Events - Festival 2020

Old English for Poets 2: Riddles

Thursday 7 March, 10:30 - 12:30
Public Library, Church Square - Meeting Room

A creative writing workshop led by Chris Jones shows how contemporary poetry can benefit from the Anglo-Saxon tradition of riddling

Since the publication of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, there has been an explosion of interest in Old (as well as Middle) English poetry by contemporary poets. In fact, the practice of raiding the Old English wordhoard for ideas and inspiration is something poets had indulged in for over a hundred years before Heaney (and includes Alfred Tennyson, Ezra Pound, W.H. Auden, Edwin Morgan and many others). In this, the second in a series of workshops over three festivals, we will be looking at the Anglo-Saxon tradition of riddling. We will also look at analogous examples in a range of modern and contemporary poets. Participants will be encouraged to write their own riddles through a series of prompts designed to unlock your inner wordhoard!

Presented in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust Libraries, Arts & Museums and supported by the School of English at the University of St Andrews

Participants: Chris Jones


Meeting Room – Public Library, Church Square

Location: On Church Square off South Street, set back behind Holy Trinity Church

This venue is the local Fife Council Public Library, an older traditional town building which has had an internal restoration in a modern, airy style...