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Friday 3rd March 2017: 14.15-1515

StAnza Poetry Festival, St. Andrews
Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Queen's Gardens:

Past and Present
Stewart Conn on the Poetry of Muriel Spark
Emmanuelle Lacare-Martin on Mary, Queen of Scots

Admission: £4.00/£3.00

Thursday 5th January, 2017 (6.00-6.45pm)

Edinburgh at the Year's Midnight by Stewart Conn

Scottish National Gallery, The Mound

A winter journey in poetry and music through Scotland's capital city, with Simon Donaldson and Siobhan Redmond (readers) and Anna- Wendy Stevenson (fiddle)

(free, unticketed)

Sunday 30th October 2016 : 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Shore Poets  25th Anniversary Celebration
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

Readers: Stewart Conn, Tom Pow & John Purser
Music from The Whole Shebang

Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

Wednesday 14 September 2016 (18.30 for 19.00)

2016  John Masefield Lecture

Presented by The Poetry Association of Scotland
and the Muriel Spark Society

Mistress of Unease : the poetry of Muriel Spark
by Stewart Conn

Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Tickets at the door (£5 or £4 concessions).

Wine reception from 6.30 - 7 pm.  The talk will begin at 7 pm and last about one hour.

Thursday 18th August (19.00)

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Awards
Judges: Stewart Conn and Jackie Kay

Tuesday, 9th February (18.00 for 18.30)

Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 South Bridge, Edinburgh
Mariscat Press Launch: Against the Light, alongside Tom Pow's At the Well of Love.

Sunday, 10th January 2016 (16.30) and Sat 16th January (23.30)

Edinburgh at the Year's Midnight

A Winter Journey, in Poetry, through Scotland's Capital City

An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio Four—readers Gordon Kennedy, Siobhan Redmond and Stewart Conn, music by Aly Macrae, directed by Marilyn Imrie.

St Magnus Festival, Orkney 2015 / Poet-in-residence

Monday, 22nd June (11.00)

The Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Illustrated reading: A Poet's Palette

Saturday, 20th June (14.30)

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness [Orkney Writers' Course]
Talk: The Poet's Voice

Saturday, 20th June (11.00)

Stromness Parish Church
Poetry Reading: The Touch of Time 

Wednesday 4th February, 2015 (7.00 pm)

A Mischief of Makars
Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
Mariscat reading with Christine De Luca and Jim Carruth

St Magnus Festival, Orkney / Poet-in-residence

 

Monday, 22nd June (11.00)
The Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Illustrated reading: A Poet's Palette

 

Saturday, 20th June (14.30)
Pier Arts Centre, Stromness [Orkney Writers' Course]
Talk: The Poet's Voice

 

Saturday, 20th June (11.00)
Stromness Parish Church
Poetry Reading: The Touch of Time 

Wednesday 4th February, 2015 (7.00 pm)

A Mischief of Makars
Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
Mariscat reading with Christine De Luca and Jim Carruth

Saturday 16th August, 2014 (18.45 pm)

Edinburgh International Book Festival
RBS Garden Theatre/Edwin Morgan Poetry Award
Judges: Stewart Conn & Jen Hadfield
Presentation: Jackie Kay

Sunday 10th August, 2014 (10.15 am)

Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Guardian Spiegeltent
'Ordinary Lives that Breed Special Verse'
Poetry reading: Stewart Conn & Hugo Williams

Tuesday 17th June, 2014 (7.30pm)

The Wordsworth Trust
The Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere
Poetry reading, with Lee Harwood

Wednesday 16th April 2014 (6.30-8.30)

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery
(Friends of the Scottish National Galleries)
The Touch of Time: poems inspired by works of art.

Saturday 5th April 2014 (4.30 pm)

Aye Write! Festival
Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow
Stewart Conn: A Glaswegian Edinburgh Makar

Wednesday 12th March 2014 (7.00 pm)

Poetry Association of Scotland 
Royal Scots Club, Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh
Launch: The Touch of Time: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe 2014)

Sunday 23rd February 2014 (7.45 pm)

Shore Poets / St John's, West End, Edinburgh
with Diana Hendry and Lesley Glaister
and the Mark Ogle award ceremony (Meg Bateman)

Tuesday 3rd December 2013 (7.30 pm)

Falkirk Writers' Circle:
Greenpark Centre, Polmont
Talk/reading: 'A Writer's Lot'

Saturday 2nd March 2013 (7.30 pm)

The Bakehouse, Gatehouse-of-Fleet
Stewart Conn reads from his recent
Mariscat pamphlet Estuary

Wednesday 28th November 2012 (6.00 pm)

Book Week Scotland at St Giles' Cathedral (free)
Stewart Conn reads from his Old Town poems,
with glances at Burns, Stevenson and others.
Caroline Snell (oboe) and Lynne Bulmer (flute)

Tuesday 13th November 2012 (8.30-9.30)

Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock (£8/£6)
“A Sense of Belonging”
Imprint Book Festival
Stewart Conn and William McIlvanney
read and discuss their work with Stuart Kelly

Saturday 13th October 2012 (1.30 for 2.00 pm)

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh (free)
Launch of a new pamphlet Estuary (Mariscat Press)
with Alison Reeves (fiddle)

Sunday 26th August 2012 (11.00-12.00 noon)

Edinburgh Book Fringe/Festival of Spirituality and Peace
Poetry in the Persian Tent (behind St John's, Princes St)
with Eunice Buchanan & Mandy Haggith

Sunday 19th August 2012 (1.00-2.00 pm)

Edinburgh Book Fringe/Word Power Bookshop
Mariscat 30th anniversary reading
with Diana Hendry, James McGonigal & Angela McSeveney

Friday 28th October 2011 (12.00-1.00 pm)

Dundee Literary Festival
Bonar Hall, Dundee University
"Poem & a Piece" : reading

Friday 26th August 2011 (4.30–5.30 pm)

Edinburgh International Book Festival
RBS Main Theatre, Charlotte Square
2011 Scottish Book Awards event

 

Past

Stewart Conn has given many readings over the years at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and elsewhere:  in the British Library's millenium season, at the Voice Box in the Royal Festival Hall, at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney, at Alloway on the 250th anniversary of Burns's birth, in the Scottish Poetry Library and at Poetry Festivals ranging from Aberdeen, Bath and Bristol to Tetova, Vilnius and Zagreb. 

He and wind virtuoso John Sampson have presented 'Roull of Corstorphin' on a variety of occasions (including the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Old Town Festival, and for the Henrysoun Society in Dunfermline) since its first performance in the National Library of Scotland.

In 2010 he appeared at the Ullapool Book Festival, Aberdeen Word Festival and Wigtown Book Festival.  In Oct 2004, during his tenure as Makar, he read Emissaries, which was specially commissioned for the occasion, at Edinburgh's World City of Literature presentation in the UNESCO building in Paris.

        

Emissaries

We come wearing neither the sackcloth
of supplicants, nor the helmet of presumption,
but on winged sandals of aspiration,
bearing the triple-edged sword
of language; confident as guardians
of the written word that borders are best
kept open, through the traffic of tongues.

Emissaries for Scotland and its capital
past, present and future,
the hand-fast we proffer confirms
our belief that a nation's blood-flow
is enhanced and enriched by
transfusion from other cultures:
a sharing of the heart's vocabulary.