Stanza 2016: emerging writers and ones to watch
Poetry festival showcases bright new talent, including Em Strang, Selina Nwulu and Harriet Creelman
StAnza's programme has no shortage of renowned writers, with the likes of Andrew McMillan, Christine de Luca, Don Paterson and Jo Shapcott all appearing live at the festival in 2016. But it's not all about the household names. StAnza also provides a platform for emerging writers to share their work, with events such as the Scottish Book Trust's New Writers readings and the Young London Laureates Showcase. Here, we take a look at five new writers featured this year that we're excited about, so you can check them out before they hit the big time.
Em was a recipient of the SBT's New Writers Award in 2014. She is currently working on a chapbook entitled Stone with visual artist Mat Osmond, which will be released through Atlantic Press in 2016. Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Poetry Scotland, Earthlines, New Writing Scotland, Entanglements: New Ecopoetry and the Glasgow Herald. She has been commended in both the McLellan and Wigtown Poetry Competitions, and two of her poems were shortlisted in the 2014 Bridport Prize.
Em appeared at StAnza as part of the New Writers Award Showcase.
Lindsay is based in Cupar, and won the New Writers Award in 2015. She reviews poetry for the online magazine, Dundee University Review of the Arts (DURA), and she regularly co-hosts a music and poetry night at Ladybank Station called Platform. Her first pamphlet, The Weepers, is published by Calder Wood Press.
Lindsay appeared at StAnza as part of the New Writers Award Showcase
Samuel won the Callan Gordon Award in 2014, and has had his work published in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including And Other Poems, Cordite, Gutter, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, and Northwords Now. He is also the poetry editor at the Glasgow Review of Books.
Sam appeared at StAnza as part of the New Writers Award Showcase
Selina is the new Young Poet Laureate for London. Her writing has been published widely, in collections by the RSA (2015), Lunar Poetry (2015) and Emma Press (2014). Her first chapbook collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published in 2015 by Burning Eye Books.
Selina appeared at StAnza as part of the Young London Laureates Showcase
Harriet is a member of Barbican Young Poets and a Young Producer for the national youth slam, Shake the Dust. She is also a founding member of Burn After Reading Poets, and she actively supports the development of young and emerging writers.
Harriet appeared at StAnza as part of the Young London Laureates Showcase
Rebecca Monks is a researcher and writer at The List. She regularly performs her own poetry and spoken word around Edinburgh. Follow her on Twitter @Rebecca_Monks