Coast Lines

Coast Lines

Join us to explore how Scotland's culture has been influenced by our coasts. More widely we’ll be asking how poetry engages with and responds to seas, rivers and other bodies of waters, and how we are connected with poets beyond our seas, especially with our Nordic neighbours. For Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, StAnza 2020 offers a programme in which the engagement of poets with rivers, seas and coastlines will ebb and flow through readings, performances and discussions, from this year’s lecture Mother Ocean delivered by Matthew Caley, through a Past & Present session on mermaids in poems, to a workshop, to a performance of music and poetry inspired by the shores and storms of North Uist. Look out too for newly commissioned poems responding to the sea and for poems washed up in bottles.

“Tonight the coast of seven stars sparks
bright against the shoreline's shroud.”

from Tonight by Colin Bramwell

Berlin Water »

Valerie Coffin Price responds to the waterways of Berlin and the poetry of Stephanie Green

Mon 10 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

StAnza’s Listening Booth: North Uist Sea Poems »

Poems and music by Pauline Prior-Pitt and Catherine Eunson

Wed 4 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Coastlines: Sea poetry from Tentsmuir »

A relaxed poetry reading from Anna Crowe, Jim Crumley and others

Wed 4 March | 14:00 - 15:45 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Message in a Bottle »

Bottles filled with poems washed up on these shores

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 17:15 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Wain »

Watercolours responding to Rachel Plummer’s re-imagining of Scottish myths

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Poetry Walk: In a kingdom by the sea »

Encounter verse around town

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 11:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Theatre Garden

Portraits of the Edge »

A digital installation of poems by Roderick Manson responding to Denis Mollison’s stunning photographs

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Coast Lines »

Poems commissioned for the festival respond to coastal images

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Expeditions »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts held by the University of St Andrews’ Museum

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Coastal writing »

A poetry workshop led by Lesley Harrison

Thu 5 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £7.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Border Crossings »

Reading: Johan Sandberg McGuinne, Gerry Cambridge

Thu 5 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

The StAnza 2020 Lecture: Mother, Mother Ocean »

Matthew Caley on Modernist women's poetics and the sea

Thu 5 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Coast Lines »

Wake up and smell the poetry!

Fri 6 March | 10:00 - 11:10 | £5/£4 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Meet the Artist »

Roderick Manson and Denis Mollison discuss Portraits of the Edge

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Border Crossings »

Reading: Zoë Skoulding, Pauli Tapio

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Fri 6 March | 14:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Poetry at Sunset »

North Uist Sea Poems with Pauline Prior-Pitt and Catherine Eunson

Fri 6 March | 19:00 - 19:40 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Sat 7 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Border Crossings »

Reading: Eleanor Rees, Oli Hazzard

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Meet the Artist »

Talk to the collaborators behind Berlin Water and Berlin Umbrella

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Meet the Artist »

Meet the poet behind the Carnegie-nominated Wain

Sat 7 March | 16:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Border Crossings »

Reading: Suzannah V. Evans, Jay G. Ying

Sun 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Gaelic Writers Showcase »

Reading: Deborah Moffatt, Eòghan Stiùbhart, Sandy NicDhomhnaill Jones, Niall O’Gallagher

Sun 8 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street