Happy National Poetry Day! We are delighted to mark the day by launching our programme for StAnza 2018 on our website. StAnza 2018 will run from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th March 2018 in St Andrews, and we have now announced some of the headline voices for next year’s 21st anniversary festival ahead of National Poetry Day on Thursday 28th September.
Next year’s festival is a significant milestone for StAnza which held its very first festival twenty years ago in 1998. We’re delighted to be welcoming some of the biggest names from the literary world and friends of StAnza old and new to St Andrews to celebrate our special anniversary year.
Over the last twenty years we have endeavoured to bring together a diverse mix of well-known talent with new, up and coming poets to create a programme which is fresh and vibrant. This year we have pulled out all the stops to put together a programme which is truly fitting of such an exciting year for StAnza and we look forward to revealing more names over the coming months.
Among the headline poets to appearing at next year's annual festival are former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and Scottish poet and jazz musician Don Paterson who will be in conversation with Marie-Elsa Bragg, daughter of Melvyn Bragg. They will be joined by former Belfast Poet Laureate and recent Forward Prize winner, Sinéad Morrissey, Gillian Allnutt, who was awarded The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry earlier this year, Tara Bergin, winner of the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize in 2014 and up and coming Scottish poet William Letford.
StAnza traditionally focuses on two themes which interweave with each other to give each annual festival its own unique flavour. Next year’s themes are The Self and Borderlines. StAnza will also have a focus on young people as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People.
Dozens of poets will be taking part in StAnza, along with many musicians, visual artists and film makers bringing the historic Fife town of St Andrews alive with poetry, music and art for five days in March. We hope you will join us there.