"Katharine Towers’ second poetry collection, The Remedies, is
a clarion call to a kind of modern day transcendentalism. She might
not wear a hairshirt or, Walden-like live off the land in the woods,
yet, as a poet, she does invite us to consider the lilies, to look at
small miracles and moments of extraordinariness that arise from those
quiet moments of contemplative introspection."
These lines are from the opening paragraph of a review on the DURA website by Gail Low of The Remedies by Katherine Towers who will be reading at StAnza on 5th March at 11.30am. We shall also have a small installation based on The Remedies in the Chemist Shop at the Preservation Trust Museum, running from Thursday through to Sunday, 2 - 5 March. Do make sure not to miss it if you're at the festival. Meantime, to read the whole review, go to the DURA webpage.
(Smokestack Books, 2016); pbk, £8.99
Whether you take that iconic, still-contentious word as an exclamation, an exhortation, or accept Heaney’s gently Hibernian “So”, whatever aspects of the Anglo Saxon epic you unravel in Leásungspell , from the first Bob Beagrie alerts you that all is not as it seems." '
These are the opening lines of a review on the DURA website by Beth McDonough of Leasungspell, which will be performed at StAnza on Saturday 4th March at 15:30 by Bob Beagrie and friend - an Anglo Saxon fool's tale, an epic journey through the wilds of the Dark Ages. To read the whole review, go to the DURA webpage.
Join us for a moment of solidarity in our Collective Reading at this year's festival. At StAnza 2016, our collective reading saw around a hundred people, poets and passers by, Byre dinners and more, reading aloud different poems all at the same time, filling the Byre Theatre with poetry. Last year, we read poems written and published in solidarity with refugees. This year's collective reading will celebrate the porous borders between languages and people, and we're inviting you to join us to read poems from Centres of Cataclysm: Celebrating fifty years of Modern Poetry in Translation and from Lifesaving Poems, (both published by Bloodaxe Books). With texts which address oppression, hope and survival, we'll be remembering how poetry offers us a way of mapping the world and of building bridges, not walls, between people. We'll be inviting international guests to the festival to join us in their own languages to turn a babble of poetry into a Babel. If you can't be with us in person.
No previous experience of reading poetry is necessary, and quiet voices are as welcome as commanding ones, so please do come along to the Byre for this special event. We hope that for a few minutes, with your help, we can collectively fill the Byre with the sound of these poems.
And if you can't make it along to the Byre, you can join us virtually or even in spirit. We shall post a poem here which you can read loud with us wherever you are at 19:00 hours on Saturday 4th March. If you want to Go Live on Facebook while you do so, then do tag us in, or send us photographs later and we'll post them on our social media for the event.
Meantime, here are some photographs of last year's event.
Photo by Terry Lee
Photo by Terry Lee
Photo by Terry Lee
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All poems from our Poetry Map of Scotland are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet's permission.
We were delighted that at our Edinburgh festival preview event, we were able not only to launch the brochure and poster for this year's festival, but also to have the premiere of a wonderful short film made at StAnza over two days last March. The film was commissioned by Festivals in Fife and filmed by Rennie Digital Productions, who rushed it through the final stages to allow us to screen it on Tuesday. You can now see the film online and we hope you'll enjoy it. There are lots of interesting comments, moments captured and familiar faces.
We're also thrilled that the brochure is now published and available, and the next job is to get it distributed. If you have received brochures from us through the post in recent years, then you will be on our mailing list and we shall be sending you a copy very soon. It will also be available at the Scottish Poetry Library, around St Andrews, and elsewhere. We hope you enjoy browing through it's pages. The artwork on the cover is from Hilke MacIntyre's exhibition at StAnza which will be on display at the Byre Theatre from 7th February until 31st March.
You can meantime view StAnza Brochure 2017 Final.pdf