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.


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.

Exeter Riddle 47

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

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.

Riddle no. 51

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

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…


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