Anna Crowe

Anna Crowe is a co-founder, former Artistic Director and now Honorary President of StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival. Her poetry includes two Peterloo collections and three Mariscat chapbooks, has been recorded for the Poetry Archive, and translated into Castilian, Catalan, German and Italian. Her third collection, Not on the Side of the Gods, was published in 2019 by Arc. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Peterloo Poetry Prize, the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award and most recently the Elmet Prize in 2018. She is acclaimed for her translations, which include collections by Pedro Serrano (Mexico), Josep Lluís Aguiló (Mallorca) and Joan Margarit (Catalonia). Maps of Desire, poems by the Catalan poet Manuel Forcano is forthcoming from Arc in 2019 (PBS Autumn Recommendation).



Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Anna Crowe, Ida Börjel

Fri 6 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Coastlines: Sea poetry from Tentsmuir »

A relaxed poetry reading from Anna Crowe, Jim Crumley and Valerie Gillies

Wed 4 March | 14:00 - 15:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2020

Wed 4 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Round Table »

Anna Crowe delves into some of her favourite poems in this intimate event

We're sorry that Lachlan Mackinnon is unable to join us, but delighted that Anna Crowe will be reading in his stead.

Sat 7 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | £6.50/£5.00 | Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street


Sedge-warblers on the Meon
           i.m. Edward Thomas

Clear chalk-stream cadences
weave around stones,
combing the dark weed free.

On the bridge this spring
we follow the play
between river-bed and surface;

how the Meon’s glitter is inflected
by deep notes of topaz flint,
braiding a path among the crowfoot;

yellow kingcup flowers open,
mouths like distant bugles calling
above the rush of water. And it’s today

and a hundred years ago, this singing
of sedge-warblers, frantic, harsh
and shrill among the willows.

Anna Crowe

From Not on the Side of the Gods (Arc, 2019)
First published in The High Window