Location: St Andrews, Fife
Programme launched online: 30 November
Tickets on sale: early January 2017
StAnza 2017 will be our 20th annual festival and we hope you’ll come and help us celebrate. Each year, StAnza focuses on two themes which weave around each other. For Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, our first theme will be The Heights of Poetry, celebrating hills and mountains and asking how poetry can create and climb its own high places.
In the Middle Ages, the Pilgrim Way crossed Fife heading for St Andrews Cathedral. Now each year people journey here for poetry. Our second theme in 2017 is On the Road, and we’ll be looking at all manner of travel and journeys. And following on from the success of our first dedicated translated language focus last March, we’ll revisit the historical ‘Auld Alliance’ with La Nouvelle Alliance, a special French-language focus.
The international line-up of poets, artists, musicians, writers and film-makers listed below who will feature in this programme includes some of today’s leading names from the UK and exciting newer voices. They will be joined by poets from France, Luxembourg, Iceland, South Africa, the USA, Cyprus (via Dublin) and Australia who come together to deliver around 100 readings, performances and discussions, and music and film events, along with workshops and a plethora of other opportunities to get involved. Take a look at our programme: from Breakfast at the Poetry Café to late night events in the café bar, StAnza 2017 offers a multi-layered festival experience with something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there!
Photos of poets and others taking part in StAnza 2017 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 2017 include:
A. B. Jackson
* 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, Zest, Fraser Gallery and others to be announced.