Scottish Poetry Festival StAnza Focuses on the Low Countries

Scottish Poetry Festival StAnza Focuses on the Low Countries

StAnza, Scotland’s international poetry festival, will focus on Dutch and Flemish poetry this year under the title ‘Going Dutch’, with special attention for the languages and cultures of the Low Countries: Dutch, Flemish and Frisian.

A number of award-winning Dutch, Flemish and Frisian poets are among the big names from the literary world who will read and perform, including Ester Naomi Perquin, Jan Baeke, Thomas Möhlmann, Frank Starik, Tsead Bruinja, Sigrid Kingma, Geart Tigchelaar, Lies Van Gasse (photo), Maud Vanhauwaert and Andy Fierens.

In addition to introducing poets from Flanders and the Netherlands, the festival will also offer a selection of installations and exhibitions, combining poetry with visual art and multiple translations, to give the public insight into the poetry scene from the Low Countries. Two Frisian poets will take part in a translation workshop with two Scottish poets, to create new versions of poems during the festival, and StAnza’s guest blogger this year is a Dutch cycling blogger.

StAnza, takes place every year in March in St Andrews, with related one-off events occurring throughout the year. Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 event, which takes place from 7th to 11th March. 2018 is the twenty-first festival in the series, which first started in 1998.

StAnza's ‘Going Dutch’ focus is supported by the Dutch Literature Foundation, Flanders Literature, the Flemish Government and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

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