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Forward Poetry Prize Winners Announced

6 Oct

St Andrews has much to celebrate in the Forward Prizes for Poetry this year.

Our congratulations to StAnza regular John Burnside, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, whose Black Cat Bone won the prize for Best Collection last night; and also to StAnza volunteer Rachael Boast, who studied for a PhD in Creative Writing at the university, and whose Sidereal was a richly deserved winner of the prize for Best First Collection. The prize for Best Single Poem was awarded to the late R. F. Langley for ‘To a Nightingale’.


Rachael will be reading at the West Port Book Festival on Saturday, 15 October, and we are delighted to announce that she will also be appearing at StAnza next March.


A full list of the poets for StAnza 2012 will be published on our website later today.

A warm literary welcome at the Westport

4 Oct

Edinburgh’s best kept secret is the Westport Book Festival, held
among the bookshops, pubs and trendy art spaces in the city’s answer to Soho.
Starting next Thursday, 13 October and running till Sunday 16th, the festival in its new
autumn guise offers a varied and witty programme: new and established talents
(the sort of people, such as Janice Galloway, who sell out at the summer
festivals can be seen here in smaller, more intimate venues), open mics,  plus a spot of book binding  and tea dancing.  There’s plenty of poetry to enjoy, including a smattering of folk familiar to StAnza: book a place at Jo Bell’s workshop , catch readings by Rachael Boast,  William Letford, Tracey S Rosenberg and Emily Dodd, or listen to Bruce Durie chat about what is thought to the first poem in Scots. Check the full programme  and take advantage of the generous  ticketing system: 40 per cent of tickets are available in advance, the rest on the day. All tickets are free! The festival website is a mine of information: www.westportbookfestival.org

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.

Kona Macphee wins major poetry prize with ‘Perfect Blue’

25 Jun

Congratulations to Kona Macphee, who has just won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, for her collection ‘Perfect Blue’, published by Bloodaxe. Kona gave a reading at StAnza back in March. The Australian born poet now lives in Perthshire and this is her second collection. The judges praised it thus: ‘It was a book that we found ourselves returning to. What impressed us most of all was the way that Macphee’s work combined clarity and depth with a surprising and sometimes unsettling view of the world.’

Celestial success for StAnza volunteer

We’ve mentioned before that StAnza volunteer Rachael Boast has just had her first collection published by Picador. And we’ve been following its success with great delight. ‘Sidereal’ has already created a buzz in the last few weeks, with poems and/or reviews in the Times, and the Independent and her book was reviewed this weekend by  the Guardian.  She will be reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

Wedding vows and verses

28 Apr

Poetry has, not surprisingly, played its part in the run-up to the Royal Wedding tomorrow. Last Saturday, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, presented a collection of ‘wedding vows’, published here in the Guardian, by, among others, Scotland’s new Makar, Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, Michael Longley and Wendy Cope.  Many are names who have appeared at StAnza.  We were really delighted to see among them, a new poem by Rachael Boast, who has worked for the festival as a volunteer for several years, and whose first poetry collection, Sidereal, is being published next month by Picador. Congratulations to her.

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