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.
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.
Solutions to the riddles can be found on the Festival’s website.
I will be posting a blogpost on the poems, and my choices as a translator, just before the opening of the Festival.
In the meantime, why not take a look at the full list of Anglian-era events here?