StAnza Festival 2018

StAnza 2018 : 7-11 March, 2018

Location: St Andrews, Fife
Programme launched online: 30 November
Tickets on sale: early January 2018


Festival Themes

Each festival focuses on two themes which interweave with one another to give every StAnza its own unique flavour.

Our themes for StAnza 2018 will be Borderlines and The Self.

As the issue of borders becomes ever more topical and fraught, Borderlines, our first theme for 2018, opens up a dialogue on how poetry can respond to and engage with a world connected through culture but divided on maps. Festivals themselves are liminal spaces, taking place at the borders of the everyday and acting as transformative experiences, meeting places for the unexpected. We shall also explore the borders blurred when different artforms find common ground.

For our second theme, we consider issues around the presence or absence of The Self in poetry, looking at persona and masks versus autobiography and memoir, ego or id. We shall be asking how poetry engages with the physical and mental self as well as with the political and personal self, and how poetry approaches and reflects historic as well as contemporary issues around identity.

Through and beyond these themes, we’ll also be celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

*Poets taking part in 2018 include:

Gillian Allnut
Tara Bergin
Mark Ford
William Letford
Liz Lochhead
Sinéad Morrissey
Miriam Nash
Don Paterson
Michael Symmons Roberts
Ko Un

* 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, J&G Innes, Zest, Fraser Gallery and others to be announced.

Funding for 2018

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