StAnza Festival 2018

StAnza 2018 : 7-11 March, 2018

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

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 Belgium. Complementing this is our Going Dutch focus, shining the spotlight on Dutch, Frisian and Flemish, the three languages of the Low Countries. 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
Polly Atkin
Jan Baeke
Hinemoana Baker
Tara Bergin
Andrew Blair
Rachael Boast
Marie-Elsa Bragg
Brother Anthony of Taizé
Tsead Bruinja
Byre Youth Theatre
Vahni Capildeo
Anne Laure Coxam
Lynn Davidson
Ash Dickinson
Douglas Dunn
Sally Evans
Andy Fierens
Martin Figura
Mark Ford
Ashley Foster
Miriam Gamble
Georgi Gill
John Glenday
Jane Goldman
Katie Hale
Will Harris
Rachel Hazell
Oli Hazzard
W.N. Herbert
Rita Ann Higgins
Sara Hirsch
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Paula Jennings
Brian Johnstone
Julie Johnstone
Stephen Jones
Chris Jones
Doris Kareva
Vanessa Kisuule
Ko Un
Zaffar Kunial
Iona Lee
William Letford
Jenny Lindsay
Liz Lochhead
Owen Lowery
Lindsay Macgregor
Martin MacIntyre
Jim Mackintosh
Iggy McGovern
Jane McKie
Thomas Möhlmann
Sinéad Morrissey
Theresa Muñoz
Daljit Nagra
Miriam Nash
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
Jess Orr
Past Poets 2018
Don Paterson
Luke Pell
Ester Naomi Perquin
Anne Pia
Jacob Polley
Anindya Raychaudhuri
Hannah Raymond-Cox
Johann Reißer
Elizabeth Rimmer
Michael Symmons Roberts
Ulrike Almut Sandig
Catherine Sargeant
Steve Smart
Frank Starik
Alice Tarbuck
Gregory Tate
Judith Taylor
Cai Tianxin
Lies Van Gasse
Maud Vanhauwaert
Alan Vest
Morag Wells
Jay Whittaker
Colin Will
JL Williams
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 the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Flanders Literature, LTI Korea and the Goethe-Institut.