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Edinburgh International Book Festival

6 Aug
Simon Armitage (photo Paul Wolfgang-Webster)

Simon Armitage (photo Paul Wolfgang-Webster)

This year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 15th to 31st August and we’re delighted to forward this information from them on some of the poetry they have on offer. You can buy tickets online for the events. However we’re delighted that StAnza has a supply of FREE tickets available to our followers for several of the events detailed below.

We have two pairs of free tickets for the four events specified which we can allocate to the first two people who contact us. If you would like to apply for any of the free pairs of tickets, please send an email to info@stanzapoetry.org with a note of the event of your choice and your name and the tickets will be available for you to collect at the Edinburgh Book Festival box office.

Poetry Events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
15 – 31 August 2015

Bringing over 800 authors to Edinburgh each year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a vibrant and inspiring festival for all lovers of the written and spoken word. 750 events, bookshops, cafes and plenty of activities for children jostle for attention in Charlotte Square Gardens, right in the heart of the city.

Poetry events are always a key part of the Book Festival and we have selected a few of the highlights from this year’s programme that might catch the eye of StAnza fans.

This year features exciting Book Festival debuts by international poets from Mexico and the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada. Established names share the bill with up-and-coming poets who are making waves and look out for poetry in performance in special events celebrating spoken word and epic poetry recitals.

You can browse a full list of all poetry events here.

For more details on events or to book tickets, visit the Book Festival’s website, http://www.edbookfest.co.uk or call their box office on 0845 373 5888.

Kate Tempest with Don Paterson: Game Changing Poetry
Tue 18 August at 8.15pm

Still in her twenties, ferociously-talented Kate Tempest has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, won the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry and secured a novel contract with Bloomsbury. In this event Tempest discusses her full-length poetry collection, Hold Your Own, with acclaimed Scottish poet Don Paterson.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kate-tempest-with-don-paterson

Mexican Writing, An Insider’s View with Gabriel Orozco: Poetry
Wed 19 August at 2.15pm

A very special chance to see three hugely talented poets from Mexico, who are also editors, publishers, novelists and impresarios. Monica de la Torre, Julian Herbert and Gabriela Jauregui create poetry that is bold and experimental. Their poems shine a powerful light on the experience of everyday Mexican people.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/mexican-writing-an-insider-s-view-with-gabriel-orozco-poetry

Ron Butlin & Valerie Gillies: Seeing Scotland in Verse
Thu 20 August at 12.15pm

Two former Edinburgh Makars and two of Scotland’s finest poets unite in this event. Ron Butlin’s The Magicians of Edinburgh interrogates Scotland’s past, present and future. Valerie Gillies’ The Cream of the Well brings together four decades of poetry, from her early volumes to unpublished poems, showing how her writing has shaped and inspired her life.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/ron-butlin-valerie-gillies
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

George the Poet: Meet the People’s Poet
Fri 21 August at 8.15pm

George Mpanga is the 24 year old Cambridge-educated wordsmith who has attracted attention and accolades with his socio-political verse and urban beats. Mpanga presents Search Party, his first collection of verse brimming with his trademark mix of wit, honesty and rhythm to articulate the voice of a new generation.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/george-the-poet

Bus Stops, Cul-de-sacs and Rutted Tracks: Urban to Rural in Spoken Word
Sat 22 Aug 2015 at 10.30am

Spoken word is often labelled as ‘street poetry’ but are the boundaries between the territories of urban and rural poets as sharp as we imagine? This event celebrates the contradictions and expectations of place in spoken word and all the characters therein. Travel through a range of landscapes with sharp-witted and evocative performances from Luke Wright, Deanna Rodger, Mike Garry and Will Burns.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/bus-stops-cul-de-sacs-and-rutted-tracks
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

The Poems of Iain Banks: Poems by Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod
Sun 23 Aug at 2.15pm

Two years since his death, Iain Banks’ work could hardly feel more relevant, more alive. Now, fans of the Scottish writer can discover a previously unknown Iain Banks in a series of poems he wrote as a young man. Fellow science fiction writer Ken MacLeod has prepared a selection of Banks’ best early verse alongside some of his own in a collection called, simply, Poems.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/the-poems-of-iain-banks
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

J O Morgan: Poetry Performance – At Maldon
Sun 23 August at 7.30pm–9.00pm

Breathtaking, moving and viscerally affecting, Borders-based J O Morgan’s epic poem At Maldon rivals Alice Oswald’s Memorial and Christopher Logue’s War Music in its stunning evocation of the experience of war. Today Morgan performs his epic from memory.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/j-o-morgan

Liz Lochhead: An Hour with Scotland’s Makar
Wed 26 Aug at 5.00pm

A hugely accomplished playwright as well as Scotland’s current Makar (National Poet), Liz Lochhead discusses her new play, Thon Man Molière, her fascination with the great French comic dramatist and his oeuvre, Greek tragedy, Schnitzler’s La Ronde and throws in a few as-yet uncollected poems from her Makar years among old favourites from her Selected Poems, A Choosing.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/liz-lochhead-4
or email info@stanzapoetry.org for a chance of one of two pairs of free tickets for the above event.

Simon Armitage: Walking on the Beaches
Thu 27 Aug at 5.00pm

One of Britain’s best-loved and most accomplished performers of poetry, Simon Armitage walked the length of the Pennine Way for his prize-winning Walking Home. Now he’s followed up that success with a walking adventure round the coastal fringes of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Armitage recounts his adventures in Walking Away, and today he shares some of his finest poetic moments from the odyssey.

Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/simon-armitage-3

Innu Poetry from the Canadian Tundra: Unique Scotland-Canada Collaboration
Sat 29 August at 11.00am

Three writers from the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada present their work alongside three Scotland-based poets. In this collaboration, Anna Crowe, Rachel McCrum and J L Williams have worked with Joséphine Bacon, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Naomi Fontaine to interpret the Innu-aimun verse and text and produce new work in English, comparing experiences of life in countries that are far apart, but on a very similar northern latitude.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/innu-poetry-from-the-canadian-tundra-1

Poetry at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2014

6 Aug

Paul Muldoon at StAnza by Helena Fornells NadalEdinburgh in August has to mean the Edinburgh International Book Festival which takes place this month from Saturday 9th to the 25th. More than 800 authors will deliver a vibrant and inspiring festival for all lovers of the spoken word, with 750 events, bookshops, cafes and plenty of activities for children jostling for space in the specially created tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, right in the heart of Edinburgh.

Poetry events are always a key part of the Book Festival and we have information on a few of the highlights from this year’s programme which might catch the eye of StAnza regulars. Thanks to our partners at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, we also have a pair of free tickets to offer for Paul Muldoon’s event, so read on! And for more details on events or to book tickets, visit the Book Festival’s website, http://www.edbookfest.co.uk, or call their box office on 0845 373 5888.

Sweet Potato and Callaloo: Voices from the Caribbean Diaspora
Sat 9 Aug, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, £10.00, £8.00

Jackie Kay introduces a vibrant generation of writers and poets whose work has its roots in the Caribbean. She is joined by Guyanese writer and poet Sasenarine Persaud, British-born Bajan performance poet Dorothea Smartt, British-born writer and performance artist Malika Booker, and Jamaican poet Millicent A A Graham.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/sweet-potato-and-callaloo

Stewart Conn & Hugo Williams: Ordinary Lives that Breed Special Verse
Sun 10 Aug, 10:15am – 11:15am, £10.00, £8.00

A stirring hour of poetry from two award-winning writers that delve into the everyday and find something quite extraordinary. Ayrshire-bred Stewart Conn’s latest collection is The Touch Of Time, a retrospective across five decades, while London-based Hugo Williams has recently published I Knew The Bride, an irony-infused memoir that reflects on his post-war childhood.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/stewart-conn-hugo-williams

Rowan Williams: Gravity and Grace
Sun 10 Aug, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, £10.00, £8.00

During his 10 years as Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams’s talents as a poet were often eclipsed by his high-profile religious role, but since he stood down to become Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge, his poetry is flourishing. His latest collection, The Other Mountain, explores moments of human transformation, whether in body or in spirit.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/rowan-williams-1

Andrew Greig with Rachel Newton: Performing Poetry, Prose and Music
Mon 11 Aug, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, £10.00, £8.00

Why do the stories of the Scottish-English borderlands – the Border Ballads – remain so compelling today? Writer and poet Andrew Greig and celebrated clarsach player Rachel Newton explore tales of the past in an enchanting dialogue that moves between poetry, prose, story and music. Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/andrew-greig-with-rachel-newton-1

Robert Crawford & Paul Farley: Magnificent Poetry
Thu 14 Aug, 10:15am – 11:15am, £10.00, £8.00

Scottish writer Robert Crawford creates poetry ‘to be homesick for’; sensitive to its local environment as well as magnificently universal. At this event he will read from Testament, his first collection in six years. The Selected Poems of multi award-winning Liverpudlian Paul Farley are drawn from four collections including his most recent, The Dark Film. His poignant, searingly honest work reflects the smallness of existence in a bafflingly vast world.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/robert-crawford-paul-farley

Michael Longley: Things We Cannot Forget
Fri 15 Aug, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, £10.00, £8.00

Michael Longley’s poems have been described as ‘masterpieces of lucidity, economy, sincerity…’. The distinguished Northern Irish poet will read from his powerfully moving new collection, The Stairwell. Longley is widely regarded as one of the finest poets of his generation and his new poems, shot through with references to The Iliad, include elegiac meditations on the death of his twin brother Peter and the Great War.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/michael-longley-1

Celebrating Lermontov: New Translations of an Old Master
Fri 15 Aug, 8:30pm – 9:30pm, £10.00, £8.00

Descended from Scottish ancestry and hugely influenced by Walter Scott, Mikhail Lermontov is viewed as one of Russia’s greatest poets. This bicentenary year sees publication of newly translated poems. Join translators Peter France, Rose France and Alexander Hutchison to explore the intricacies of translating a literary great’s work into English and Scots.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/celebrating-lermontov

Robin Robertson: Gimlet-Eyed Poetry
Sun 17 Aug, 10:15am – 11:15am, £10.00, £8.00

Few poets write with the piercing, unflinching honesty that Robin Robertson brings to his work. Hill of Doors, his latest collection, offers up a grim cornucopia of human suffering, sacrifice and excess. Yet Robertson’s subjects range from the brutal to the divine. Like the terrifying Hebridean whirlpool of Corryvreckan he describes in one of his finest poems, for Robertson life and death form an endlessly mutating cycle.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/robin-robertson-3

Paul Muldoon: Poetry’s Force of Nature
Sun 17 Aug, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, £10.00, £8.00

Born in Northern Ireland, Paul Muldoon is now a professor at Princeton University and poetry editor of the New Yorker. His poetry has won major prizes including the Pulitzer and the T S Eliot Prize and Muldoon is widely regarded as one of the most important poets working in the English language. In this event he previews a forthcoming collection, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/paul-muldoon-2

Patience Agbabi & Jen Hadfield: Poets Inspired by Places
Mon 18 Aug, 10:15am – 11:15am, £10.00, £8.00

They come from opposite ends of the British Isles, but Patience Agbabi and Jen Hadfield share a fascination for poems with a sense of place. Agbabi’s Telling Tales is a retelling of The Canterbury Tales for a multicultural Britain; a vibrant and sometimes outrageous mix of rhyme, sonnets and rap. Hadfield’s Byssus is a different kind of paean: poems that celebrate the sea, shore and moor of her adopted Shetland.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/patience-agbabi-jen-hadfield

Kei Miller & Tom Pow: In Search of the Promised Land
Mon 18 Aug, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, £7.00, £5.00

Two award-winning poets consider how we imagine – and sometimes actually forge – a better life elsewhere. Glasgow-based Jamaican Kei Miller has written The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, which explores the lure of the rastaman’s mythical city of Zion. Edinburgh-based Tom Pow presents A Wild Adventure, the tale of a late 18th century artist convicted of forging Scottish banknotes and sentenced to 14 years in Australia’s Botany Bay.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kei-miller-tom-pow

David Harsent & Alexander Hutchison: ‘I Ken Aabody / Exceptin Masel’
Tue 19 Aug, 10:15am – 11:15am, £10.00, £8.00

A winner of the Griffin and Forward prizes, David Harsent is described by John Burnside as ‘probably the richest, most seductive…imagination working in English poetry today.’ Here he reads from his new collection Standing Shadows. Quite different in register, but equally accomplished, Alexander Hutchison brings a lively and exuberantly Scottish voice to his poetry in the wide-ranging collection Bones & Breath.
Buy tickets at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/david-harsent-alexander-hutchison

And the first person to email info@stanzapoetry.org not later than midnight on Friday 8th August with a note of the year in which Paul Muldoon last appeared at a StAnza spring festival wins a pair of free tickets to his above listed EIBF event on 17th August.

A feast of poetry at the EIBF

14 Aug

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is now under way and there is plenty for poetry lovers to enjoy.  If you’re quick, you can get along to sample today’s showcase of new poets while later in the month there’s a chance to see Liz Lochhead,  Jackie Kay, Robin Robertson and Luke Wright, who have all appeared at StAnza  to great acclaim. Also not to be missed is a reading by the great US poet Kay Ryan, David Campbell’s story of traveller Duncan Williamson, the launch of the new Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, Andrew Greig’s retelling of a border ballad, ‘Fair Helen’ and the poems and music of the Egyptian revolution.

Details for some of the events are below. Click here for the full line up of poetry events and to book tickets.

Miriam Gamble, Sam Riviere & Jo L Walton
21st Century Poetry
Wednesday 14 August 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
£7.00, £5.00

Dear World & Everyone In It is a new anthology announcing the best young voices of British poetry. Stylistically innovative, thematically challenging, always creative and often surprising, it’s a unique collection presenting the work of 60 poets. Editor Nathan Hamilton presents a selection of the work in this event: Sam Riviere with his debut 81 Austerities, Jo L Walton and Miriam Gamble.

Jackie KayJackie Kay & Matthew Kay
Poetry and the Fight for Human Rights
The Amnesty International Event
Friday 16 August 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
£10.00, £8.00

Jackie Kay’s new poems about asylum seekers in Glasgow point up the importance of artistic and cultural contributions to political life. In this event Kay discusses her work with her filmmaker son Matthew Kay. He recently took a British football team to Palestine, where poetry is also a vital part of the culture of resistance, and today he shows an extract from the extraordinary documentary he made.

Andrew Wilson
Plath Before Hughes
Friday 16 August 5:00pm – 6:00pm
ScottishPower Studio Theatre
£10.00, £8.00
Before she met Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath had lived a complex, creative and disturbing life. Following her death in 1963, Hughes was the guardian and literary executor of her work and was, in effect, responsible for how she has been perceived by generations. Andrew Wilson explores the woman before the haunting poetry and sensational relationship that so greatly changed our cultural landscape.

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Poems Like Pointing Fingers
Friday 16 August 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
£7.00, £5.00
A new breed of poets is storming the spoken word scene and entertaining a generation for which Big Brother is a reality TV show as well as an Orwellian literary invention. Michael Pedersen, co-organiser of Edinburgh live poetry night Neu! Reekie! reads from Play with Me, while Essex-born Luke Wright, whose 5-star performances have wowed Fringe-goers, performs from his joyful new tome, Mondeo Man.

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I Steer Towards Catastrophe / Then Write About it
Sunday 18 August 10:15am – 11:15am
The Guardian Spiegeltent
£10.00, £8.00
Hill of Doors is Robin Robertson’s sixth poetry collection and his most powerfully assured yet. In its verse, he dives deep into the complexities of the human condition and then rains depth charges down upon himself. Robertson splices the sensitive and the brutish; mixes the mythical with the real; and in the process he confirms that he’s a superstar of Scottish poetry. Free coffee, courtesy of Prestige Scotland


Sunday 18 August

6:45pm – 7:45pm

Peppers Theatre

£10.00, £8.00

Three years after his death in 2010, Edwin Morgan’s memory burns brightly. In accordance with Morgan’s wishes, a major new prize for Scottish poets is announced at the Book Festival to build upon the previous poetry competition run in Morgan’s name. In this event chaired by Liz Lochhead, previous winners – Jen Hadfield, Paul Batchelor and Jane McKie – read their work and discuss the challenges of putting together a first collection.

Kay Ryan
Former US Poet Laureate
Sunday 18 August 5:00pm – 6:00pm
ScottishPower Studio Theatre
£10.00, £8.00
Kay Ryan is widely regarded as one of America’s great living poets. Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems won her the Pulitzer Prize in 2011, and she was the US Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. However, despite the plaudits, Ryan is no creature of the establishment: she once said ‘it’s poetry’s uselessness that excites me.’ She joins us to read some of her work.

David Campbell & Linda Williamson
Reigniting a Traveller’s Tale
Monday 19 August 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Writers’ Retreat
£7.00, £5.00
David Campbell’s subject is Duncan Williamson, born in a Loch Fyne tent in 1928, surrounded by storytellers and musicians. A Traveller in Two Worlds tells of Williamson’s remarkable life (he had two wives, ten children and wrote many stories) and the attempts to get his work about the traveller community to a wider public. Campbell is joined by Linda, Williamson’s second wife and an ardent activist in keeping his memory and writings alive.

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Reimagining Border Ballads

Saturday 24 August

8:30pm – 9:30pm

ScottishPower Studio Theatre

£10.00, £8.00

Stirling-born writer and poet Andrew Greig returns with a new publication inspired by the history and landscape of Scotland. Fair Helen is a retelling of a 16th century Border Ballad, ‘Fair Helen of Kirkconnel Lea’. Inspired by the tradition of sung narrative ballads, Greig is joined by acclaimed musician Rachel Newton, who performs several songs and provides fiddle accompaniment to Greig’s reading from his new novel.

Poetry from the Egyptian Revolution
Poems and Music in Tahrir Square
Sunday 25 August 8:30pm – 9:30pm
ScottishPower Studio Theatre
£10.00, £8.00
At the heart of the Egyptian revolution were the events in Tahrir Square. During the riots, Amin Haddad wrote poetry which the protestors spoke or sang together for moral support. Haddad joins us from Cairo with members of the revolutionary band, Eskenderella, whose musical rendering of Haddad’s poems gave support to the protestors. They reprise – in a rare European appearance – the verse that was the immediate response to the uprising.

Sample superb poetry and music this week in Edinburgh

18 Aug

With the festival season in Edinburgh hotting up (with weather to match), it’s great to see so much poetry on offer across the city. Starting on 22 August, Liz Lochhead leads the line-up of poets performing at Poetry in the Persian Tent, part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, based at St John’s Church in the West End.

True to the ethos of this festival, the readings are in aid of the Old MacDonald had a Farm for Africa Project, in association with Oxfam. Two familiar StAnza faces have been involved in setting up this event: poets Jim Carruth and Stephanie Green, who will also be reading. There’ll be an hour a day of poetry and music each day at 11am from 22nd to 26th August. Headlining poets are the aforesaid Liz, John Glenday, Jackie Kay, Vicki Feaver, Aonghas MacNeacail and Stewart Conn. Check out the full line-up here  Tickets are £10 (£8), available through the Hub box office from their website  or email boxoffice@hubtickets.co.uk, or telephone 0131 473 2000. You can also get them on the door, but as the space is limited, it’s advisable to book ahead.  

One of the Persian tent poets, Ryan van Winkle, has a solo poetry show of his own at the arty new festival venue, Summerhall, near the Meadows. ‘Red like a room our room used to feel’ is a short one-to-one reading in the intriguingly decorated surroundings of the ‘red room’, accompanied by a subtle sound track. You can even have a cup of tea or a wee taste of port. Details at www.summerhall.co.uk   And there’s plenty more to look forward to this week, including the StAnza showcase on 20th August, also at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, featuring John Siddique, Anna Crowe, and Dawn Wood; the fabulous BBC Slam, running each afternoon from 20th (our Director Eleanor Livingstone is one of the judges), and poets Lavinia Greenlaw, Don Paterson and William Letford among the poets appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. And you can find a host of other poetry events on our handy calendar:

 StAnza’s Edinburgh Poetry & Spoken Word Calendar August 2012

Poetry at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 11-24 August

8 Aug

The marquees are almost complete in Charlotte Square which means that the Edinburgh International Book Festival is about to kick off – it opens this Saturday 11th August. And there is a poetry strand this year that has many pleasures to offer including readings by three Makars, some startling new voices and a chance to see some favourite names from StAnzas past.

There’s a rare appearance by the wonderful Alice Oswald, (pictured left), a chance to catch up with StAnza 2012 Poet-in-Residence, Lavinia Greenlaw (here reading with American poet Marie Howe), and readings by Paul Durcan, Don Paterson, Ruth Padel, and Aonghas MacNeacail. Not to be missed are Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead, and Edinburgh’s Makar, Ron Butlin.

Sample the talents of the rising stars: William Letford, (left, below)the outstanding new poet who delighted us at StAnza in 2011, will be appearing with Sean Borodale. And the winner of the Edwin Morgan Prize, which is aimed at encouraging new poets, will be announced at a gala reading by all those shortlisted.

There’s also the unpredictable and fast moving Impro-Slam, featuring top performance poets. Alan Gillis heads up a lively discussion panel on Poetry & Ideas, exploring the experimental aspects of contemporary poetry. On a more celebratory note, Bashabi Fraser unites the the Ganga and the Tay in a celebration of Scottish and Indian poetry and music.

And, contrary to the myth that everything at EIBF is irrevocably sold out within minutes, there are tickets available for these events.  Don’t hesitate too long though.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens from the 11 – 27 August. To view the full programme of Book Festival events please visit www.edbookfest.co.uk.

Tickets for all events can be booked:

Online: www.edbookfest.co.uk

By phone: 0845 373 5888

In person – until the 10 Aug: at The Hub on Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

In person – once the Festival has opened on the 11 Aug: on site in Charlotte Square Gardens in the Entrance Tent

Photograph of William Letford by Seppi Preston

Edinburgh festival season is coming up soon ….

9 Jul

Crowd at Grassmarket, Edinburgh (photo copyright Edinburgh Inspiring Capital)

A month from now Edinburgh will be jam-packed with festivals, and if past years are anything to go by, a plethora of poetry and spoken word events will feature at many of them. As well as the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, there is a wide range of sub-festivals, free festivals and stand-alone events. But many as there will be, it’s hard to track them all down amongst the thousands of events taking place around the city. There will also soon be a plethora of accompanying festival websites, brochures and flyers, not to mention Facebook posts, blog entries and tweets, but as far as StAnza is aware, as yet no one-stop for poetry and spoken word enthusiasts to find out all that’s on offer. Alas.

So this summer, as a gesture of support both to those staging poetry and spoken word events, and to those who wish to attend, StAnza plans to put together and post online a diary of the poetry and spoken word related events taking place in Edinburgh next month, insofar as we can find the information. How comprehensive this will be depends in part on you. We’re inviting festival and event organisers as well as performers and supporters to give us information on events we should include. The information we are looking for, preferably in this format and order, is as follows:

Start date (eg 5th – we assume August so no need to say so)

End date

Start to end time (7.00pm-8.00pm)

Event title

Performer(s) name(s)

Venue name and short address  (we assume Edinburgh so no need to say so)


Notes (eg adult only, for children, outdoors, etc)

Weblink (one only)

We’ll make up a database of this, which you can see here. So if people can provide information in that format, all the better, but if not, we’ll be able to adapt it.  However we’re only looking for poetry and spoken word related events, so we wouldn’t want brochures, programmes for or links to whole festivals or related events, unless they all fit this criteria.

Please send information to info@stanzapoetry.org.  Thanks! And we’ll keep you posted about how this is going.

StAnza’s Edinburgh Poetry & Spoken Word Calendar August 2012

Autumn poetry books giveaway: two exciting new voices

20 Sep

Now that the festival season is over, there’s nothing better than having a new poetry collection to dip into as the nights draw in. And our friends at the Edinburgh International Book Festival have kindly supplied us with some books to give away to StAnza followers: windfalls from the crop of wonderful poets who came to Charlotte Square this year. Our first pair of books to give away are tw0 new, highly accomplished new voices.

Rachael Boast (who studied at St Andrews and has been a regular volunteer at StAnza) is a star who is certainly rising. Her first collection Sidereal (Picador) has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Will Eaves is a poet and novelist: formerly arts editor of the Times Literary Supplement, he now teaches at the University of Warwick. His first full poetry collection Sound Houses (Carcanet) ranges in subject and setting from the Australian bush to the West Country, from sick rooms to football terraces and examines the uncertainties of everyday life with both a comic and elegiac sensibility.

To take part in our giveaway, email your name and full postal address to press@stanzapoetry.org

The first entry to be received before 5pm, Friday 23 September will receive the books.

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