Taking Part

Photo: Helena Fornells

The festival has a strong commitment to offering opportunities for audience members to work with participating poets experienced in teaching the skills of creative writing. Workshops are open to a maximum of 16 persons who will have the opportunity to work directly with a poet while the StAnza Masterclass is also open to the general public to both listen and participate. The festival also includes Poetry Breakfast panel discussions, Open Mic Sessions and other events where those attending can get involved in lively debate, perform their own poetry, join poets in exploring the environment or browse selected poetry publications. For the more outgoing, the popular StAnza Slam seeks and finds the winner of the coveted annual Slampionship title.

Almost Poetry »

Bringing St Andrews to you, as never seen before

Fri 1 January | 00:00 - 23:00 | FREE | StAnza Online

Resolve to Make it New »

A participatory project to make do and mend

Thu 21 January | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

THIS »

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

Sat 6 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Make it New »

New poems commissioned by StAnza respond to unlikely machines

Sat 6 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Eco Poetry: the Political and the Personal »

Join our first creative writing workshop for StAnza 2021, led by poet Marvin Thompson

Sat 6 March | 14:30 - 16:00 | £10 | StAnza Zoom

StAnza 2021 Launch Party »

Join our Zoom party to celebrate the festival launch

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

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

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

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

Old English for Poets »

A workshop on variation and alliteration led by Chris Jones

Mon 8 March | 14:00 - 15:30 | £10 | StAnza Zoom

Poems Aloud »

St Andrews University Library Poetry Recitation Competition

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

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

Worth a thousand words »

A poetry workshop led by Nadine Aisha Jassat

Wed 10 March | 14:00 - 15:30 | £10 | StAnza Zoom

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity

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

Risk a Verse »

Our Friday night open mic goes digital

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity

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

The StAnza Slam, sleepover style »

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

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

Inspire Session »

Writing prompts to spark your own creativity

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

Poetry Market »

Presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines

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

Festival Finale »

Party out the festival to music from Claire Hastings

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