Events - Festival 2021

Border Crossings

Sunday 8 March, 14:15 - 15:15
Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Lynne Hjelmgaard, Maja Lee Langvad

In our final Border Crossings session of this festival, we feature two poets, born in New York City and Seoul respectively, who use poetry to explore themes of identity through an international lens. Lynne Hjelmgaard moved to Denmark in 1971 and later wrote her first collection, Manhattan Sonnets, while crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat with her husband. Her poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. Reading alongside her will be the Danish poet and translator Maja Lee Langvad, author of several critically acclaimed books including Find Holger Danske (Find Holger Dane) and HUN ER VRED—Et vidnesbyrd om transnational adoption (SHE IS ANGRY—A testimony of transnational adoption). Her writing explores themes of transnational adoptions, national identity, racism, kinship, and the act of writing.

Lynne Hjelmgaard: Jane Allan
Maja Lee Langvad: Isak Hoffmeyer


Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Location: On the north side of South Street opposite West Burn Lane

The oldest and most atmospheric venue used for StAnza events, the Undercroft of St John’s House is linked to the Knights of St John active in St Andrews in pre-...