Anglian-era York at the York Festival of Ideas

The 2017 York Festival of Ideas will be running from 6-18 June, with the title The Story of Things. With a number of the events relating to York’s Anglian era, I was asked to translate a small number of Anglo-Saxon riddles to decorate the promotional bookmarks for this strand of the festival.

DSC_0007.JPG

The three riddles, which are found in the tenth-century poetic anthology known as the Exeter Book, were selected and translated by me, and then beautifully copied by calligraphers Sue Sparrow, Louise May and Jane Jenkins.

DSC_0010.JPG
Exeter Riddle 47

Solutions to the riddles can be found on the Festival’s website.

DSC_0011.JPG
Riddle no. 85

I will be posting a blogpost on the poems, and my choices as a translator, just before the opening of the Festival.

DSC_0012.JPG
Riddle no. 51

In the meantime, why not take a look at the full list of Anglian-era events here?

IMG_20170325_155437
The York Helmet, in the Yorkshire Museum, subject of a talk by Adam Wilkes, 10th June 2017

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    Reblogged this on Anglo Saxon Celt Creates Art and Craft and commented:
    If you’re in the UK in June you might want to check out this interesting-looking festival in York…

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.