StAnza Festival 2020

Photo: David Vallis Photography

StAnza 2020 : 4-8 March, 2020

Location: St Andrews, Fife
Tickets on sale: 14 January 2020

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Live Streaming from 3 events at StAnza 2020

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Sunday 8 March, 10.00-11.00 - Live Streaming

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For information on Sunday's event, see: Breakfast at the StAnza Poetry Café: panel discussion on translation


March is a month for poetry – and what a wealth of poetry we’ve got lined up for you! Between Wednesday 4 and Sunday 8 March 2020, St Andrews promises to be just brimming with verse: with readings, exhibitions and installations from some of the most exciting poets writing today. Whether you’re looking for poetry of witness, light verse or spoken word to make you laugh and cry – or if you simply need a poetic umbrella for a rainy day, we promise we’ve got you covered.

Researchers have found that spending time by the sea can be key to happiness—so perhaps it’s no surprise that poets down the centuries have been drawn to the coast. In our first theme for 2020, Coast Lines, we’ll be considering how our culture has been influenced by our coasts, as well as asking how poetry engages with and responds to seas and rivers. In our second theme, Due North, we’re following the compass needle to explore why the North has long been a place of fascination. We’ll also be celebrating poetry from Shetland, the Northern isles and our more northerly neighbours.

Our international line-up this year features poets and artists from Galicia, Belgium, Germany and the USA, as well as from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland as part of this year’s translation focus on Nordic languages. And as ever, we’re thrilled to be showcasing some of our favourite UK-based poets, artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers, whether these are at the top of their game or are emerging voices to get excited about. Through readings, performances and discussions, film, music and exhibitions, workshops and open mics, StAnza 2020 promises to explore and celebrate the widest range of poetry today, offering a rich festival experience with something for everyone. We can’t wait to see you there!

StAnza 2020 : 4 - 8 March : Gallery

Photos of poets and others taking part in StAnza 2019 and some of our favourite venue or atmosphere shots of St Andrews

More than 80 poets will take part in around 100 events

Headline Poets for 2020 include:

Anthony Anaxagorou

Jay Bernard

Ida Börjel

Yolanda Castaño

Wendy Cope

Anna Crowe

Alec Finlay

Carolyn Forché

Jen Hadfield

Michael Longley

Mimi Khalvati

D.A. Powell

Charlotte Van den Broeck



Jill Abram
Donald Adamson
Juana Adcock
Katie Ailes
Anthony Anaxagorou
Bryan Angus
Jan Baeke
Zoe Benbow
Jill Bennett
Jay Bernard
Beverley Bie Brahic
Maria Björklund
John Bolland
Helene Boppert
Ida Börjel
Colin Bramwell
Elspeth Brown
Matthew Caley
Gerry Cambridge
Nancy Campbell
Yolanda Castaño
Kyra Clegg
Ken Cockburn
Valerie Coffin Price
Sophie Collins
Sarah Corbett
David J. Costello
Ian Crockatt
Anna Crowe
Jim Crumley
Claudia Daventry
Lynn Davidson
Christine De Luca
Shehzar Doja
Robert Maxwell Duncan
Jenny Elliott
Catherine Eunson
Suzannah V. Evans
Penny Fielding
Alec Finlay
Carolyn Forché
Katie Garner
Steven Gellatly
Marjorie Lotfi Gill
Valerie Gillies
John Glenday
Stephanie Green
Andrew Greig
Jen Hadfield
Lesley Harrison
Oli Hazzard
Sonja Heyer
Lynne Hjelmgaard
Tom Humberstone
Vicki Husband
Maria Isakova Bennett
Astrid Jaekel
R. A. Jamieson
Brian Johnstone
Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones
JOOT Theatre Company
Stephen Keeler
Mimi Khalvati
Linda Klakken
Daisy Lafarge
Morten Langeland
Dorothy Lawrenson
Maja Lee Langvad
Michael Longley
Katrine Lyck
Poul Lynggaard Damgaard
Cecilie Løveid
Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
Hamish MacGregor
Jim Mackintosh
Robbie MacLeòid
Sabrina Mahfouz
Martin Malone
Roderick Manson
Mane Manushev
Robyn Marsack
Bejan Matur
Val McDermid
Alannah Moar
Deborah Moffatt
Denis Mollison
Marion F. Morrison
Katrina Naomi
Helena Nelson
Ruth Nicol
Niall O'Gallagher
Aileen Ogilvie
Mhairi Owens
Past Poets 2020
Jeda Pearl
Miranda Pearson
Clare Phillips
Alycia Pirmohamed
Rachel Plummer
D.A. Powell
Chris Powici
Pauline Prior-Pitt
John Quinn
Rachel Rankin
Eleanor Rees
Laurna Robertson
James Robertson
Julie-ann Rowell
Stina Saari
Johan Sandberg McGuinne
Carolyn Scott
Agnes Scott Langeland
Andy Sim
Zoë Skoulding
Steve Smart
Anne Stewart
Eòghan Stiùbhart
Pete Stollery
Angie Strachan
Emma Sutton
Pauli Tapio
Joelle Taylor
Sheila Templeton
Tim Turnbull
Charlotte Van den Broeck
Sheila Wakefield
Tony Walsh
Roseanne Watt
Christie Williamson
Luke Wright
Jay G. Ying

* Programme may be adjusted prior to tickets going on sale

Venues: Byre Theatre – Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room and foyers, St John’s Undercroft, Parliament Hall, Holy Trinity Church Halls, Public Library, Preservation Trust Museum, Green Room, J&G Innes, Zest, Fraser Gallery, Archaeology Room and Martyrs Kirk.

Funding for 2020

StAnza is funded by Creative Scotland, EventScotland, as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters, and Fife Council and supported by the University of St Andrews, the School of English and St Leonards, with additional support for 2020 from NORLA, the Norwegian Embassy in London, the Swedish Arts Council, the Goethe-Institut, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Flanders Literature.