StAnza Festival 2019

Photo from above, showing a band playing and a number of people dancing

StAnza 2019 : 6-10 March, 2019

Location: St Andrews, Fife
Tickets on sale: early January 2019

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:

Menna Elfyn
Imtiaz Dharker
Ishion Hutchinson
Caroline Bird
Jacqueline Saphra
A.E. Stallings
John Burnside


Jill Abram
Laura Accerboni
Juana Adcock
Tolu Agbelusi
George Mario Angel Quintero
Efe Paul Azino
Merle L. Bachman
Harry Baker
Liz Berry
Caroline Bird
Lily Blacksell
John Bolland
Carly Brown
John Burnside
Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul
Michael Carroll
Mary Jean Chan
Anna Chapman Parker
Ken Cockburn
Anne Connolly
Robert Crawford
Peter Daniels
Rebecca DeWald
Imtiaz Dharker
Menna Elfyn
Patrick James Errington
Sally Evans
Lisa Fannen
Marco Fazzini
Mónika Ferencz
Helena Fornells
Ella Frears
Iain Galbraith
Richard Gwyn
Will Harris
Diana Hendry
Ramona Herdman
Tom Humberstone
Ishion Hutchinson
Astrid Jaekel
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Joe with the Glasses
Brian Johnstone
Chris Jones
Hannah Lavery
Shara Lessley
Sara Lodge
Pàdraig MacAoidh
Alex MacDonald
Jim Mackintosh
Nichola Martin
Richie McCaffery
Jay MillAr
Fiona Moore
J.O. Morgan
Simona Nastac
Helena Nelson
Ben Norris
David Owen Norris
Past Poets 2019
Nalini Paul
Josep Pedrals
Luke Pell
Jon Plunkett
Tom Pow
Claudio Pozzani
Arne Rautenberg
Jacqueline Saphra
Natasha Saunders
Kathrine Sowerby
Alan Spence
A.E. Stallings
Gerda Stevenson
Matthew Stewart
Em Strang
Rebecca Sweetman
Balázs Szőllőssy
Caroline Teague
Krisztina Tóth
Kate Tough
Lindsay Turk
Mark Wilde
Ross Wilson
Antosh Wojcik
Belinda Zhawi

* 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 Leonards and StayInStAndrews, with additional support for 2019 from the Hungarian Cultural Centre London and the Goethe-Institut.