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Events: StAnza 2013

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 06 March | 7.00-7.40pm | Festival Launch
Special guest Lesley Riddoch launches the festival with a taster of poetry and music
MBSB (Medical & Biological Sciences Building) North Haugh – Café and Foyer

Thu 07 March | 2.15-3.15pm | Past & Present
David Evans on Baudelaire, Chris Stone on Donne and Milton
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Thu 07 March | 3.30-4.30pm | The StAnza Lecture
The Gododdin – First Words, or Where Poetry Began: Gillian Clarke
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Auditorium

Fri 08 March | 10.00-11.00am | Poetry Café for Breakfast: Poetry Out of Line
Chris Emery, Ken Babstock, George Szirtes, Greg Thomas discuss how poetry is designed
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Fri 08 March | 11.30am-12.30pm | The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy
Robert Crawford and Don Paterson and ‘The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy’
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Fri 08 March | 12.30-1.00pm | Meet the Artist: Farlin poets and craftmakers
A chance to meet some of the Farlin makers
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Foyer/FCA&C

Fri 08 March | 2.15-3.15pm | Past & Present
Mark Doty on Walt Whitman, Christopher Whyte (Crìsdean MacIlleBhàin) on Marina Tsvetaeva
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Fri 08 March | 2.15-3.15pm | Angus MacPhee, Weaver of Grass
Chrys Salt and Roger Hutchinson present the life and work of the remarkable outsider artist in poetry and prose
St Leonards Chapel, St Leonards School

Fri 08 March | 3.30-4.30pm | In Conversation
Kirsty Gunn talks to Susan Mansfield
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Auditorium

Fri 08 March | 5.00-6.00pm | European Poetry Special
Reading: Robert Şerban, Ludwig Steinherr, George Szirtes
St Leonards Music Auditorium, St Leonards School

Sat 09 March | 10.00-11.00am | Poetry Café for Breakfast: A Natural Engagement
Mandy Haggith, David Borthwick, Carry Akroyd, Andrew Forster discuss how poetry engages with nature and the environment
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Sat 09 March | 10.00am-4.00pm | Meet the Artist: Robbie Schneider
Poetry carved into stone as you watch
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Theatre Garden

Sat 09 March | 11.30am-12.30pm | Past & Present
Erín Moure on César Vallejo, Robert Minhinnick on Dylan Thomas
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Council Chamber

Sat 09 March | 3.30-4.30pm | In Conversation
Andrew Greig talks to Catherine Lockerbie
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Auditorium

Sat 09 March | 3.30-4.00pm | Meet the Artist: Carry Akroyd
A chance to meet the artist Carry Akroyd
The Trust Museum, North Street

Sat 09 March | 4.15-4.45pm | Meet the Artist: Anna King & Rebecca Sharp
A chance to meet the collaborators on the Unmapped Exhibition
Public Library, Church Square

Sun 10 March | 10.00-11.00am | Poetry Café for Breakfast: Translating Place
Alvin Pang, Erín Moure, Eurig Salisbury and Angela Jarman discuss the joys and problems of translating place in poetry
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Sun 10 March | 10.00am-4.00pm | Meet the Artist: Robbie Schneider
Poetry carved into stone as you watch
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Theatre Garden

Sun 10 March | 3.30-4.00pm | Meet the Artist: Marc Neys (aka Swoon)
A chance to meet the film maker behind the Cirkel/Circle filmpoems as he introduces a screening
The Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, The Scores

Sun 10 March | 4.30-5.00pm | Meet the Artist: Anja Hertenberger
A chance to meet one of the artists behind the Lace Sensor Dresses
The Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, The Scores

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