The StAnza Event

Don Paterson in conversation with Lucy Burnett

Wigtown Parish Church
In person & Online event
Fri 1 Oct
18:00 UK
£0.00 to £5.00

For this live audience event, some contributors, including Lucy Burnett will be in the venue with others, such as Don Paterson joining by video link. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Don Paterson's latest poetry collection, Zonal, is an experiment in science-fictional and fantastic autobiography, with all of its poems taking their imaginative cue from the first season of The Twilight Zone (1959-1960), playing fast and loose with both their source material and the author's own life. The narrative style is a departure for Paterson, and this evening's event will feature the poet in conversation with new StAnza Director Lucy Burnett, exploring the possibilities and pitfalls of narrative poetry, in a special preview event for StAnza 2022, incorporating discussion, poetry and music. StAnza's 25th anniversary festival will have the title Stories like Starting Points -- and the conversation starts here! 

Wigtown Book Festival Events

This year's programme is a combination of physical and digital events. Please ensure you book correctly. Digital events will stream through the homepage of with young adult events streaming through the YA page.

Unless otherwise stated, events will last between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Full Terms and Conditions for attending this year's Festival in person can be found on our website.

Asking questions
On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or by clicking the 'ask a question' box below the stream on the homepage of the website and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

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