Each year StAnza commissions poets to respond to artefacts from the collections held by the museum of the University of St Andrews. With reference to this year’s themes, poets will be responding to artefacts linked to scientific samples, including the Challenger Expedition in the 1870s and other sea and polar expeditions.
The six civilian staff and scientists aboard the Challenger were under the direction of Wyville Thomson, Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh, who had proposed the expedition. Their discoveries laid the foundations for the science of oceanography and other expeditions and studies. A digital installation of images of the objects and resulting poems will be exhibited during the festival.
In association with the Museum of the University of St Andrews