Past Poets

Photo: Helena Fornells

Piloted in 2005, these events have proved hugely popular. The Past & Present series generally features two poets (appearing in their own right elsewhere in the festival). Each talks about a nominated poet from the past, touching on their enthusiasm for the work and any personal connections, including selected readings. Poets of the past are also present in other ways during the festival: in performances, as the subject of talks, on film and as illustrations in workshops, and on Poetry Walks around St Andrews.

After Hugh Miller »

New poems responding to Hugh Miller’s legacy

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

Poetry Walk: Journeys »

Encounter verse around town: led by Julia Prescott and Barbara Davey

Thu 2 March | 10:00 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Theatre Garden

Past & Present »

Alice Oswald on Homer
Neil McLennan on the war poets in Edinburgh

Thu 2 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Past & Present Special »

A rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections

Thu 2 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | Free | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Past & Present »

Stewart Conn on Muriel Spark
Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin on Mary, Queen of Scots

Fri 3 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Past & Present »

Jackie Kay on Nan Shepherd
Michelle Cahill on Judith Wright

Sat 4 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Meet the Artist »

Meet the poets from the After Hugh Miller installation

Sat 4 March | 12:15 - 13:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Past & Present »

Aonghas MacNeacaill on Neruda
James Robertson on Hugh Miller

Sat 4 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber