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.

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

A sneak peek at some of the highlights of StAnza 2018

Wed 7 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Lies Van Gasse »

Learn more about Lies Van Gasse’s “graphic poetry”

Thu 8 March | 13:30 - 14:15 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

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

The StAnza 2018 Lecture »

Put off that Mask: Persona, Trauma and Authenticity in Contemporary Poetry. This year's lecture by Sinéad Morrissey, sponsored by the Poetry Book Society

Thu 8 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Meet the Artist: Rachel Hazell »

Meet the artist behind the Paper Journeys exhibition

Thu 8 March | 16:15 - 17:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Physics and Poetry »

Reading: Iggy McGovern, Gregory Tate

Thu 8 March | 19:00 - 19:40 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Borderlines »

With Miriam Gamble, Julie Johnstone, Iggy McGovern and Lies Van Gasse

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

From Metaphor to Memoir »

A conversation between Brian Johnstone and Anne Pia, two writers who have combined memoir with poems

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

Meet the Artist: Julie Johnstone »

Talk to the artist and publisher behind ‘each breath, a page | each page, a breath’

Fri 9 March | 12:30 - 13:15 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street

Meet the Artist: Catherine Sargeant »

Talk to artist Catherine Sargeant about her erasure art

Fri 9 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: The Self »

Interrogating the "I" in poetry with Sara Hirsch, Jan Baeke and Luke Pell

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

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

Round Table »

Poet Mark Ford in conversation with Oli Hazzard

Sat 10 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | £6.50/£4.50 | The Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street

Meet the Artist: Alan Vest »

Meet the artist behind My Drawing Day

Sat 10 March | 12:30 - 13:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

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

In Conversation: Marie-Elsa Bragg and Don Paterson »

Don Paterson discusses with novelist Marie-Elsa Bragg the borderlines between poetry and poetic prose

Sat 10 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £7.00/£5.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Round Table In Conversation »

The Korean poet Ko Un, along with his translator Brother Anthony, offers insight into his poetry

Sat 10 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | £6.50/£4.50 | The Green Room, St Leonards Quad, St Leonards School, South Street

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Translation »

Poets and translators discuss the pleasure, potential and problems of translation

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

Meet the Artist »

A chance to meet Johann Reißer, the writer and director who created Catastrophe/Forms: WW1 in 9 Pictures

Sun 11 March | 14:15 - 15:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry Cafe: Festival Plenary »

Help us to wrap up StAnza 2018

Sun 11 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre