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Poetry through the ages

A new exhibition charting St Andrews poetry through the ages is going on show at the University of St Andrews Library.

The exhibition, opening on Monday 3 October 2005, is linked to the launch of ‘The Book of St Andrews: An Anthology’. Edited by Professor Robert Crawford of the School of English, the book is dedicated to the School’s secretaries Jill Gamble, Sandra McDevitt, Frances Mullan and Jane Sommerville. It features works by a number of current ‘University names’ including Don Paterson, Ian Rankin, Meaghan Delahunt, A L Kennedy and Seamus Heaney and an array of others from medieval monks to Benjamin Franklin and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Open to the public until the end of November during library opening hours (8.45am-midnight Monday to Friday; 9am-5pm on Saturday; 1pm- 7pm on Sunday) and free of charge, the specially commissioned exhibition features photos, books and objects relating to those with poetry featured in the book.

The Library is also running a children’s poetry competition in conjunction with the exhibition. To date, over 250 local school children have entered. The competition will be judged by award-winning University of St Andrews poet Kathleen Jamie and the prizes will be awarded on Monday 3 October at 6.15pm, during the reception to celebrate the launch of ‘The Book of St Andrews: An Anthology’. Selected entries will be on display, with all finalists receiving a certificate, and the winners from three age groups receiving book tokens.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the launch of the exhibition on level 2 of the Library at 5.30pm on Monday 3 October 2005. Please report to Elizabeth Henderson on arrival.

Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information, please contact Claire Grainger, Press Officer – 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk; Ref: press releases/libraryexhibition View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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