Free Events

Tuesday 5th

Bookbug! »

Rhymes, rhythms and word-filled fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers

Tue 5 March | 10:00 - 10:30 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square

Wednesday 6th

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Wed 6 March | 17:30 - 18:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Opening Night Music »

Stunning vocals from singer-songwriter Megan D

Wed 6 March | 20:45 - 21:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

The Inklight Poets »

Student poetry showcase

Wed 6 March | 21:45 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Thursday 7th

Poetry Walk: Another Place »

Encounter verse around town: led by Helena Fornells 

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Theatre Garden

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Thu 7 March | 10:30 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Poetic place names »

Make your own cartographic poetry

Thu 7 March | 10:30 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Thu 7 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Musings@MUSA »

A brief session at the Bell Pettigrew Museum to prompt your own creativity

Thu 7 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | Bell Pettigrew Museum

Taking Poetry to New Places »

Drop by in your lunchbreak for some poetry

Thu 7 March | 12:30 - 12:50 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Thu 7 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Meet Nichola Martin, the artist behind the Off the Shelf exhibition 

Thu 7 March | 13:40 - 17:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Meet the Artist »

Hear from Anna Chapman Parker on her exhibition ‘I sat till I could see no longer’

Thu 7 March | 13:40 - 14:10 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Thu 7 March | 15:00 - 15:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Hear poems from Lisa Fannen and discuss her installation, Plants, Politics and Power

Thu 7 March | 16:00 - 16:45 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

In this cold’s tending time (II) »

Check out the daily outcomes from this performative installation

Thu 7 March | 17:30 - 18:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Jazz Night at StAnza »

Jazz jam session with a spot for the occasional poem

Thu 7 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Friday 8th

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Fri 8 March | 10:30 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Poetic place names »

Make your own cartographic poetry

Fri 8 March | 10:30 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Fri 8 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Musings@MUSA »

A brief session at the Bell Pettigrew Museum to prompt your own creativity

Fri 8 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | Bell Pettigrew Museum

Taking Poetry to New Places »

Drop by in your lunchbreak for some poetry

Fri 8 March | 12:30 - 12:50 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Fri 8 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Hear from Hamish Whyte, publisher of Mariscat and curator of Cat's Whiskers

Fri 8 March | 14:30 - 15:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Fri 8 March | 15:00 - 15:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Poems Aloud: University Library Poetry Recitation Competition »

Listen as judges choose the best recitation or performance of a published poem

Fri 8 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Diana Hendry, Pied Piper »

Drop in for some poetry from the prize-winning children's writer

Fri 8 March | 16:00 - 16:20 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Upstairs Foyer

In this cold’s tending time (II) »

Check out the daily outcomes from this performative installation

Fri 8 March | 17:30 - 18:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Quiet Open Mic »

An early evening open mic

Fri 8 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | Zest Juicing and Coffee Bar, South Street

Risk A Verse »

Open mic with MC Andy Jackson

Fri 8 March | 22:15 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Saturday 9th

Words and movements »

Sketching poems from life

Sat 9 March | 10:00 - 12:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Poetic place names »

Make your own cartographic poetry

Sat 9 March | 10:30 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sat 9 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Meet the husband-and-wife team behind A Melody of Sorts

Sat 9 March | 11:45 - 12:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Poetry Market »

Presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines

Sat 9 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sat 9 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sat 9 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Words as movements »

Bringing motion into your own poetry

Sat 9 March | 13:30 - 15:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Meet the Artist »

A chance to discover more about Arne Rautenberg's visual poetry

Sat 9 March | 14:40 - 15:10 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sat 9 March | 15:00 - 15:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Sat 9 March | 15:00 - 15:45 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Sit with me… »

Tell us about something you have loved and lost

Sat 9 March | 15:30 - 17:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

In this cold’s tending time (II) »

Check out the daily outcomes from this performative installation

Sat 9 March | 17:30 - 18:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Book Launch: Fallen Stock »

Join us for the launch of John Bolland’s debut collection

Sat 9 March | 18:15 - 18:45 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sat 9 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Collective Poetry Reading »

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading

Sat 9 March | 19:15 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Sunday 10th

Poetic place names »

Make your own cartographic poetry

Sun 10 March | 10:30 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sun 10 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

In this cold's tending time (III) »

A chance to see a collaborative performance by three artists based on their work during StAnza

Sun 10 March | 15:30 - 16:10 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

In this cold’s tending time (II) »

Check out the daily outcomes from this performative installation

Sun 10 March | 17:30 - 18:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sun 10 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Festival Finale »

The festival ends with a musical send-off

Sun 10 March | 21:30 - 23:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Exhibitions, Films & Installations

Sarah Longley »

Sarah Longley solo exhibition features pen and ink illustrations of her father Michael Longley's poetry

Sat 23 February - Sat 1 June | 10:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Junor Gallery, 43 South Street

A Melody of Sorts »

Lindsay Turk’s paintings engage with the poetry of Jon Plunkett

Mon 25 February - Sun 31 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Off the Shelf »

Nichola Martin re-imagines books from StAnza 2018 in canvas and charcoal

Mon 25 February - Sun 31 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

Grove »

Semi-permanent text interventions by Thomas A. Clark

Wed 6 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Windows & panels

In the Ink Dark »

An installation that explores memory and materiality to find language for loss

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 09:15 - 17:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Off the Wall »

Poem panels around St Andrews and beyond

Thu 7 March - Sat 9 March | 09:30 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room, and around town

New Passages »

A project on links between India and the Isle of Lewis

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

A Bird World »

An exhibition of poetry produced by young people at Madras College

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

An Leabhar Liath / The Light Blue Book »

A digital installation of excerpts from this anthology of blue Gaelic poetry

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Another Place »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts from MUSA’s Amerindian collection

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Authoritative Commentaries »

An exhibition of poetry by young people at Madras College

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Authoritative Commentaries »

An exhibition of poetry bookmarks from young people at Madras College in St Andrews 

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Change »

A digital installation of poems and images from Magma Poetry’s climate change issue

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Clydebuilt »

Enjoy work by this year’s batch of Clydebuilt apprentices

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Cosmologist and Other Shorter Poems »

Selected short poems by Douglas Dunn translated into Italian by Marco Fazzini

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Elemental Language »

Responding to the world's oldest periodic table chart

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

HamishMatters »

Responses to the Hamish Henderson centenary

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

In Touch with the Past »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on Cypriot artefacts from the Bridges Collection

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Mapping the World in Poetry »

Travelling the world through the words of StAnza poets

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Mediterranean and Beyond »

Poetry from Mediterranean cultures and languages on show in this cabinet exhibition

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh »

A digital installation of selected poems and images from a new book about the artist’s Edinburgh legacy

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Párpado »

Videos of poetry in motion from Párpado Teatro

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry Loops: Magma »

Loop showings of filmpoems from Magma Poetry’s film issue

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry Loops: Polyphonic »

Loop showings of filmpoems responding to contemporary Romanian poetry

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Scotland and Galicia (I) »

Two gardens haunted by each other

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Stanza della Poesia (I) »

Listen to poetry from fellow European poetry festivals

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

StAnza della Poesia (II) »

Listen to international poetry from an Italian festival

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

StAnza’s Listening Booth: Wrathbones »

New audio works in Spanish and English from Juana Adcock

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Welcome to Scotia Extremis »

Poems from the extremes of Scotland's psyche

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

‘I sat till I could see no longer’ »

New textual artworks from Anna Chapman Parker

Thu 7 March - Sat 9 March | 10:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

Cat's Whiskers »

35 years of Mariscat Press

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Plants, Politics and Power »

Poet and herbalist Lisa Fannen responds to the Old Chemist Shop

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Scotland and Galicia (II) »

Two gardens haunted by each other

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Garden

Poem in a Bottle »

Poems to sip and savour from Matthew Stewart’s Tasting Notes

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

‘I sat till I could see no longer’ »

New textual artworks from Anna Chapman Parker

Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer