Apr
Reproduced courtesy of the University of St Andrews

Reproduced courtesy of the University of St Andrews

This year at StAnza we collaborated with MUSA (the Museum of the University of St Andrews) on an installation featuring artefacts from Commonwealth countries held by the museum and poems about them commissioned by StAnza specially for the festival. The poems and images of artefacts in ‘A Common Wealth of Artefacts’ were projected in the Byre foyers during the festival and at the same time MUSA posted them on their blog. We are pleased now to be re-posting these articles on the StAnza Blog, and here is the second of them featuring a poem by Kiri Piahana-Wong, who is a New Zealander of Māori (Ngāti Ranginui), Chinese and English ancestry. She is a poet, editor and publisher whose first poetry collection, Night Swimming (Anahera Press), was published in 2013.

Museum Collections Blog

Today’s object is a type of stone club called a patu onewa used by New Zealand Māori in hand-to hand combat.

Patu Onewa Patu Onewa

Inter-tribal warfare was common in New Zealand in the early 19th century, but before Europeans arrived, Maori did not use projectile weapons, such as bows and arrows. Instead, patu were used, with a thrusting motion to attack the enemy’s upper body, or to finish off an enemy with a downward blow to the head.
Patu onewa were usually made from a hard volcanic rock such as basalt, through a painstaking process of hammering, grinding and polishing until they were perfectly finished, resulting in a beautiful but deadly object. You can see here that the club handle has been perforated to accommodate a wrist strap for the warrior.

Our example dates from the 19th century and was donated to the University by the Reverend John Thomson around that…

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