Taking Part

Photo: Helena Fornells

The festival has a strong commitment to offering opportunities for audience members to work with participating poets experienced in teaching the skills of creative writing. Workshops are open to a maximum of 16 persons who will have the opportunity to work directly with a poet while the StAnza Masterclass is also open to the general public to both listen and participate. The festival also includes Poetry Breakfast panel discussions, Open Mic Sessions and other events where those attending can get involved in lively debate, perform their own poetry, join poets in exploring the environment or browse selected poetry publications. For the more outgoing, the popular StAnza Slam seeks and finds the winner of the coveted annual Slampionship title.

'Conscious' »

A creative writing workshop with Jen Hadfield

Tue 3 March | 10:30 - 16:00 | £30.00/£25.00 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Poems Allowed »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Wed 4 March | 14:00 - 16:00 | FREE | Bell Pettigrew Museum

Inklight: the open mic »

Student poetry showcase

Wed 4 March | 21:45 - 23:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

walk-poems »

Take one of Alec Finlay’s poetic walking sticks for a stroll around town—free against a refundable deposit

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Meditation and poetry »

Ease into the day with meditation and poems

Thu 5 March | 10:15 - 11:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Coastal writing »

A poetry workshop led by Lesley Harrison

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

Jazz Night at StAnza »

Jazz jam with a spot for the occasional poem

Thu 5 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Fri 6 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Home »

A poetry workshop led by Anthony Anaxagorou

Fri 6 March | 10:30 - 12:00 | £7.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting 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

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

Poems Aloud »

St Andrews University Library Poetry Recitation Competition

Fri 6 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Quiet Open Mic »

An early evening open mic

Fri 6 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | Zest Juicing and Coffee Bar, South Street

Risk A Verse »

Take to the stage at our open mic

Fri 6 March | 22:15 - 23:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

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

Creative Writing Workshop »

A poetry workshop led by Carolyn Forché

Sat 7 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £7.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Poetry Market »

Let yourself be tempted by presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines...

Sat 7 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Large Hall

Mermaids and messages in bottles »

A poetry workshop for children with Rachel Plummer

Sat 7 March | 14:30 - 15:30 | £3 admits one child and one accompanying adult; all further tickets cost £2 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Collective Poetry Reading »

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading

Sat 7 March | 19:15 - 19:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The StAnza Slam »

With MC Katie Ailes

Sat 7 March | 22:15 - 23:59 | £4.50/£3.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Mimi Khalvati

Sun 8 March | 11:15 - 12:45 | £4.50/£3.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium