Happy St Andrews Day!

Thursday 30 November 2017, 12:11

Happy St Andrews Day and greetings from us here at StAnza central. The sun is shining beautifully in a saltire-blue sky outside our windows.

We're sending a quick reminder this morning about our Book Week Scotland event on Saturday, and another reminder that our StAnza 2018 online programme will be launched later today.  We can't say exactly when we'll be ready to press "Go" but it will be at some point today, so the countdown has begun.

But amidst all that excitement, don't forget that we have an event coming right up on Saturday, this year's StAnza event for Book Week Scotland, which will take place in Zest in St Andrews on Saturday 2nd December at 5.00pm. It's a free event, so please do come along to hear JL Williams read and join in a collective reading. Full details at this link: Poetry With Zest for Book Week Scotland.

Meantime, I hope you enjoy the rest of St Andrews Day!

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StAnza's Book Week Scotland Event

Friday 17 November 2017, 06:58

This year Book Week Scotland runs from Monday 27th November to Sunday 3rd December. StAnza will be partnering up again with our favourite coffee shop in St Andrews, Zest, for an evening of coffee, good company and, of course, plenty of poetry on Saturday 2nd December, from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.

Photo: James Iremonger

Join us when we'll share poetry as well as coffee and snacks. Help us celebrate the ways in which poetry can contribute to wellbeing and shared culture. The poet J.L. Williams will be reading from her latest collection, After Economy, as well as leading a collective reading.

This year, our Book Week event coincides with St Andrews Week in town, so we're holding it a bit earlier, so people can come for the poetry and stay for the town celebrations. Ours will be a free event and unticketed, but if you'd us to note that you're coming and save you a seat, then please email

St Andrews: StAnza 2017

St Andrews: StAnza 2017


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Save the dates!

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 19:42

Two dates for your diary, one in Edinburgh, the other in St Andrews! Looking ahead to January, we're delighted to invite you to an evening of poetry and music! Join us for a sneak preview of StAnza 2018 as we launch the festival brochure at 6pm on 23 January at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. We'll be hearing words and music from a selection of festival artists, as well as sharing some of our festival top tips. We'll have information nearer the time on the line up but for now we'd invite you to save the date.

Meantime, a reminder about our event for Book Week Scotland coming up on 2nd December. More details about that as well shortly, but just now we want to flag up that we've bringing it forward by 90 minutes to make it a late afternoon event, starting at 5pm.


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Byre World’s Poetry Pop-Up with StAnza and the Poetry Forum

Friday 27 October 2017, 17:08

As the nights draw in, the StAnza 2018 programme continues to grow: we can’t wait to share it with you in just over one month’s time! In case you can’t wait until then for your poetry fix though, we’ve got a gem of an event for you lined up next week…

We were delighted to be asked by the University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages to be part of their Byre World event on 1 November. The Byre World events aim to bring the modern languages to a wider audience, and on so next week we’ll be celebrating multilingual, multicultural and translated poetry!

We’re extra excited because the evening is a chance to discover anew translations of two of StAnza’s international headliners from the last two years: our 2017 poet in residence Aurelia Lassaque, who writes in French and Occitan; and the German-language Nora Gomringer, whose jazz-fuelled lyrics left us reeling in 2016.

The effervescent poet and performer Harry Giles will be performing their Orcadian versions of poems by Aurelia Lassaque, as well as a number of other poets, and in doing so explores the questions raised when translating into and out of minority languages.

Meanwhile, we’ll be hearing a deconstructed translation of Nora Gomringer by our own Annie Rutherford alongside translator Rebecca DeWald, who together explore the fluidity and precarity of translation decisions.

We’ll also be hearing poetry across borders from the wonderful Christine De Luca, the former Edinburgh makar, and the Cameroon-born poet and writer Nsah Mala.

The event is free but ticketed, and will take place in the Byre’s Studio Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 1 November. Tickets are available here.

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Poets invited to apply for TheoArtistry Project

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 10:38

St Andrews in the mist...

St Andrews in the mist...

We're delighted to be collaborating with The Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at St Mary's College at St Andrews University on a project for next year, with Michael Symmons Roberts as mentor, and we're inviting poets who would like a chance to be included in this to contact us now.

As part of the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme, six composers have already collaborated with researchers in ITIA and Sir James MacMillan to produce new musical settings of Scriptural texts. On the eve of StAnza’s 2018 festival, there will be the launch concert of the CD recording ‘Annunciations’ which includes these six new works for choir.

We are now inviting poets to apply for the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme. The six poets selected will spend Tuesday 6th March in St Andrews in sessions including creative workshops, with ITIA researchers, the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, and the composer Sir James MacMillan. On Sunday 11th March, each poet will have the chance to present their draft poem at a StAnza event. The poets will each give permission for the final version of their poem to be included in a book produced by ITIA.

Poets on the scheme will be teamed up with an ITIA theologian partner, who will provide a package of resources on the Scriptural passage allocated to them prior to the Tuesday workshop, follow up on the poet’s own interests in person and/or via skype, and provide a creative sounding board during the scheme.

Poets interested in taking part in this innovative project should email by 31st October with a brief 80 word CV, a sample poem, and a short statement of how you think taking part in this project could help you develop as a poet (250 words).

We look forward to hearing from any poets who might be interested in being involved in this project.

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The 2017 Troubadour Poetry Competition

Sunday 8 October 2017, 17:41

There are plenty of poetry competitions around but one we at StAnza are keen to support is the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, not least for its £3,500 cash prize pot and range of runner up prizes. This year the judges are Imtiaz Dharker and Michael Symmons Roberts, two StAnza favourites, who will be reading every poem submitted. The winners will also get a chance read with them at the Troubadour in London later this year.

troubadour international poetry prize 2017 judged by imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts

prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
plus, thanks to leading poetry magazines & troubadour coffee-house,

plus, for all prize-winning poets, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 Nov 2017, with Imtiaz Dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts

submit via e-mail or post by mon 16 oct 2017

You can see the 2016 winning poems & judges' reports on this poems page. And good luck to everyone who submits!

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