Simon Armitage (photo Paul Wolfgang-Webster)
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)
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!