Free Events

Saturday 6th

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2021

Sat 6 March | 19:00 - 20:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

StAnza 2021 Launch Party »

Join our Zoom party to celebrate the festival launch

Sat 6 March | 20:00 - 21:00 | FREE | StAnza Zoom

Sunday 7th

Poetry and Meditation »

Readings and meditation to start the day

Sun 7 March | 10:30 - 11:30 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity

Sun 7 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Colette Bryce

Sun 7 March | 12:00 - 13:10 | FREE | StAnza Zoom

Oor Big Braw Cosmos »

Cosmic science, poetry and imagery with Rab Wilson

Sun 7 March | 16:00 - 17:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

A Tribute: Roddy Lumsden »

Poets and friends celebrate the life and work of a son of St Andrews

Sun 7 March | 18:30 - 20:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Monday 8th

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Mon 8 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Meet the Artist »

Join Marina Kazakova to learn about her work on symphonic poetry

Mon 8 March | 12:30 - 13:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Poems Aloud »

St Andrews University Library Poetry Recitation Competition

Mon 8 March | 16:00 - 17:00 | FREE | StAnza Zoom

Poets at Home »

Ella Frears introduces us to her writing set-up

Mon 8 March | 17:30 - 17:45 | FREE | StAnza Online

Translating Poetries »

Readings from poets and translators shortlisted for the Sarah Maguire Prize

Mon 8 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Tuesday 9th

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Tue 9 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Meet the Artists »

Chris McCabe, Astra Papachristodolou and Jinhhao Xie on Instagram poetry

Tue 9 March | 12:30 - 13:00 | free/ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Poets at Home »

Notebooks and word documents with Will Harris

Tue 9 March | 17:30 - 17:45 | FREE | StAnza Online

Past & Present: Edwin Morgan »

StAnza’s regular Past & Present strand goes audio with Free Vers(e)

Tue 9 March | 18:00 - 18:45 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim Liardet

Tue 9 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Wednesday 10th

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Wed 10 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Meet the Artist »

Hear Ifor ap Glyn, Peter Mackay, Ciara ní É and Pól Mag Uidhir talk about ‘Bàrd- File – Bardd’

Wed 10 March | 12:30 - 13:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Poetry in the Garden »

Poetry al fresco

Wed 10 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | Free/Ticketed | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Garden

Poets at Home »

Out on the downs with poet and translator Sasha Dugdale

Wed 10 March | 15:30 - 15:45 | FREE | StAnza Online

The Last Model »

A showcase of Latgalian poetry

Wed 10 March | 16:30 - 17:15 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Adam Zagajewski, Russell Jones

Wed 10 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Thursday 11th

Past & Present »

Rob A. Mackenzie on Miroslav Holub; Helena Nelson on Ruth Pitter's light verse

Thu 11 March | 11:00 - 12:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Thu 11 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Walk »

Join Helen Boden for a live or virtual poetry walk along the Fife Coastal Path

Thu 11 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | Free/Ticketed | British Golf Museum

The StAnza Lecture: Access All Areas »

Jacqueline Saphra on form and revolution

Thu 11 March | 16:00 - 17:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Past & Present: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff »

StAnza’s regular Past & Present strand goes audio with The Dead Ladies Show

Thu 11 March | 18:00 - 18:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Raymond Antrobus, Volha Hapeyeva

Thu 11 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Between the Covers »

Round off your day with poetry from Larry Butler

Thu 11 March | 22:00 - 22:15 | FREE | StAnza Online

Friday 12th

Poets at Home »

A special session with Caroline Bird

Fri 12 March | 08:30 - 08:45 | FREE | StAnza Online

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity

Fri 12 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Café: Ink Asher Hemp »

Lunchtime spoken word from an exciting new voice on the Scottish scene

Fri 12 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

ReadingMona Kareem, Michael Grieve

Fri 12 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Past & Present »

StAnza goes audio with the New Caribbean Voices podcast

Fri 12 March | 18:00 - 18:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

ReadingJericho Brown, Jonathan Edwards

Fri 12 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Risk a Verse »

Our Friday night open mic goes digital

Fri 12 March | 21:00 - 22:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Between the Covers »

Poetry at bedtime from Sheila Templeton

Fri 12 March | 22:00 - 22:15 | FREE | StAnza Online

Saturday 13th

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Make It New »

Wake up and smell the poetry

Sat 13 March | 10:00 - 11:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Walk »

Join Beth McDonough for a live or virtual poetry walk around Tentsmuir

Sat 13 March | 11:15 - 12:15 | Free/Ticketed | Tentsmuir

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity

Sat 13 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Café: Courtney Conrad »

Lunchtime poetry from a BBC slam finalist

Sat 13 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poets at Home »

In the hammock with Malika Booker

Sat 13 March | 13:30 - 13:45 | FREE | StAnza Online

Beyond Any Curtain »

Myroslav Laiuk, Lyuba Yakimchuk, Roseanne Watt & Andrew Blair launch our Scottish/Ukrainian translation project

Sat 13 March | 14:00 - 15:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Poetry Pie »

Roger McGough in a special event for children

Sat 13 March | 14:00 - 14:20 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Maria Stepanova with translator Sasha Dugdale, Aileen Ballantyne

Sat 13 March | 16:00 - 17:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Ilya Kaminsky, Inua Ellams

Sat 13 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

The StAnza Slam »

Spoken word with an edge, with MC Hannah Raymond-Cox

Sat 13 March | 21:00 - 22:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Between the Covers »

Poetry at bedtime with Rachel Long

Sat 13 March | 22:00 - 22:15 | FREE | StAnza Online

Sunday 14th

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Translation »

Translators discuss transposing poetry from Slavic languages

Sun 14 March | 10:00 - 11:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry in the Garden »

Poetry al fresco with Gordon Meade

Sun 14 March | 11:30 - 12:00 | Free/Ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Inspire Session »

Writing prompts to spark your own creativity

Sun 14 March | 12:00 - 12:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Café: Desree »

Lunchtime spoken word from Desree

Sun 14 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Market »

Presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines

Sun 14 March | 14:30 - 15:15 | FREE | StAnza Zoom

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Christopher Whyte, Jane Frank

Sun 14 March | 16:00 - 17:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Centre Stage »

Reading: Colette Bryce, Valzhyna Mort

Sun 14 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | FREE | StAnza Online

Festival Finale »

Party out the festival to music from Claire Hastings

Sun 14 March | 20:30 - 21:30 | FREE | StAnza Zoom

Exhibitions, Films & Installations

Almost Poetry »

Bringing St Andrews to you, as never seen before

Fri 1 January - Wed 31 March | 00:00 - 23:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Dial-a-Poem »

A hotline for poetry

Fri 15 January - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Children’s Poetry Trail »

A poetry trail from one of America’s best loved children’s writers. (No charge for the Poetry Trail outdoors or to view online, but the Botanic Gardens do have entrance charges for adults except on Friday 5 March: £6/£5/free)

Fri 5 March - Sun 14 March | 10:00 - 16:00 | FREE | St Andrews Botanic Gardens

250 Days of Covid »

Clive Birnie narrates his experience of Long Covid using a collage of fragments

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

A Plague of Poems »

Hugh McMillan curates a short edition of his lockdown summer project

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Bàrd – File – Bardd »

Showcasing the Welsh, Irish and Scots Gaelic filmpoem project

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Big Riches in Little Rooms »

A poetry game created by Calum Rodger

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Bookart »

A poetic project to make at home, from Rachel Hazell

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Choose Your Own Adventure! »

A guided poetic tour of St Andrews

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Collective Amnesia »

Sound, music and poetry from Koleka Putuma

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Concrete Scotland »

Greg Thomas reflects on Scottish poetry and the concrete poetry movement 

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

From Bad to Verse »

A short film about Scotlands self-styled worst poet

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Instagram Poetry for Every Day »

A sample of visual poetry curated by Chris McCabe

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

I’MMACULATE »

I’MMACULATE: Textual play with words by Kate Tough and images by Mariana Parisca

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Makar/Unmakar »

A showcase of the Tapsalteerie anthology celebrating innovative contemporary poetry

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Make it New »

New poems commissioned by StAnza respond to unlikely machines

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

No Rhyme nor Reason »

New poems commissioned by StAnza respond to the weird and wonderful

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Nonsense! »

Commissioned poems responding to classic nonsense verse

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Loops »

A selection of filmpoems

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Poetry Windows »

Help us make a window for poetry

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Postcards to Poetry »

When you cannot come to StAnza, poetry can still come to you

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

StAnza Before The Storm (Online) »

From the sketchbook of Katrine Lyck, StAnza’s 2020/21 artist in residence

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

THIS »

An interactive poetry reading, created by Steve Smart and Rebecca Sharp

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Trafika Europe »

From the Trafika Europe Radio archives, specially for StAnza

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Where are the birds taking me? »

Nine prints of birds by Lisa Hooper, with poems by Ken Cockburn

Sat 6 March - Sun 14 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

WindowSwap »

Newly commissioned poems inspired by the WindowSwap project

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online