Mention the name Louis de Bernières and most people will think of his acclaimed novel based in wartime Greece. It is not a widely known fact, however, that the English author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin is also a writer of poetry. The influence this medium has had on him will be the theme of de Bernières' talk as guest speaker at the launch next week of this year's programme for Scotland's annual poetry festival, StAnza.
Hosted by the National Library of Scotland, the event on 21 January (7.30pm) also features a talk from StAnza's Director, Brian Johnstone, and the reading of a selection of poems from StAnza 2004 participants by Artistic Director Anna Crowe. Tickets are free and can be booked by phone (0131-622 4807) and E-mail (email@example.com) or picked up at the Library shop. StAnza takes place in St Andrews from 18 to 21 March: further details are at www.stanzapoetry.org
16 January 2004