Events - Festival 2019

The StAnza 2018 Lecture

Thursday 8 March, 15:30 - 16:30
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Supper Room

Put off that Mask: Persona, Trauma and Authenticity in Contemporary Poetry. This year's lecture by Sinéad Morrissey, sponsored by the Poetry Book Society

Our lecturer for 2018 is this year’s Forward Prize winner, Sinéad Morrissey. She will explore ideas of voice and authenticity in the work of a number of contemporary poets who are responding directly to trauma in their work. The lyric is traditionally understood as an utterance of both heartfelt and honest emotion, the conduit of an “I” voice engaged in an intimate conversation with a privileged reader and/or listener, and articulating itself, to intensifying effect, within the constraints of poetic form. She will question the extent to which this model of the lyric, particularly in relation to grief, holds “true”, via close readings of recent poems which foreground a complex “I” under duress.

The Poetry Book Society is honoured to sponsor the StAnza Lecture by PBS Summer Choice Sinéad Morrissey. PBS was founded in 1953 by T.S. Eliot to "propagate the art of poetry". Every quarter their expert selectors choose the best new contemporary poetry books to deliver to their members, alongside the PBS Bulletin magazine. They offer a wide range of membership options from Associate membership for the Bulletin only through to Charter Membership for the magazine and five poetry books every quarter. Recent PBS Selections have included James Sheard, Sinéad Morrissey, Pascale Petit and Ocean Vuong. It’s the perfect way to get the keep up to date with the latest poetry releases, hot off the press. Find out more here.

StAnza 2018 is also supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

Participants: Sinéad Morrissey
Sinéad Morrissey: Florian Braakman


Supper Room – The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Location: At the top of Queens Gardens, on the corner with South Street

Includes: Council Chamber, Supper Room, Auditorium/Public Hall, Fife Contemporary foyer

Right in the centre of St Andrews, The Town Hall...