Due North

Due North
Photo: Chris Akinlusi

The North is often a subjective notion but from our base in St Andrews we turn our compass northwards in 2020, with a focus on poetry from Shetland, the northern isles and from Scandinavia. Join us to consider ideas of Northness in the context of Scotland, the UK, Scandinavia and elsewhere, and to hear poetry about the North Atlantic and Greenland. This theme connects with our translated language focuses for 2020 on Gaelic and the Nordic languages, and also re-engages with concerns explored at StAnza 2020 about the climate crisis.

“Since I can’t post a letter this far north,
I’m sending you an Arctic snowstorm”

from Oqqersuut / The Message by Nancy Campbell

StAnza’s Listening Booth: North Uist Sea Poems »

Poems and music by Pauline Prior-Pitt and Catherine Eunson

Wed 4 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Message in a Bottle »

Bottles filled with poems washed up on these shores

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 17:15 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Wain »

Watercolours responding to Rachel Plummer’s re-imagining of Scottish myths

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Portraits of the Edge »

A digital installation of poems by Roderick Manson responding to Denis Mollison’s stunning photographs

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Coast Lines »

Poems commissioned for the festival respond to coastal images

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Poetry Loops »

Loop showings of filmpoems

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Expeditions »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts held by the University of St Andrews’ Museum

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic »

A digital installation of Nancy Campbell’s evocative Arctic alphabet

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Border Crossings »

Reading: Johan Sandberg McGuinne, Gerry Cambridge

Thu 5 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Meet the Artist »

Roderick Manson and Denis Mollison discuss Portraits of the Edge

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry at Sunset »

North Uist Sea Poems with Pauline Prior-Pitt and Catherine Eunson

Fri 6 March | 19:00 - 19:40 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Due North »

Wake up and smell the poetry!

Sat 7 March | 10:00 - 11:10 | £5/£4 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Past & Present »

Ian Crockatt on Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson; Agnes Scott Langeland on Stein Mehren

Sat 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Small Hall

Meet the Artist »

Meet the poet behind the Carnegie-nominated Wain

Sat 7 March | 16:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Gaelic Writers Showcase »

Reading: Deborah Moffatt, Eòghan Stiùbhart, Sandy NicDhomhnaill Jones, Niall O’Gallagher

Sun 8 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street