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StAnza Preview

A preview of this year's international poetry festival in St Andrews

Thursday 29 January 2009
6.30pm - 8pm

Books and Beans, Belmont Street, Aberdeen

Admission free

StAnza's directors, Brian Johnstone and Eleanor Livingstone will preview the themes for StAnza 2009 and the poets who will be in St Andrews between 18th and 22nd March, with selected readings from their works. The 2009 festival will honour and re-interpret Robert Burns to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. StAnza has extended a special invitation to returning Scots and affinity Scots from all around the globe in this Homecoming year.

The second theme for 2009, Poetry Centre Stage, looks at the dynamic between poetry and drama.

The preview will conclude with a reading by one of the poets taking part in StAnza, Alan Gillis.

Alan Gillis, originally from Belfast, is now based in Edinburgh. His publications include Somebody, Somewhere (Gallery Press, 2004), which won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Collection, and Irish Poetry of the 1930s (Oxford University Press, 2005). His second collection, Hawks and Doves (Gallery Press, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

The evening will, as always, include an open mic session. All welcome.

2009 Programme

North East Writers

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