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.

Lines of Ascent »

An all-day workshop with Helen Mort

Tue 28 February | 10:30 - 15:30 | £30.00/£25.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Autoflâneur »

Lose yourself to find a poem with this guide to getting lost

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Beyond the Atlas »

A half-day workshop at MUSA with Valerie Gillies

Wed 1 March | 14:00 - 16:30 | £7.00 | MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores

Poetry Tattoos »

A chance to use your whole being to quote poetry

Thu 2 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

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

Making Writing Inspired »

A creative writing workshop led by Eddie Small drawing from D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Life and Times and Legacy

Thu 2 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £6.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Musings@MUSA »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Thu 2 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores

Jazz Night at StAnza »

Jazz jam session with a spot for the occasional poem

Thu 2 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

What would you take with you? »

A workshop on belonging with Marjorie Lotfi Gill

Fri 3 March | 10:15 - 12:15 | £6.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Fri 3 March | 10:30 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Musings@MUSA »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Fri 3 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores

Poems Aloud: University Library Poetry Recitation Competition »

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

Fri 3 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Quiet Open Mic »

An early evening open mic

Fri 3 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | Zest Juicing and Coffee Bar, South Street

Risk A Verse »

Open Mic with MC Andy Jackson

Fri 3 March | 22:15 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

A Digital Poet in Residence »

Where digital poetry meets Twitter bots

Sat 4 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Fossil Event »

You've read the poems, now meet the fossils

Sat 4 March | 10:00 - 12:00 | FREE | MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores

To Love A Country and Be Forced to Leave »

A workshop on movement and migration with poet Patience Agbabi

Sat 4 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £6.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Musings@MUSA »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Sat 4 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores

Poetry Market »

Presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines

Sat 4 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

The Appointed Hour »

A workshop on writing in collaboration, led by Roderick Manson

Sat 4 March | 12:00 - 16:10 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Upstairs Foyer

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Sat 4 March | 15:30 - 16:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Collective Poetry Reading »

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading

Sat 4 March | 18:55 - 19:05 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The StAnza Slam »

With MC Paula Varjack

Sat 4 March | 22:15 - 23:55 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Sarah Howe

Sun 5 March | 11:15 - 12:45 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Make it Loud! »

Workshop with spoken word artists Kevin Mclean & Katie Ailes

Sun 5 March | 13:00 - 15:30 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Upstairs Foyer

Research Workshop »

Two post-StAnza research workshops

Mon 6 March | 10:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Research Workshop »

Two post-StAnza research workshops

Tue 7 March | 10:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre