StAnza Festival 2020

Photo: David Vallis Photography

StAnza 2020 : 4-8 March, 2020

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

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
Juana Adcock
Katie Ailes
Deborah Alma
Anthony Anaxagorou
Jan Baeke
Zoe Benbow
Jay Bernard
Maria Björklund
Ida Börjel
Colin Bramwell
Matthew Caley
Gerry Cambridge
Nancy Campbell
Yolanda Castaño
Kyra Clegg
Valerie Coffin Price
Sophie Collins
Wendy Cope
Sarah Corbett
Ian Crockatt
Anna Crowe
Jim Crumley
Shehzar Doja
Jenny Elliott
Catherine Eunson
Suzannah V. Evans
Alec Finlay
Carolyn Forché
Katie Garner
Steven Gellatly
Stephanie Green
Andrew Greig
Jen Hadfield
Lesley Harrison
Oli Hazzard
Sonja Heyer
Lynne Hjelmgaard
Tom Humberstone
Hanan Issa
Astrid Jaekel
R. A. Jamieson
Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones
JOOT Theatre Company
Mimi Khalvati
Linda Klakken
Daisy Lafarge
Morten Langeland
Maja Lee Langvad
Michael Longley
Cat Loud
Katrine Lyck
Cecilie Løveid
Lachlan Mackinnon
Jim Mackintosh
Sabrina Mahfouz
Roderick Manson
Robyn Marsack
Val McDermid
Alannah Moar
Deborah Moffatt
Denis Mollison
Marion F. Morrison
Helena Nelson
Niall O'Gallagher
Past Poets 2020
Alycia Pirmohamed
Rachel Plummer
D.A. Powell
Pauline Prior-Pitt
Rachel Rankin
Eleanor Rees
James Robertson
Johan Sandberg McGuinne
Carolyn Scott
Agnes Scott Langeland
Andy Sim
Zoë Skoulding
Steve Smart
Eòghan Stiùbhart
Angie Strachan
Emma Sutton
Pauli Tapio
Joelle Taylor
Tim Turnbull
Charlotte Van den Broeck
Tony Walsh
Roseanne Watt
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 and the Goethe-Institut.