Festival Update

Monday 5 February 2018

A quick reminder that this is your last chance to take advantage of our Early Bird Discounts which end today, 5 February.

More generally, with the festival now less than a month away, here's a quick update on some of the recent additions to the programme which you might have missed. While some events are sold out, you can still get tickets for about 75% of the ticketed events; and around half of our events and exhibitions, installations and projects are free and unticketed so for them you can just turn up on the day. The full programme is online and now you can now explore the brochure online as well. Our booking page gives full details of how to get your tickets. 

We are delighted that the special guest cutting the metaphorical ribbon on this year's festival is the singer Barbara Dickson. She will also be giving us a song. Do join her and us at the Byre Theatre on 7 March at 6.30pm and help us launch StAnza 2018. This year our opening night event is a free gala extravaganza offering music, art, film and a taster poem from a range of this year’s festival poets from across the UK, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, including headliners like Sinéad Morrissey, Michael Symmons Roberts, Rita Ann Higgins and John Glenday.

This year for our Collective Reading we'll be sharing poems from Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), a bold, brave and beautiful anthology which explores and celebrates UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. No previous experience of reading poetry is necessary, and quiet voices are as welcome as commanding ones, and if you can't join us in person, perhaps you can read a poem at 7.00pm on Saturday 10th March and join us in spirit.
We have also been adding some other events, installations and exhibitions to the programme first launched on 30th November, including an event as part of our Muriel Spark 100 project. Some of the poets commissioned to write new poems in response to quotes from some of Spark’s novels will be there reading their poems and talking about their take on Muriel Spark. Our Necessarily Looking Backward free event will be on Friday 9 March at 2.15pm.
The StAnza brochure was unveiled and launched at our Edinburgh Preview event in the National Library of Scotland on 23 January with much trumpeting. Copies are now available to pick up around St Andrews, Edinburgh and beyond. If you are on our postal mailing list for the StAnza brochure, then it is already winging its way to you. If you are not on that list, can’t easily pick up a copy where you are and would like us to post you a copy, please email us on brochure@stanzapoetry.org.

If you are already on the brochure postal list, when you’re copy arrives, be sure to look out for a short blue form insert asking you to confirm, for the purposes of the new Data Protection legislation coming into force in May, that you wish to remain on our brochure mailing list for 2019 and beyond. You can hand over the completed form at the StAnza Festival Desk in March, or post it to us, or email us at stayonlist@stanzapoetry.org with a note of your name and postal address. But please DO NOT email any other StAnza email address about this, thanks.

Meantime, this year’s pre-festival Book Group sessions have been going really well. We have had two fascinating discussions, the first in MUSA and the second in the Golf Museum Café. We have one more to come, again at the Golf Museum Café on Thursday 15th February from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. It’s also free so do join us if you can to read and discuss some of the poets appearing at this year's festival.
Finally, another reminder that if you haven't booked your accommodation yet for March, you might want to see what Stay In St Andrews can suggest.