Annie Rutherford

Programme Co-ordinator, StAnza, Scotland's international poetry festival

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Annie Rutherford has divided her working life between Germany and Scotland. She is now programme co-ordinator for StAnza, Scotland's international poetry festival, as well as a bookseller at Golden Hare Books. She is editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Far Off Places and is co-creator, alongside illustrator Beth Barnett, of the newly launched webcomic Brewed Awakening. A translator for German into English, she’s currently working on a translation of the selected poems of Nora Gomringer.

Summary of work 

StAnza aims to showcase the range and diversity of poetry to a Scottish, British and international audience. Presenting emerging talent alongside established voices, traditional readings alongside filmpoems and performance poetry alongside exhibitions, the five-day long festival has become a place for poets and artist to meet, exchange ideas and create new work. Showcasing international work and poetry in translation has always been an integral part of the festival, and has become increasingly so with the recent introduction of an annual foreign language focus, which in 2017 shone a spotlight on Francophone poetry.

Summary of work to develop

We aim to continue to showcase the best of poetry in all its forms, presenting both page and performance poetry as well as work which blurs the boundaries between genres, media and languages. We're keen to expand the ways in which we highlight translation at the festival and are always interested in creating installations and poetry on the move which engage with festival goers and passers by between and beyond the festival events.



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