“Every year in early March, the ancient streets of St Andrews come alive with poetry for StAnza, a diverse and vibrant celebration of all things poetic.” The Scotsman
One of the top poetry festivals in the UK, StAnza is famous for its friendly atmosphere and international focus. It’s the place to hear favourite poets, discover new voices and enjoy the beautiful town of St Andrews and StAnza’s lively festival hub. Choose from more than 80 readings, performances, discussions, poetry inspired installations and exhibitions and other cross-media performances in a range of atmospheric venues in and around the historic and lively town centre – or sit and enjoy the lively festival scene with a coffee or drink during quiet periods. You can also take part in a wide range of workshops, a masterclass and open mic events. The core programme is online from end November. Tickets go on sale from early January with concessions, bulk purchase and early bird discounts, and many free events.
Alice Oswald, Vahni Capildeo, John Agard, Sarah Howe, Jackie Kay and Joan Margarit were among the headliners for 2016. 2017 themes were The Heights of Poetry and On the Road with a French-langauge focus.
From town to gown in St Andrews
Set in the ancient university town of St Andrews, prepare to be enthralled by food, culture and the coast. Try the catch of the day at the town’s many restaurants or wander round the Cathedral and become inspired to write and recite your own poems. The collections of The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) are also a rich source for visiting poets, as is the changing programme of exhibitions at St Andrews Museum. Be sure to look out for poetry installations from current and previous years of StAnza on arrival at St Andrews Bus Station.