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Participants: Tessa Ransford

Tessa RansfordPhoto: Mike Knowles

Tessa Ransford is an established poet, translator, literary editor and cultural activist on many fronts over the last forty years, having also worked as founder and director of the Scottish Poetry Library. Tessa initiated the annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for publishers of pamphlet poetry in Scotland, now in its twelfth year, with the attendant fairs and website. She has had Royal Literary Fund fellowships at the Centre for Human Ecology and Queen Margaret University, and was president of Scottish PEN from 2003–6. Tessa’s recent publications include: Not Just Moonshine, New and Selected Poems (Luath, 2008); Rug of a thousand colours (Luath, 2012), a two-way translation with Palestinian poet Iyad Hayatleh; and Don’t mention this to anyone: Poems and Prose Fragments of Life in the Punjab (Luath, 2012), which is illustrated throughout with Urdu calligraphy by Jila Peacock.

StAnza 2013 Events:

Thu 07 March | Border Crossings
Reading: Chris Emery, Tessa Ransford & Iyad Hayatleh
The Barron Theatre, North Street

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