StAnza 2019 : 6-10 March, 2019
Location: St Andrews, Fife
Tickets on sale: via the Byre Theatre, either online, in person or on 01334 475 000
It’s StAnza time again! 2019 will be A Year of Conversation in Scotland, so we hope you’ll all have plenty to say about our 22nd annual festival. Between Wednesday 6 and Sunday 10 March 2019, the town of St Andrews will be overflowing with all things poetical – and we do hope you’ll join us. We have a packed programme for you - including an extended eve-of-festival workshop on Tuesday 5 March – with events, installations and exhibitions which celebrate and interrogate this year’s festival themes of Another Place and Off the Page.
With the concept of ‘the other’ seeming ever more charged, in our first theme for 2019, we're showcasing poets who look beyond the familiar to explore new places and ideas, Our world is changing around us, with climate change and political upheaval threatening the future we’d expected – global warming, Brexit, right-wing extremism. Can poetry offer creative and constructive approaches towards such issues? Our second theme explores poetry's relationship with the medium it's written on, probing the materiality of the book, and enjoying poetry presented in ways which remove it from the page.
Our international line-up this year features poets from Colombia, Jamaica, Canada, Germany, Hungary and the USA. Complementing this is this year’s translation and culture focus on the Mediterranean and Beyond, with poets from Italy, Spain, Greece, Palestine and Colombia. And of course, we’ll be showcasing UK-based poets, artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers, both those at the top of their game and emerging voices to get excited about. Through readings, performances and discussions, film, music and exhibitions, workshops and open mics, StAnza 2019 explores and celebrates the whole range and spectrum of poetry today, from spoken word to concrete poetry, offering a multi-layered festival experience with something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there!
StAnza 2019 : 6 - 10 March : Gallery
Photos of poets and others taking part in StAnza 2019 and some of our favourite venue or atmosphere shots of St Andrews
More than 80 poets will take part in around 100 events
Headline Poets for 2019 include:
* 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, The Town Hall - Supper Room & Council Chamber, The Public Library, the Preservation Trust Museum, The Green Room, J&G Innes, Zest, Fraser Gallery, the Archaeology Room and Martyrs Kirk.
Funding for 2019
StAnza is funded by Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Fife Council and supported by the University of St Andrews, the School of English, St Andrews Community Trust, St Leonards and StayInStAndrews, with additional support for 2019 from ProHelvetia, the Hungarian Cultural Centre London and the Goethe-Institut.