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 with Morag Wells »

Encounter verse around town: led by Morag Wells

Thu 8 March | 10:00 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Theatre Garden

An Entertainment for W.S. Graham for Him Having Reached One Hundred »

Encounter the late, great Scottish poet through selected images from his archive

Thu 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Past & Present »

Anindya Raychaudhuri on Faiz Ahmed Faiz; Jess Orr on Olive Fraser

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

Special Past & Present »

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

Thu 8 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE but ticketed | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Past & Present »

Polly Atkin on Jane Cooper; Jan Baeke on H.H. ter Balkt

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

Past & Present »

Brother Anthony on Korean poetry, Miriam Nash on Gwendolyn Brooks

Sat 10 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Past & Present »

W.N. Herbert on W.S. Graham; Oli Hazzard on John Ashbery

Sat 10 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber