StAnza Festival 2017

StAnza 2017 : 1-5 March, 2017

Location: St Andrews, Fife
Programme launched online: 30 November
Tickets on sale: early January 2017

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Festival Themes

StAnza 2017 will be our 20th annual festival and we hope you’ll come and help us celebrate. Each year, StAnza focuses on two themes which weave around each other. For Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, our first theme will be The Heights of Poetry, celebrating hills and mountains and asking how poetry can create and climb its own high places.

In the Middle Ages, the Pilgrim Way crossed Fife heading for St Andrews Cathedral. Now each year people journey here for poetry. Our second theme in 2017 is On the Road, and we’ll be looking at all manner of travel and journeys. And following on from the success of our first dedicated translated language focus last March, we’ll revisit the historical ‘Auld Alliance’ with La Nouvelle Alliance, a special French-language focus.

The international line-up of poets, artists, musicians, writers and film-makers listed below who will feature in this programme includes some of today’s leading names from the UK and exciting newer voices. They will be joined by poets from France, Luxembourg, Iceland, South Africa, the USA, Cyprus (via Dublin) and Australia who come together to deliver around 100 readings, performances and discussions, and music and film events, along with workshops and a plethora of other opportunities to get involved. Take a look at our programme: from Breakfast at the Poetry Café to late night events in the café bar, StAnza 2017 offers a multi-layered festival experience with something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

More than 60 poets will take part in about 100 events

Headline Poets for 2017 include:

John Agard
Patience Agbabi
Vahni Capildeo
Jim Carruth
Robert Crawford
Jacques Darras
Sasha Dugdale
Elaine Feinstein
Sarah Howe
A. B. Jackson
Kathleen Jamie
Jackie Kay
Aurélia Lassaque
Joan Margarit
Alice Oswald


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
Matthew Caley
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 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
The Inklight Poets
Andy Jackson
A.B. 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

* Programme may be adjusted prior to tickets going on sale

Venues: The Byre Theatre – Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room and foyers, St John’s Undercroft, Parliament Hall, St Mary's Hall, The Town Hall - Supper Room & Council Chamber, The Public Library, the Preservation Trust Museum, The Green Room, Zest, Fraser Gallery and others to be announced.

Funding for 2017

StAnza is funded by Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Fife Council and supported by the University of St Andrews, StayInStAndrews and St Leonards.