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Events: StAnza 2009

Talks/Conversations

Talks & ConversationsEach festival is launched by a public figure with a connection to one of the festival’s themes or with an interest in poetry or the arts in general. The long-running In Conversation events focus on a single poet or writer and are an opportunity to encounter them in a more informal setting. Each event features a discussion of their life and writing – often focusing on one of the festival’s themes – and includes readings of a few poems – either the writer’s own or a selection of their personal favourites. The StAnza Lecture has been running since 2002 and has, over the years, sparked controversy, inspired reappraisals and highlighted new approaches. An innovation since 2008, Poetry Breakfasts offer a relaxed start to the day with a group of poets chatting about their poetry and the poetry scene with which they are familiar, finding some things in common, some differences, and reading one or two poems - an ideal introduction to the poets and their poetry.

Wed 18 March | Festival Launch
First Minister Alex Salmond, poets Bill Manhire & Kate Clanchy, singer Sheena Wellington, Burning Burns with David Mach; music from Ferryport Fiddlers
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer

Thu 19 March | Lord Byron: Uncovering a Poet
David McClay, curator of the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland.
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Thu 19 March | The StAnza Discussion
Kate Clanchy, Stephen Scobie, Thomas A Clark, Peter McCarey, David Mach & Alan Riach (chair) discuss homecoming and Scottish identity
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room

Fri 20 March | Poetry Breakfast
Roddy Lumsden, Ben Wilkinson, Christie Williamson, Juliet Rees, Stuart Kelly & Eleanor Livingstone (chair) discuss younger poets
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Fri 20 March | Tam O’Shanter and the Fairy Cult
Talk on Burns’ poem by Drew Clegg
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Fri 20 March | The StAnza Lecture
Homecoming: Jay Parini
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room

Sat 21 March | Poetry Breakfast
Ian Rankin, Simon Armitage, Martin Newell, Stephen Scobie, Marco Fazzini & Roddy Lumsden (chair) discuss song lyrics as poetry
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Sat 21 March | Poets of the Scottish Enlightenment & the 18th Century Gaelteachd
Talk: Robert Crawford & Angus Peter Campbell
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Sat 21 March | In Conversation
Ian Rankin talks to Hamish Whyte
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium

Sun 22 March | Poetry Breakfast
Crispin Bonham Carter, Susan Roberts, Ros Brackenbury, Kenneth Price, Sonata Paliulyte & Neil Anderson (chair) compare the skills of actors and poets
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Sun 22 March | Burns – the next 250 years
Talk by Drew Clegg
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Sun 22 March | In Conversation
Hardeep Singh Kohli talks to Alistair Moffat
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium

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