Coast Lines

Coast Lines

Join us to explore how Scotland's culture has been influenced by our coasts. More widely we’ll be asking how poetry engages with and responds to seas, rivers and other bodies of waters, and how we are connected with poets beyond our seas, especially with our Nordic neighbours. For Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, StAnza 2020 offers a programme in which the engagement of poets with rivers, seas and coastlines will ebb and flow through readings, performances and discussions, from this year’s lecture Mother Ocean delivered by Matthew Caley, through a Past & Present session on mermaids in poems, to a workshop, to a performance of music and poetry inspired by the shores and storms of North Uist. Look out too for newly commissioned poems responding to the sea and for poems washed up in bottles.

“Tonight the coast of seven stars sparks
bright against the shoreline's shroud.”

from Tonight by Colin Bramwell