Safe Spaces

StAnza aims to create a respectful, understanding and kind space where all people feel able to explore poetry. We want to be a safe, empowering, welcoming space of discovery for all poetry lovers and those new to poetry, especially those historically on the margins.

The following is a guideline, it draws on the policies of others, and it should change as we learn and grow.

We are fully committed to diversity, respecting human rights and creating opportunities for access and participation. We strive at all times to operate transparently and to involve people across the organisation in decision-making.

We are committed to maximising the accessibility of our events and resources. It is important to us that we are known to provide a courteous, friendly, professional and non-discriminatory service and are continually working to ensure that all our staff, Board members, partners, volunteers, performers and audience members treat each other and are treated with respect. The StAnza team endeavour to demonstrate our values at all times.

We aim to proactively challenge oppression in everything we do. Our venues and events should be inclusive and supportive spaces for all, in particular for people of colour, those with disabilities, women (trans, intersex and cis) and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of each individual.

We define the following as abusive behaviours which are not tolerated in our venues or at events:

Verbal abuse

  • Personal insults: insults or aggression towards an individual.
  • Oppressive language: this includes (but is not limited to) any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or disablist language, including misgendering. Such language normalises prejudices, as well as creating a space that is unwelcoming to anybody outside of a narrow demographic.
  • Verbal Harassment, sexual or otherwise: repeated uninvited personal comments or requests.

Physical abuse

  • Violence and threat of violence.
  • Use of force and threat of force.
  • Rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

We ask the following of all readers, speakers and performers at StAnza:

  • Consent: before you touch anyone or discuss sensitive topics ask if they are comfortable with that. Don’t assume your physical and emotional boundaries are the same as other people’s.
  • Be aware of your privileges, including less obvious or invisible hierarchies. Think about how your words, opinions and feelings are influenced and who they might exclude or harm.