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.

Workshop: A bit like Arbroath »

An all-day creative writing workshop with John Glenday

Tue 6 March | 10:30 - 16:00 | £30.00/£25.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Between Worlds: Writing with Masks »

A half-day workshop at MUSA with JL Williams

Wed 7 March | 14:00 - 16:30 | £7.50 | MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Thu 8 March | 10:30 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Paper Journeys Workshop »

Artist and book maker Rachel Hazell leads a bookart workshop

Thu 8 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £7.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Musings@MUSA »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity
(Drop-in anytime between 12:00 and 16:00)

Thu 8 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 8 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Fri 9 March | 10:30 - 11:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Old English for Poets »

Borrowing from Anglo-Saxon: a workshop on kennings

Fri 9 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £7.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

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

Poems Aloud: University Library Poetry Recitation Competition »

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

Fri 9 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Quiet Open Mic »

An early evening Open Mic

Fri 9 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | Zest Juicing and Coffee Bar, South Street

Risk A Verse »

Open Mic with MC Andy Jackson

Fri 9 March | 22:15 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Who Goes There? »

A creative writing workshop about ‘voice’ in poetry with Vahni Capildeo

Sat 10 March | 10:30 - 12:30 | £7.00 | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

A Double-Voiced Bird »

A collaboration workshop and performance

Sat 10 March | 11:00 - 13:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Upstairs Foyer

Poetry Market »

Presses big and small offer a wealth of pamphlets and magazines

Sat 10 March | 12:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Inspire Session »

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

Sat 10 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 10 March | 19:10 - 19:25 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The StAnza Slam »

With MC Andy Fierens

Sat 10 March | 22:15 - 23:59 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Gillian Allnutt

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