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StAnza International Poetry Festival

Events: StAnza 2010


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 17 March | 7.00-7.40pm | Festival Launch
St Andrews University’s new Principal Dr Louise Richardson, poets Kei Miller & Anne-Marie Fyfe; music from Cahal Dallat
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer

Thu 18 March | 3.30-4.30pm | The StAnza Lecture
Myth, Magic and the Future of Poetry: Grevel Lindop
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room

Fri 19 March | 10.00-11.00am | Poetry Breakfast
Anne-Marie Fyfe, Jacob Polley, Monika Rinck, Swithun Cooper consider How Poets Develop
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Fri 19 March | 3.30-4.30pm | In Conversation
Seamus Heaney talks to Dennis O’Driscoll
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium

Sat 20 March | 10.00-11.00am | Poetry Breakfast
Rebecca Seiferle, Tiffany Atkinson, Paula Jennings & Stephen Halliwell discuss Myth & Legend in poetry.
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Sat 20 March | 3.30-4.30pm | In Conversation
Ben Okri talks to Susan Mansfield
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium

Sun 21 March | 10.00-11.00am | Poetry Breakfast
John Akpata, Gerry Loose, Rob A. Mackenzie & Alistair Noon discuss Poetry Beyond the Page
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

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