Headliners Announced for StAnza 2015

Thursday 2 October 2014

Simon Armitage (photo Paul Wolfgang-Webster)

Today is National Poetry Day, and poetry events are taking place the length and breadth of the country. Good luck to them all. As our contribution to mark the day, we are releasing details of some of the treats in store next March when StAnza 2015 will, almost unbelievably, be our 18th annual festival. And if StAnza is coming of age, then you can be sure we'll do it in style.

Our website at www.stanzapoetry.org  has just been updated and now reveals some of the headline acts who are on our programme for 2015. In keeping with our reputation for being a truly international affair, next year’s programme will not disappoint, featuring poets from as far afield as New Zealand, America and France.


Sinead Morrissey (photo by Malachi O'Doherty)

Among the big names from the literary world performing at StAnza 2015 are Simon Armitage and New Zealand’s first Poet Laureate, Bill Manhire, along with three poets making their first appearance at StAnza, American poet Alice Notley, Sinéad Morrissey , currently Belfast’s Poet Laureate, and Ian Duhig. A previous festival featured a film version of Ian's famous book, The Lammas Hireling, but this will be his first visit to StAnza in person.

Bill Manhire

StAnza traditionally focuses on two themes which interweave with each other to give each annual festival its own unique flavour. This year’s themes are Unfinished Business and An Archipelago of Poetry. The first theme examines how the written word deals with the issue of unfinished business as well as looking at ways in which poetry itself is often a work in progress. The second theme embraces poetry which comes from islands, and things coastal or tidal, while also considering how poets and poetry festivals or organisations exist not only as individual islands, but rather as part of an extensive international Archipelago of Poetry.


We think it's a strong line-up of literary talent to headline StAnza 2015 and look forward to revealing further details of next year's programme over the coming months. Expect some surprises!