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A new call for poems for StAnza’s Poetry Map of Scotland

28 Nov
St Andrews Castle Susanne Arbuckle

St Andrews Castle Susanne Arbuckle

Our Poetry Map of Scotland project continues apace. We now have more than 200 poems on the map, most of them also posted on our blog, and we’re working our way through several dozen more still to be added. Things have slowed down recently because of the pressure of planning for next year’s festival, and we’ll catch up with the backlog after the festival if not before, but now we have exciting news about a new project for the map.

For StAnza 2015 we featured various of the poems submitted for the map which had an island focus as part of our Archipelago of Poetry theme. Poems or excerpts from them featured on shop windows around town, on postcards, on coffee napkins and in a digital installation, a version of which can still be seen online at An Archipelago of Poems installation at StAnza 2015.

Next year will be Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and as part of this we will have a focus on architecture at the festival, as a strand of our City Lines theme. We plan to include in this a digital installation featuring some short poems about a building or other architectural feature in Scotland. So we’re looking for poems about Scottish cottages, castles and everything in between and inviting people who would like to take part in this project to send us your short poems – published or unpublished is fine, as long as they are about Scottish buildings – and if you’ve already submitted a suitable one for the map, then email and remind us. Or we might use excerpts from longer poems.

We’ll choose a selection of the poems received to feature in a digital installation and they will also be pinned to the Poetry Map of Scotland.

Email your poems to stanza@stanzapoetry.org with “Building Poems” as the subject line, and please confirm that the poems are your own and that you give us permission to include them in the installation.

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 228: Ardgour

23 Oct

Linnhe View

Deylicht cams in canny on ae winter’s morn,
nae sunlicht heralds this slaw dawn,
rid an green the bouylichs flicker in the loun,
luikin Linnhe-wards frae Ardgour.

Beinn a’Bheithir tourin frae Appin’s shore,
ae shudder haudin agin the distant moor
an aa aroon the mountains cologue thair pooer
luikin Linnhe-wards frae Ardgour.

Lismore like ae sentry bars the seaward yett,
the wurld will nae gain entry yet,
fur here the ceinturies ar juist ae puckle stour
luikin Linnhe-wards frae Ardgour.

Nicht gangs weary like yuletime snaw,
slaw the lift taks on ae lichter hue,
will gled tidins cam wi this grey hoor
luikin Linnhe-wards frae Ardgour?

Faw can tell fit this dey micht bring,
we hae nae control ower hoo the sang will sing,
we maun haud atween the rid an green,
luikin Linnhe-wards frae Ardgour.

 

George T. Watt

 

Previously published in Lallans Magazine

 

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, and for instructions on how to submit, see http://ow.ly/J4Aja
All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 227: Rannoch Moor

22 Oct

Rannoch Moor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona Moore

Previously published in New Walk magazine in 2014

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, and for instructions on how to submit, see http://ow.ly/J4Aja

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Just StAnza in Edinburgh this month

8 Aug
StAnza photo by Jacqueline Skelton

StAnza photograph by Jacqueline Skelton

We’re delighted that the Just Festival asked us to curate three poetry events for them this month in Edinburgh. The three events will be on Tuesdays 11th, 18th and 25th August, all 4pm to 5pm.

Eighteen years ago several Scottish poets got together to create annual StAnza festival, now a major annual international event. This series of three events at the Just Festival turns the spotlight 180° to focus on StAnza itself and some of the poets behind the festival’s success, as well as featuring short tasters of some poetry projects. Full details of each of the events are below. They take place in Edinburgh Fringe Venue 127, St John’s Church Hall, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ. Tickets are £5 and can be bought online at online here.

Tuesday 11th August, 4pm-5pm:  The current chair of StAnza’s Board of Trustees and himself a well-known and well published Scottish poet Colin Will will read with Jenny Elliott whose poetry pamphlets have been shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Award in both 2014 and 2015, and Peter Jarvis whose first collection was published by HappenStance Press earlier this year. We’re also delighted that they’ll be joined by several poets who have contributed to StAnza’s Poetry Map of Scotland who will each read their poem from the map, including Charlotte Stirling, Elspeth Brown, Julie Hogg, Donald Adamson and Alwyn Marriage. This is an ongoing project but you can view the current version of the map at https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/poetry-map-of-scotland/.

Tuesday 18th August, 4pm-5pm: The Co-Founder of StAnza and our first Festival Director, Brian Johnstone heads the list of poets reading at this event, where he’ll be joined by two StAnza colleagues, Julia Prescott and Robin MacKenzie. We’re also delighted that they’ll be joined by several poets who have contributed to StAnza’s Poetry Map of Scotland who will each read their poem from the map, including Adam V. Cheshire, Colin Bartie, Peter Kerr, Keith Parker and  Elizabeth Rimmer. This is an ongoing project but you can view the current version of the map at https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/poetry-map-of-scotland/.

Tuesday 25th August, 4pm-5pm: Anna Crowe, one of the StAnza founders and now an Honorary President, is an internationally renowned poet and translator. She reads with the prize winning poet Claudia Daventry and Andy Jackson, poet and editor of the successful anthologies of poems about popular culture, Split Screen and Double Bill. And joining them, Carolyn Richardson, Matthew Macdonald, Nancy Somerville, Morgan Downie, Ruth Aylett and Michael Scott, contributors to the Double Bill anthology to read a selection of poems from it.

So if you are in Edinburgh this month, do come along to one of our events, we’ll be delighted to see you.

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