Game of Poems?

Sunday 8 February 2015

Brochure coverWith less than a month to go before StAnza 2015, we’re delighted to reveal that our special guest who will launch this year’s festival is the actor Clive Russell. His extensive list of acting credits for television and film roles includes parts in Auf Weidersehen Pet, Vera, Ripper Street, Waterloo Road, the films Fatherland and Oscar and Lucinda and he is currently Blackfish Tully in Game of Thrones. His stage roles range from Shakespeare to his own one man show, Touching the Blue. As well as launching the festival on Wednesday 4 March, he’ll also take part in a StAnza In Conversation at 3.30pm on Saturday 7 March, talking about his interests in poetry.

In more breaking news, we’re delighted that our visual art programme will include new work by Will Maclean, the outcome of a collaboration with John Burnside, as well as artwork from his recent collaboration with Kenneth White. This exhibition will be on Level 4 at the Byre Theatre during the festival.

The first of this year’s exhibitions is already on display at the Byre Theatre on Level 1 and 2. Karen Cairn’s Faces and Places is the outcome of her role as Artist in Residence at StAnza 2014, and is already impressing visitors to the Byre Theatre.

The printed brochure for StAnza 2015 is now out so watch out for copies appearing in all the usual locations. We mailed out to those on our postal list earlier this week and these copies should be landing on doormats about now. If you’re not already on our postal list and you’d like us to post you one free of charge, just send an email to with your postal address. Meantime the brochure can be viewed online at the link below and full information on the programme, with links to the box office, is available at

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In other news, the StAnza pre-festival Poetry Book Group is now taking place. Christian Livermore from the University’s School of English is again leading early evening sessions from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Wednesdays in the Conference Room at St Katherine’s West at 16 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AX. There are still two sessions to catch so to book a free place and for information on the poems to be discussed, contact Debbie Wilbraham on 01333 462275 or, or just turn up at one or more of the sessions. More information can be found at online here.

And our second festival preview event takes place on 17 February at Craigmillar Library in Edinburgh and we'll be posting more information about that very soon.