Stanza 2016: writers from all over the world flock to Scotland

We round-up some of the best international voices at StAnza, from Pascale Petit to Aase Berg

Stanza 2016: writers from all over the world flock to Scotland

Nora Gomringer and Philipp Sholz / credit: Judith Kinitz

StAnza has firmly established itself as one of the most significant literary festivals in Scotland, and it is particularly commendable for bringing the elite of the poetry world to St Andrews. Here, we take a look at some of the impressive international voices that appeared at the festival in 2016.

Pascale Petit
Pascale was born in Paris, and grew up in France and Wales. She has six poetry collections published to date, with the sixth, Fauverie, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2014, and she has had four collections chosen as 'Books of the Year' in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica, is due out in 2017.
Pascale appeared in an intimate Round Table event at Stanza on Sat 5 Mar.

Aase Berg
Born in Stockholm in 1967, Aase has published seven poetry collections, a young adult novel and a collection of essays, as well as four books in English. In 2014, the English translation of her collection, Transfer Fat, was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award from Three Percent.
Aase appeared at a Border Crossings event with English author Valerie Laws on Fri 4 Mar.

Nora Gomringer
Nora is a German and Swiss poet and writer. She received the Villa Kowagama Residency bursary in Kyoto along with the musician Philipp Scholz, and was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2015.
Nora appeared at the Poetry Centre Stage event on Sat 5 Mar.

Sarah Holland-Batt
Sarah is a contemporary Australian poet and academic. Her debut book, Aria, has won several major prizes (including the Anne Elder award), and she works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology.
Sarah appeared at the Border Crossings event on Sat 5 Mar.

Odile Kennel
Currently living in Berlin and working as an author and poetry translator from French, Portuguese, Spanish and English, Odile was a finalist at poet in residence in Dresden in 2013, and has also won the second Munich poetry prize.
Odile appeared at the Poetry Breakfast on Sun 6 Mar.

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


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