Talks & Conversations

Photo: Dave Vallis

Each festival is launched by a public figure with a connection to one of the festival’s themes or with an interest in poetry or the arts in general. The long-running In Conversation events focus on a single poet or writer and are an opportunity to encounter them in a more informal setting. Each event features a discussion of their life and writing – often focusing on one of the festival’s themes – and includes readings of a few poems – either the writer’s own or a selection of their personal favourites. The StAnza Lecture has been running since 2002 and has, over the years, sparked controversy, inspired reappraisals and highlighted new approaches. An innovation since 2008, Poetry Breakfasts offer a relaxed start to the day with a group of poets chatting about their poetry and the poetry scene with which they are familiar, finding some things in common, some differences, and reading one or two poems - an ideal introduction to the poets and their poetry.

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity, with Deborah Moffat

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

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity, with John Glenday

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

Poets at Home »

Ella Frears asks who is driving the poem

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity, with Joelle Taylor

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

Meet the Artists »

Chris McCabe, Astra Papachristodoulou and Jinhao 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 | 17:00 - 17:10 | FREE | StAnza Online

Found in translation: from StAnza to Skopje »

Poetry between between Britain and Macedonia, with Peter Mackay, Tania Hershman, Mitko Gogov and Katica Kulavkova

Tue 9 March | 17:30 - 18:30 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Past & Present: Edwin Morgan »

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

Tue 9 March | 18:30 - 19:15 | FREE | StAnza Online

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity, with Gerry Cambridge

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

Poets at Home »

Out on the downs with poet and translator Sasha Dugdale

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

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, with Anthony Anaxagorou

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

The StAnza Lecture: Access All Areas »

Jacqueline Saphra on form and revolution (with BSL interpretation)

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

Past & Present: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff »

Join us for a specia Dead Ladies Show/Past & Present crossover

Thu 11 March | 18:00 - 18:40 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Poets at Home »

Caroline Bird shares the faces she makes when she's writing

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

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity, with Mhairi Owens

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

Round Table »

A special session with Tishani Doshi

Fri 12 March | 14:00 - 14:45 | £7 | StAnza Zoom

Past & Present »

StAnza goes audio with the New Caribbean Voices podcast

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

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Make It New »

Wake up and smell the poetry

Sat 13 March | 10:00 - 11:15 | FREE | StAnza Online

Inspire Session »

A brief session to spark your own creativity, with Shehzar Doja

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

Poets at Home »

In the hammock with Malika Booker

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

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Translation »

Translators discuss transposing poetry from Slavic languages

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

Inspire Session »

Writing prompts to spark your own creativity, with Jen Hadfield

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

Festival Finale »

Party out the festival to music from Claire Hastings

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