Two Special StAnza Events for October

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Photo by Al BuntinIn

In  the second of our events planned for Sunday 7th October, StAnza celebrates 15 years of festivals. The first StAnza Poetry Festival launched on October 8th 1998. To celebrate the festival's continued success, Scottish and American poets take part in a transatlantic reading when StAnza presents ‘Calling New York’, a unique transatlantic reading which brings together two poets in two continents: Douglas Dunn reading in St Andrews and Jay Parini reading in New York. In honour of StAnza's predecessors and the long tradition of poetry events in St Andrews, the two poets featured have been chosen for the inspiration they gave to StAnza's founders. Douglas Dunn was the director of festival which immediately preceded StAnza in the 1990s, while Jay Parini started the first ever poetry festival in St Andrews in the 1960s.

The event is part of the Fife programme for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and is held in association with the Roger Smith Hotel, New York. The reading will take place on  in the Byre Studio Theatre at 7pm (BST), and at 2pm (EDT) in New York at the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan, before live audiences at each venue. The poets will be linked via Skype. Both poets have strong connections with St Andrews. Douglas Dunn is one of Scotland’s most prominent poets and founded the Creative Writing programme at the University of St Andrews. Jay Parini, a poet, writer and academic is best known for his novel about Leo Tolstoy, The Last Station.

Tickets for the reading in St Andrews cost £3 (£2 concession) are available on the door on the night, or in advance from the Byre Box Office, 01334 475000 or  online here.

Earlier on Sunday 7 October, weather permitting, StAnza are holding a special autumn poetry walk. Take in some of the sights and sounds of St Andrews, listen to poems about the season and the natural world. Scheduled to start at 3pm from the Byre Theatre garden, this is a free event – just turn up. For more details email