Events - Festival 2020

Poetry Centre Stage

Friday 8 March, 20:00 - 22:00
Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Auditorium

Ease into the weekend with a double bill of poetry
20:00 Reading – Jacqueline Saphra
21:00 Reading – Menna Elfyn​​​​​​​

To continue this year’s series of Poetry Centre Stage events, enjoy a full evening of poetry with two remarkable and multi-talented poets. Jacqueline Saphra is a playwright, screenwriter, poet and keen collaborator. Her first book, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye, 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women was published by the Emma Press (2017) and won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. Her latest collection from Nine Arches Press, All My Mad Mothers, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize.

Menna Elfyn is an award-winning poet and playwright. She has published fourteen collections of poetry, children’s novels, and libretti for UK and US composers as well as plays for television and radio. Murmur (Bloodaxe, 2012) was selected as a PBS Recommended Translation. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and her latest collection Bondo (Bloodaxe) was published in 2017 and Cennad (Barddas), a literary memoir, was published in March 2018. She is a professor of poetry, the president of Wales PEN Cymru and has been a columnist with the national newspaper of Wales since 1994.

Participants: Menna Elfyn and Jacqueline Saphra
Menna Elfyn: Gareth Richards
Jacqueline Saphra : Naomi Woddis


Auditorium – Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

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 &...