StAnza Festival 2018

StAnza 2018 : 7-11 March, 2018

Location: St Andrews, Fife
Tickets on sale: early January 2018

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It’s that time of year again! Between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 March 2018, we’ll be filling the town of St Andrews with all things poetical – and we do hope you’ll join us. We’ve got a jam packed programme for you, with events, installations and exhibitions which celebrate and interrogate this year’s festival themes of Borderlines and The Self.

While questions about Borderlines open up increasingly fraught debate in the world we live in, borders are often the most productive space for poetry: after all, art is all about a meeting of differences, about opening up to the unexpected, about being able to hold opposites together. Of course, poetry also allows us to cross the borders between the self and the other, and in our second theme for 2018 we’ll be considering how The Self is expressed in poetry, and looking to open up questions of identity and character.

We’re excited about a particularly international line-up this year, with poets and artists joining us from China, Korea, New Zealand, Trinidad, Germany, Ireland, Estonia, the Netherlands and Flanders. Complementing this is our Going Dutch focus, shining the spotlight on poetry and culture from Flanders and the Netherlands and poets there who write in Dutch and Frisian. And of course we’ll be showcasing UK-based poets, artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers, both those at the top of their game and emerging voices to get excited about. Through readings, performances and discussions, film, music and exhibitions, workshops and open mics, StAnza 2018 explores and celebrates the whole range and spectrum of poetry today, from spoken word to concrete poetry. We look forward to seeing you there!

StAnza 2018 : 7 - 11 March : Gallery

Photos of poets and others taking part in StAnza 2018 and some of our favourite venue or atmosphere shots of St Andrews

More than 60 poets will take part in about 100 events

Headline Poets for 2018 include:

Gillian Allnutt
Tara Bergin
Mark Ford
William Letford
Liz Lochhead
Sinéad Morrissey
Miriam Nash
Don Paterson
Michael Symmons Roberts
Ko Un



12 – a collective writing project
Katie Ailes
Gillian Allnutt
Maria Apichella
Polly Atkin
Ruth Aylett
Jan Baeke
Hinemoana Baker
Victoria Bennett
Jill Bennett
Tara Bergin
Andrew Blair
Rachael Boast
John Bolland
Marie-Elsa Bragg
Pamela Breda
Brother Anthony of Taizé
Tsead Bruinja
Byre Youth Theatre
Cai Tianxin
Paul-Henri Campbell
Vahni Capildeo
Lyn Coffin
Anne Laure Coxam
Ian Crockatt
Lynn Davidson
Christine De Luca
Ash Dickinson
Barbara Dickson
Karyn Dougan
Douglas Dunn
Patrick James Errington
Sally Evans
David Eyre
Andy Fierens
Martin Figura
Mark Ford
Ashley Foster
Miriam Gamble
Magi Gibson
Georgi Gill
Marjorie Lotfi Gill
John Glenday
Jane Goldman
Katie Hale
Will Harris
Hamish Hawk
Rachel Hazell
Oli Hazzard
W.N. Herbert
Rita Ann Higgins
Sara Hirsch
Helen Ivory
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Paula Jennings
Brian Johnstone
Julie Johnstone
Chris Jones
Stephen Jones
Doris Kareva
Sigrid Kingma
Vanessa Kisuule
Zaffar Kunial
Helen Lawrenson
Iona Lee
William Letford
Jenny Lindsay
Pippa Little
Liz Lochhead
Gerry Loose
Owen Lowery
Lindsay Macgregor
Martin MacIntyre
Maggie Mackay
Rob A. Mackenzie
Jim Mackintosh
Main Street Blues
Nichola Martin
Richie McCaffery
Iggy McGovern
Colin McGuire
Jane McKie
Esther Mijers
Thomas Möhlmann
Sinéad Morrissey
Theresa Muñoz
Daljit Nagra
Miriam Nash
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
Tonnus Oosterhoff
Jess Orr
Past Poets 2018
Don Paterson
Stuart Paterson
Luke Pell
Ester Naomi Perquin
Anne Pia
Rachel Plummer
Jacob Polley
John Quinn
Anindya Raychaudhuri
Hannah Raymond-Cox
Johann Reißer
Elizabeth Rimmer
Michael Symmons Roberts
Stewart Sanderson
Ulrike Almut Sandig
Catherine Sargeant
Finola Scott
Max Scratchmann
William Sieghart
Steve Smart
Frank Starik
Alice Tarbuck
Gregory Tate
Judith Taylor
Marie-Therese Taylor
Sheila Templeton
Geart Tigchelaar
David Vallis
Lies Van Gasse
Maud Vanhauwaert
Alan Vest
Stephen Watt
Morag Wells
Jay Whittaker
Colin Will
JL Williams
Christie Williamson
Catherine Wilson

* Programme may be adjusted prior to tickets going on sale

Venues: The Byre Theatre – Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room and foyers, St John’s Undercroft, Parliament Hall, St Mary's Hall, The Town Hall - Supper Room & Council Chamber, The Public Library, the Preservation Trust Museum, The Green Room, J&G Innes, Zest, Fraser Gallery and others to be announced.

Funding for 2018

StAnza is funded by Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Fife Council and supported by the University of St Andrews, the School of English, StayInStAndrews and St Leonards. For 2018 we are also grateful for support from Al-Maktoum College Community Fund through Foundation Scotland, Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Flanders Literature, The Government of Flanders, LTI Korea, the British Council, the Estonian Literature Centre, and the Goethe-Institut.