Readings

StAnza programmes a wide selection of readings throughout each festival: Poetry Centre Stage in The Byre, Five O'Clock Verses in Parliament Hall and others with their own identity. Introduced in 2010, Border Crossings have poets from different countries and languages reading in tandem. Showcase readings give a dedicated platform to poets connected with specific publications, awards or other countries, while Round Table readings offer the opportunity to encounter poetry in a very different way; the poet joins a very limited audience in an intimate venue to read poems, comment and chat.

Coastlines: Sea poetry from Tentsmuir »

A relaxed poetry reading from Anna Crowe, Jim Crumley and others

Wed 4 March | 14:00 - 15:45 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2020

Wed 4 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Inklight: the open mic »

Student poetry showcase

Wed 4 March | 21:45 - 23:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Border Crossings »

Reading: Shehzar Doja, Tim Turnbull

Thu 5 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Poetry Café: Angie Strachan and Colin Bramwell »

Lunchtime poetry from two of Scotland’s funniest spoken word poets

Thu 5 March | 13:00 - 13:50 | £7.00/£5.75 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Border Crossings »

Reading: Johan Sandberg McGuinne, Gerry Cambridge

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

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Alec Finlay, Charlotte Van den Broeck

Thu 5 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Poetry at Sunset »

Maitreyabandhu on Cezanne

Thu 5 March | 19:00 - 19:30 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Thursday evening
20:00 Reading – Anthony Anaxagorou
21:00 Reading – Jen Hadfield

Thu 5 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £10.00/£8.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

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

Border Crossings »

Reading: Zoë Skoulding, Pauli Tapio

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Round Table »

A special session with Jen Hadfield

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | £6.50/£5.00 | Fraser Gallery, South Street

Poetry Café: Sabrina Mahfouz »

Immediate, powerful, necessary poetry served up with a lunchtime snack

Fri 6 March | 13:00 - 13:50 | £7.00/£5.75 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Wigtown Poetry Prize Showcase »

Listen to winners and runners up from the biggest poetry competition in Scotland

Fri 6 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Border Crossings »

Reading: Hanan Issa, Jan Baeke

Fri 6 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Imprisoned Poets Reading »

Readings from the work of imprisoned poets

Fri 6 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poems Aloud »

St Andrews University Library Poetry Recitation Competition

Fri 6 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Round Table »

An intimate reading with Tony Walsh

Fri 6 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | £6.50/£5.00 | Albany Hotel, North Street

Meet the Artist »

Learn more about WrapperRhymes with Helena Nelson and Jenny Elliott

Fri 6 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Anna Crowe, Ida Börjel

Fri 6 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

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

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry to start your weekend in style
20:00 Reading –  Michael Longley
21:00 Reading – Carolyn Forché

Fri 6 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £10.00/£8.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Round Table »

An intimate reading with D.A. Powell

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | £6.50/£5.00 | Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street

Border Crossings »

Reading: Eleanor Rees, Oli Hazzard

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Meet the Artist »

Talk to the collaborators behind Berlin Water and Berlin Umbrella

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Edwin Morgan Trust showcase »

Three recent winners and runners up of the EMT prize share a stage

Sat 7 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Border Crossings »

Reading: Nancy Campbell, R.A. Jamieson

Sat 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Meet the Artist »

Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow share their responses to Dorothy Wordsworth

Sat 7 March | 14:30 - 15:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Found In Translation »

Join us for the first outing of work created at our Scottish/Norwegian translation showcase

Sat 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £5.50/£4.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Round Table »

A rare chance for a Round Table reading with Lachlan Mackinnon

Sat 7 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | £6.50/£5.00 | Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Jay Bernard, Yolanda Castaño

Sat 7 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Book Launch: Later that Day »

Join us for the launch of Andrew Greig’s newest collection

Sat 7 March | 18:15 - 18:45 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Collective Poetry Reading »

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading

Sat 7 March | 19:15 - 19:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Poetry Centre Stage »

A Saturday night to remember with a double bill of poetry (BSL-interpreted)
20:00 Reading – D.A. Powell
21:00 Reading – Mimi Khalvati

Sat 7 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £10.00/£8.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Border Crossings »

Reading: Suzannah V. Evans, Jay G. Ying

Sun 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

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

Border Crossings »

Readings
Lynne Hjelmgaard, Maja Langvad

Sun 8 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poetry Centre Stage »

Don’t miss Wendy Cope, our final headliner of the festival

Sun 8 March | 17:00 - 17:45 | £5.00/£4.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Hamish Matters »

A celebration of the life and legacy of Hamish Henderson through music and poetry collected, written and inspired by him

Sun 8 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £10.00/£8.00 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium