Off the Page

Poem by Joan Hewitt

Poem by Joan Hewitt

The continuing growth in popularity of spoken word (and of forms like Instapoetry) have encouraged poets and readers (and listeners) to re-imagine the relationship between poetry and the page on which it might be written. As a festival, StAnza has always existed at the intersection between written and spoken word, between poetry on the page and the stage – but also poetry on walls, windows, skin. This year, we’re taking this further, exploring the materiality of the poem and asking precisely what happens when it’s taken off the page.