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Taste the Salt: Reading in St Andrews, Thursday 23rd October

22 Oct

RBWFollowing timeously on yesterday’s high winds and stormy seas comes a reading of sea poems, from the anthology, Running Before the Wind, published by Grey Hen Press, which has received various accolades:

‘A wind-shaken, salt-laden, heartload of poems by women.’ Gillian Clarke

‘These poets explore all aspects of the ocean from the mundane to the mighty . Go where they take you. Taste the salt in their words.’ Diana Hendry

The event which takes place at Zest, 95 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9QW at 6.00pm on Thursday 23rd October has been arranged by StAnza’s Booksellers, J & G Innes.  StAnza’s own Eleanor Livingstone will be reading along with Lyn Moir, Sheila Templeton and A.C. Clarke, three poets who have appeared at StAnza in recent years.  They will each be reading a selection of sea poems from the anthology.

It’s a free event, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, so no need to book, just turn up.


Poetry Map Poem 54: Aberdeen

24 Sep


(After Epithets by Jamie McKendrick)

Aberdeen the isolate, the quartz-worked-with-difficulty, the obdurate,
the sea road to Zetland, the Apardjon of Morkinskinna, the salt-breathed,
the grey, the scarlet-gowned, the double-universitied, the black-golded,
the helicoptered, the ‘unclean’ of ’64, the low maintenance stone sheen, the solid.

Aberdeen the butteried, the bon accord-ed, the ashet-assiette, the bosie,
the river-girdled, the haar-happed, the kirn of beast and fish mart,
the reckless siller granite-howked, the fit, faa and foo sounds, the heck,
the owsen sic words the same in Flanders-spik, gied up by merchant men.

Aberdeen the sceptical, the wide light elliptical, the dirty scuttering gull
harboured, the saft green, the egostical, the glittering lat thame say!
the hard blaze of mica schist, the trysting cornered Monkey House.

Aberdeen the transient, the tender, the Piper-Alpha-melted-hard-hats
the paper-machied, the fechtin, warslin, singin place, the blunt spik,
the spare Gothic-ribbed, the durable; roch and weet and sweet.

Sheila Templeton

Previously published in Digging For Light (2010)

To view our Map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

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.

Edinburgh and Glasgow Preview Events for StAnza 2014

22 Jan

Gerda StevensonFor those of you who like to hold it in your hands, to flick through poetry and take a spoonful of events with each cup of coffee, the StAnza brochure for 2014 is almost ready and will be available fresh from the printers at this year’s programme previews.

The first of these free public events takes place at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW on Wednesday 29th January at 6pm, and as ever we’re very grateful to the NLS for their support. There will be short readings from two of this year’s festival poets, Diana Hendry and Gerda Stevenson. All this, plus some music from Edinburgh’s own John Sampson, who will be accompanying Carol Ann Duffy at her events in March, and a round-up of some of the festival highlights. It promises to be a delightful hour of entertainment and if you’re in the Edinburgh area, be sure not to miss it. It’s a free event but please book a seat by calling 0131 623 3734 or via the NLS web page at http://www.nls.uk/events/booking.

The following week the StAnza Roadshow rolls into Glasgow. We’re thrilled that the Tell it slant poetry bookshop at 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6ST will be hosting a preview event for us in collaboration with St Mungo’s Mirrorball, as part of an evening of poetry. The StAnza preview will take place on Thursday 6th February at 6.30pm lasting half an hour, with taster readings from some of the Glasgow poets on this year’s programme, Alexander Hutchison and Kathrine Sowerby, and some spoken word from Colin McGuire.

Then there’s the chance to take a short walk up Rose Street for Mirrorball’s Seamus Heaney celebration hosted by the Director of the Scottish Poetry Library, Robyn Marsack. She will be in conversation with award winning novelist and short story writer Bernard MacLaverty on his personal reflections of the life of the Nobel Prize winning poet, including a reading of some of his own favourite pieces by the great man, starting at 7.30, Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow.

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