Free Workshops at StAnza

Saturday 18 February 2017
The festival starts in 10 days time so it all feels very imminent. As well as a line-up of headline poets, new voices, diverse readings and performances to entice you, there are lots of way in which you can take part at StAnza. If you were too late to secure a ticket for our five creative writing workshops from Tuesday through to Saturday - they are all sold out - I'm delighted to let you know about two further workshops we're offering. Not only are they not sold out, they're free!
On Saturday you can join Roderick Manson at The Appointed Hour to explore writing in collaboration with others. We piloted this last year and it was a great success. Full details online and if you'd like to sign up, email You'll even get a chance to give a short public reading at the end.
If you're keen on performing your poetry, Sunday's free workshop - Make it Loud - is for you. Some of the acclaimed Loud Poets collective will be leading a workshop on developing and polishing up your performance skills. Again, full details online and to sign up, email
If you don't have time to give several hours to a workshop, surely you can spare 10 minutes to join this year's Collective Reading on Saturday 4th March at 6.50pm in the Byre. Everyone is welcome to come and experience a moment of solidarity through the collective yet diverse voice of poetry. With texts which address oppression, hope and survival, we'll be remembering how poetry offers us a way of mapping the world and of building bridges, not walls, between people.
The StAnza Slam on Saturday night is another chance for performers. To sign up, email, or come along and enjoy the late night fun and passion of poetry. There are also two Open Mics if you want a chance to read, try our early Friday evening Quiet Open Mic or later on Friday, Risk a Verse, this year with a new MC, Andy Jackson.
If you plan to be out and about around St Andrews during the festival, watch out for poems on windows. You could join this year's organised Poetry Walk or make your own route with another project for this year which we're about to launch.
As ever, there will be lots of small intimate ways of engaging with poetry at the festival, whether it's by taking an Inspire sheet or dropping in at MUSA for inspiration and then heading off to find your own poem, or by trying on a temporary poetry tattoo (they went like hot cakes last year, don't leave it too late to get one!), helping put a poem En Route around town or dabbling with poetry scrabble.
You can get more information on our website or ask at the Festival Desk during the festival.
And if you haven't booked your tickets, why not make that this weekend's priority, before any more events sell out. All you need to know about booking is on our How to Book page.