Readings

StAnza programmes a wide selection of readings throughout each festival: Poetry Centre Stage in The Byre, Five O'Clock Verses in Parliament Hall and others with their own identity. Introduced in 2010, Border Crossings have poets from different countries and languages reading in tandem. Showcase readings give a dedicated platform to poets connected with specific publications, awards or other countries, while Round Table readings offer the opportunity to encounter poetry in a very different way; the poet joins a very limited audience in an intimate venue to read poems, comment and chat.

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Wed 6 March | 17:30 - 18:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

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

The Inklight Poets »

Student poetry showcase

Wed 6 March | 21:45 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Poetry Walk: Another Place »

Encounter verse around town: led by Helena Fornells 

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Theatre Garden

Border Crossings »

Reading: Marco Fazzini, Sally Evans

Thu 7 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Taking Poetry to New Places »

Drop by in your lunchbreak for some poetry

Thu 7 March | 12:30 - 12:50 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Poetry Café: Carly Brown and Joe with the Glasses »

Lively poetry from two of the best poets to emerge from Scotland’s spoken word scene, served up with a lunchtime snack

Thu 7 March | 13:00 - 13:50 | £6.75/£5.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Border Crossings »

Reading: Richie McCaffery, Josep Pedrals

Thu 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Alan Spence, Fiona Moore

Thu 7 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

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

Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Thursday evening
20:00 Reading – A.E. Stallings
21:00 Reading – John Burnside​​​​​​​

Thu 7 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

In this cold’s tending time »

Poetry interventions as cross-arts performances

Fri 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

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

Border Crossings »

Reading: Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul, Shara Lessley

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

Taking Poetry to New Places »

Drop by in your lunchbreak for some poetry

Fri 8 March | 12:30 - 12:50 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street

Ignition Press Showcase »

Hear three startling new voices from one of the UK’s newest poetry publishers

Fri 8 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Poetry Café: Harry Baker »

Surreal humour with a lunchtime snack

Fri 8 March | 13:00 - 13:50 | £6.75/£5.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Border Crossings »

Reading: Nadine Aisha Jassat, Mary Jean Chan

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

Imprisoned Poets Reading »

Short readings from the work of imprisoned poets

Fri 8 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poems Aloud: University Library Poetry Recitation Competition »

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

Fri 8 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: George Mario Angel Quintero, Gerda Stevenson

Fri 8 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

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

Poetry Centre Stage »

Ease into the weekend with a double bill of poetry
20:00 Reading – Jacqueline Saphra
21:00 Reading – Menna Elfyn​​​​​​​

Fri 8 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Border Crossings »

Reading: Diana Hendry, Matthew Stewart

Sat 9 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sat 9 March | 12:00 - 13:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Scottish/Hungarian Translation Workshop Showcase »

Join us for the first outing of work created at this year's Edwin Morgan Trust translation workshop

Sat 9 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Border Crossings »

Reading: Laura Accerboni, Kathrine Sowerby

Sat 9 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Found In Translation »

Rebecca DeWald, George Mario Angel Quintero and Menna Elfyn explore the fluidity of translation                                               

Sat 9 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Liz Berry, J.O. Morgan

Sat 9 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sat 9 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Book Launch: Fallen Stock »

Join us for the launch of John Bolland’s debut collection

Sat 9 March | 18:15 - 18:45 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Collective Poetry Reading »

Join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading

Sat 9 March | 19:15 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Poetry Centre Stage »

Celebrate Saturday with a double bill of poetry
20:00 Reading – Ishion Hutchinson
21:00 Reading – Caroline Bird

Sat 9 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Border Crossings »

Reading: Hannah Lavery, Efe Paul Azino

Sun 10 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sun 10 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Palestinian Poetry Showcase »

Showcase: putting translation under the spotlight

Sun 10 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Border Crossings »

Reading: Richard Gwyn, Arne Rautenberg, Ken Cockburn

Sun 10 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poetry Centre Stage »

Don’t miss our final headliner poet of the festival, Imtiaz Dharker

Sun 10 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Poetry Theatre »

Poetry interventions

Sun 10 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

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

The Music of Edward Lear »

An evening of song by the king of nonsense, Edward Lear presented by Sara Lodge with award-winning musicians David Owen Norris and Mark Wilde

Sun 10 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium