Events - Festival 2018

Collective Poetry Reading

Saturday 4 March, 18:55 - 19:05
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Level 2 Foyer

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading

At StAnza 2016, our collective reading saw around a hundred people (from poets to passers by) 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. With texts which address oppression, hope and survival, we'll be remembering the ways in which 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.

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, led by Katie Ailes and Kevin Mclean. We hope that for a few minutes, with your help, we can collectively fill the Byre with the sound of these poems.

Presented with the support of Bloodaxe Books

Participants: Katie Ailes and Kevin Mclean
Katie Ailes: Eddie McEleney
Kevin Mclean: (c) Perry Jonsson


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close off South Street

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...