Talks & Conversations

Photo: Dave Vallis

Each festival is launched by a public figure with a connection to one of the festival’s themes or with an interest in poetry or the arts in general. The long-running In Conversation events focus on a single poet or writer and are an opportunity to encounter them in a more informal setting. Each event features a discussion of their life and writing – often focusing on one of the festival’s themes – and includes readings of a few poems – either the writer’s own or a selection of their personal favourites. The StAnza Lecture has been running since 2002 and has, over the years, sparked controversy, inspired reappraisals and highlighted new approaches. An innovation since 2008, Poetry Breakfasts offer a relaxed start to the day with a group of poets chatting about their poetry and the poetry scene with which they are familiar, finding some things in common, some differences, and reading one or two poems - an ideal introduction to the poets and their poetry.

Metaphors of Displacement Colloquium »

Identity and migration as expressed through the written word

Wed 6 March | 11:00 - 12:30 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2019

Wed 6 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Meet the Artist »

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

Thu 7 March | 13:30 - 17:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Special Past & Present »

A rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections  (NB Date and time are provisional, still to be confirmed)

Thu 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | Free but ticketed | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

The StAnza 2019 Lecture: John Burnside »

‘The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it’

Thu 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poetry in Conversation: Taking Poetry Off the Page »

Claudio Pozzani and Jay MillAr read and discuss their work

Thu 7 March | 18:50 - 19:30 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Another Place »

Enjoy your breakfast sunny side up at the festival’s Poetry Café

Fri 8 March | 10:00 - 11:10 | £4.75/£3.75 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Jill Abram presents Stablemates »

Jill Abram introduces a poetry salon with a trio of HappenStance poets

Fri 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Past & Present »

Menna Elfyn on Eluned Phillips

Fri 8 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Poetry in Conversation: Story Café »

Glasgow Women’s Library bring their Story Café to StAnza

Fri 8 March | 18:50 - 19:30 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Off the Page »

Start your weekend with poetry and pastries!

Sat 9 March | 10:00 - 11:10 | £4.75/£3.75 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Past & Present »

Jacqueline Saphra on Edna St Vincent Millay; Caroline Bird on James Tate

Sat 9 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Past & Present »

Merle Bachman on A.C. Jacobs, Tom Pow on Alastair Reid

Sat 9 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: A Conversation in Translation »

Poets and translators discuss how translation works as conversation

Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 11:10 | £4.75/£3.75 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Poetry in Conversation: Absent Friends »

A time to remember favourite poets who have died

Sun 10 March | 18:50 - 19:30 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room