StAnza set to play host to emerging new wordsmiths

Eleanor Livingstone is delighted StAnza 2015 will host 'exciting and hugely talented newcomers'.
Eleanor Livingstone is delighted StAnza 2015 will host 'exciting and hugely talented newcomers'.

Exciting new talent will be part of the poetry mixture at the StAnza next month.

Eleanor Livingstone, director of Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, said the annual event was always the perfect occasion to hear new voices and 2015 festival would continue that tradition, with a host of “exciting and hugely talented newcomers”.

Among the new voices in this year’s programme are spoken word poets Agnes Török, Toby Campion and Erin Fornoff.

Agnes Török was the 2014 StAnza Poetry Slam winner and was awarded the Best International Spoken Word Show at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her show ‘Sorry I Don’t Speak Culture’.

Toby Campion was a finalist in the BBC Poetry Slam 2014 and the UK National Slam 2014 while Erin Fornoff, who has performed at Glastonbury, won the StAnza 2013 digital slam.

Other new voices include Kim Moore and John Dennison both of whom will publish their first full collections this year.

Poet, writer and singer Hollie McNish, who has most just won the Arts Foundation award to develop her work, will appear in ‘Writing Motherhood’. which examines how motherhood affects a poet’s work.

Two other aspiring UK poets in this year’s line-up are Liz Berry, winner of the Forward best first collection prize last year and Helen Mort, who won the Aldeburgh first collection prize last year and is currently Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate.

Helen is also one of Next Generation, 20 poets who are recognised as being among the most interesting to publish first collections in the last decade.

StAnza boasts another three Next Generation poets in the programme with Kei Miller, Heather Phillipson and Mark Waldron.

Combining poetry with song will be Scottish folk singer Kirsty Law, who is fast becoming ‘one to watch’.

Kirsty performed at the StAnza preview in Edinburgh last month and will perform at StAnza’s launch.

This year’s Poet in Residence is Clare Mulley, a young poet at the start of her career who was recently shortlisted for the Young Poet Laureate of London post.

StAnza 2015 runs from March 4 to 8 - for more see www.stanzapoetry.org