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.

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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.

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Exeter Riddle 47

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

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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.

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Riddle no. 51

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

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