2017 Afterword

StAnza Afterword 2017

Photo: David Vallis Photography

Afterword 2017

Such a warm, creative and rich event. The session dedicated to mutual translations was a real happening with a lot of exchanges, work, laughter.  Michel Cassir

I have been delighted by every minute I spent at StAnza.  I loved every reading, and it's so nice to have this audience, it's so rare and precious.  Aurelia Lassaque

A splendid achievement, above all absolute quality in all fields. The audiences' generous applause has warmed my heart. Bravo. Jacques Darras

I love StAnza’s out-of-the-way centrality. Aonghas MacNeacail

Before we start to look towards StAnza 2018 and the poetry treats it promises, it’s time to pause and think back to the festival that came before. Bold, beautiful, brilliant, it brought us poetry to light up the days, poetry as a lifeline as the dark draws in, poetry to give us morning after hair.

Appropriately enough, given that one of our 2017 themes was On the Road, our 20th annual festival was also one of our most international. Poets from countries as far apart as Iceland and Italy, Catalonia and Quebec, joined poets, artists, musicians, writers and film-makers (listed below) from across the UK. From poetry breakfasts to late night jazz sessions, the best of emerging talent performed some of the UK’s leading voices in a programme of readings and performances, discussions and workshops, music and film.

The best festivals don’t just showcase poetry but also spark new work, and it was a joy to hear the poems created by our translation workshop (in partnership with the SPL) which brought together French and Scottish poets. Our wider French focus, La Nouvelle Alliance, celebrated and renewed the historical connections between Scotland and France and led to our first ever foreign-language poet in residence, Aurelia Lassaque, whose haunting snatches of songs and poems echoed through the festival.

As ever, poetry filled the town, spilling out of the stages and spaces of the Byre and our other venues and into the everyday. Poems murmured through the gardens of the Preservation Trust. Katherine McMahon and Harry Giles travelled as Poets on the Road between St Andrews, Leuchars and Dundee, sharing poetry with commuters and travelers. The new creations by Christodoulos Makris, our digital poet in residence, found their ways onto windows and mirrors and, sometimes, toilet doors. There was poetry which was playful, poetry which was personal, poetry which was political. Poetry which reeled us in and left us wanting more.

Until next year then…

StAnza 2017 : 1 - 5 March : Gallery

Photos of poets and others taking part in StAnza 2017 and some of our favourite venue or atmosphere shots of St Andrews

2017 Podcasts

The Scores: podcast interview at StAnza with Vahni Capildeo
The Scores: podcast interview at StAnza with Katharine Towers
The Scores: podcast interview at StAnza with Paul Stephenson
The Scores: podcast interview at StAnza with Robert Crawford

2017 Reviews and Interviews

The Skinny: Strong Words, Strange Times

The Scotsman: StAnza 2017 review

The List: Imprisoned poets

The List: It’s like an apprenticeship …

The List: Writing poetry in the age of Twitter and Facebook

The List: StAnza 2017 celebrates Scotland’s heritage and international partnerships


StAnza 2017 took place from 1-5 March, 2017

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Festival Themes

Our themes for StAnza 2017 were On The Road and the Heights of Poetry.

2017 Participants

Juana Adcock
John Agard
Patience Agbabi
Katie Ailes
Janette Ayachi
Aileen Ballantyne
Bob Beagrie
Tessa Berring
Norman Bissell
Helen Boden
Jane Bonnyman
Hamish Brown
Norma Brown
Hugh Bryden
Larry Butler
Ron Butlin
Michelle Cahill
Stuart B. Campbell
Vahni Capildeo
Jim Carruth
Michel Cassir
Kayo Chingonyi
Thomas A. Clark
Ken Cockburn
Norma-Ann Coleman
Stewart Conn
Robert Crawford
Anna Crowe
Jim Crumley
Jacques Darras
Michael Davenport
Barbara Davey
Sara Dennis
Sasha Dugdale
Patrick James Errington
David Evans
Vicki Feaver
Elaine Feinstein
Jerome Fletcher
Stewart Forth
Annabelle Fuller
Doug Garry
Harry Josephine Giles
Marjorie Lotfi Gill
Robin Gillanders
Valerie Gillies
Mark Goodwin
Geneviève Gosselin-G.
Henry Gough-Cooper
Susan Grant
Rachel Hazell
William Hershaw
Sarah Hesketh
Kev Howard
Sarah Howe
Vicki Husband
A.B. Jackson
Andy Jackson
Alastair Jackson
Kathleen Jamie
Keith Jarrett
Peter Jarvis
Mary Johnston
Leyla Josephine
Jackie Kay
Bas Kwakman
Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin
Peter Lagan
Jonathan Lamy
Aurélia Lassaque
Elodie Laügt
Iona Lee
Margaret Littlewood
Loud Poets
Sabine Macher
Hilke MacIntyre
Robin MacKenzie
Jim Mackintosh
Aonghas MacNeacail
Christodoulos Makris
Simon Manfield
Roderick Manson
Joan Margarit
Henry Marsh
Maram al- Massri
Lisa Matthews
Rachel McCrum
James McGonigal
Kevin Mclean
Neil McLennan
Katherine McMahon
LesleyMay Miller
Helen Mort
Fiona Morton
Timothy Neat
Alice Oswald
Past Poets 2017
Nalini Paul
Elizabeth Pickett
Jean Portante
Steve Pottinger
Julia Prescott
Claire Quigley
Lara Reid
James Robertson
Lloyd Robinson
Calum Rodger
Mark Russell
Justin Sales
Tonino Scalia
Kirsteen Scott
Moira Scott
Rebecca Sharp
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
Zoë Skoulding
Eddie Small
Paul Stephenson
Kenneth Steven
Tess Taylor
Jean Taylor
Katharine Towers
University Scholarship Brass Ensemble
Ryan Van Winkle
Paula Varjack
R.A. Villanueva
Stephen Watt
Sheena Wellington
David Wilson
Catherine Wilson

Funding for 2017

StAnza 2017 was funded by Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Fife Council and supported by the University of St Andrews, Institut Français, StayInStAndrews and St Leonards.