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.

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

Dorothy’s Colour »

A digital installation of poems and paintings responding to Dorothy Wordsworth by Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow

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

Return to Brownsbank »

Stills from a film reflecting on Hugh MacDiarmid

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

Past & Present »

Emma Sutton on Robert Louis Stevenson

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Small Hall

Past & Present »

Sarah Corbett and Katie Garner on female poets from the Romantic era

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Small Hall

Past & Present »

Ian Crockatt on Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson; Agnes Scott Langeland on Stein Mehren

Sat 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Small Hall

Meet the Artist »

Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow share their responses to Dorothy Wordsworth

Sat 7 March | 14:30 - 15:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Hamish Matters »

A celebration of the life and legacy of Hamish Henderson through music and poetry collected, written and inspired by him

Sun 8 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £10.00/£8.00 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium