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Poetry Parnassus

10 Jun

It’s not all going to be sport in London this summer. The Southbank Centre are hosting Poetry Parnassus from 26th June to 1st July, the UK’s largest ever gathering of the world’s poets. If you are going to be in or near London later this month, be sure not to miss this huge turn out of poets from across the globe – more than 200 and as far as possible one to represent every olympic country – as they give readings and masterclass workshops. The line up includes big names such as Simon Armitage, Seamus Heaney and Wole Soyinka along with many others from far and near who have taken the StAnza stage, such as Nikola Madzirov from Macedonia and Tusiata Avia from Samoa who both took part in StAnza 2012, two of our previous Poets in Residence, Kei Miller representing Jamaica and Bill Manhire from New Zealand; and from earlier festivals Canada’s Karen Solie, Soleiman Adel Guemar from Algeria, Yang Lian (China), Pia Tadrupf (Denmark), Jack Mapanje (Malawi), Imtiaz Dharker (Pakistan) and Jo Shapcott representing Britain. You can see the list of some of those already chosen here .  More names have been added recently to that list, however the Poetry Parnassus team are still looking for suggestions for a few more countries, such as Liechtenstein, so if anyone has any ideas, they’d be pleased to hear them.  There will be the chance to get involved with over 100 free events and activities, full details of which can be found on the Poetry Parnassus website. The programme includes on Tuesday 26th June a World Poetry Summit at which StAnza’s director Eleanor Livingstone will be taking part to talk about StAnza’s digital festivals and events.

Tusiata Avia at StAnza 2012 (photo by Al Buntin)

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Prizewinning poets join forces at St Andrews

4 Nov

StAnza is welcoming in November with a unique evening of readings and conversation with John Burnside, winner of
this year’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, and Karen Solie, the acclaimed Canadian poet and the winner of the 2010 Griffin International Prize. John Burnside’s latest volume, Black Cat Bone, won this year’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, the first time this much lauded poet has won this award. His poetry was praised by the judges as having a ‘vitality of language, an undertow of complexity and an evocative dream logic.’  Karen Solie is considered to be one of Canada’s best poets, the recipient of many prizes, most recently the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for her third collection, Pigeon (2009). The judges described her poems as ‘X-rays of our delusions and mistaken
perceptions, explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love and danger.’ Karen was one of the highlights of StAnza 2010 and she is back in  Fife as the inaugural holder of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust/School of English International Writers Residency.

The event  will take place at 7pm on 14 November in the elegant Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, St Andrews. Admission is free, but you would be wise to book ahead to ensure you get a place. To reserve a seat, email info@stanzapoetry.org not later than Friday 11th November with your name and
contact phone number. Doors open at 6.40pm. Reserved seats must be claimed by 6.45pm at the latest.

The event is being held in partnership with the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust and The School of English at the University of St Andrews, with support from Creative Scotland.

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