Archive | January, 2012

Come to our StAnza preview: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1st February

29 Jan

Gerry Cambridge

Next week sees the launch of the StAnza brochure, which will be on display, fresh from the printers, at two events in Edinburgh. Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone will be showcasing the festival to literature professionals at the UNESCO City of Literature  Salon on Tuesday 31st January. This precedes the StAnza Preview, open to the public, which takes place at the National Library of Scotland, 1st February at 6pm. There will be samples of what to expect from Gerry Cambridge  of The Dark Horse fame, who will be appearing at StAnza, and from Andy Jackson and poets contributing to his new anthology, Split Screen, which will be officially launched at the festival in March. All this, plus music from Stretch Dawrson of theMending Hearts Trio Mending Hearts Trio (below), who are bringing some Western swing to StAnza’s Finale. It promises to be a delightful hour of entertainment – to secure a place at this free event, contact the NLS.

St Andrews wins Creative Places Award

24 Jan

Creative Place Awards 2012 - Winner's logo

Three cheers and hats in the air for St Andrews! The town won a Creative Places Award today, a new award scheme overseen by Creative Scotland, and received £150,000 in the category for places with fewer than 100,000 residents. The awards were announced at a special ceremony in Edinburgh today and StAnza’s Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone attended. What a great start to 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland.  St Andrews will be hosting its own Year of Celebration in 2012 and the award will allow the town to promote its already rich cultural programme to the UK and international visitors and to support a new community musical theatre production as the year’s centre piece production. The application was submitted on behalf of various cultural and marketing organisations active in town with the Byre Theatre as lead organisation. StAnza contributed to the submission.

For a pic of the winning teams, looking very pleased (and so they should) and more about their plans, see the link below:

Film maker required for commission at StAnza

23 Jan

StAnza is looking for a film-maker to make a short creative documentary film about the organisation and this year’s StAnza festival which will take place in St Andrews over five days, 14th – 18th March.

The project is being supported by EventScotland. The successful applicant should have proven experience in film-making and have enthusiasm for poetry and the arts. This is a short-term freelance commission paying a single fixed VAT inclusive fee of £500 with agreed expenses up to a maximum of a further £400. The deadline is 15 February for applications.

For a full job description, please contact Eleanor Livingstone at

Book your free place at the StAnza Book Group, St Andrews

19 Jan

Good news for poetry lovers living in and around St Andrews. StAnza is offering free places at its Book Group, a new collaboration between StAnza and the Open Association at the University of St Andrews, which will meet next month to read and talk about poets who will feature at StAnza 2012, including Michael Symmons Roberts and Kathleen Jamie.

Robert Crawford, one of Scotland’s leading poets and currently Professor of Modern Scottish Literature, and PhD students from the School of English at the University will lead three early evening sessions from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Wednesdays 1st, 15th and 29th February in the Conference Room at St Katherine’s West at 16 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AX. To book a free place contact Ruth Harris or Debbie Wilbraham on 01333 462275 or

Congratulations to John Burnside, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize

16 Jan

Just heard the news that John Burnside has won this year’s T.S Eliot Prize. Congratulations to him. He read from his winning collection, Black Cat Bone for StAnza last autumn in a stunning reading with Canadian poet Karen Solie. A lucky few will get to hear him at StAnza in March at one of our Round Table readings. Burnside is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews and lives in rural Fife. The collection won the Forward Prize 2011.

StAnza stories…whisky, happiness and tea with Jackie Kay

15 Jan

As you all know by now StAnza’s tickets are on sale and the programme is online to peruse. The Scotsman’s Bookworm has already had a look at what’s on offer and so here’s our first news story for 2012. Thanks, Bookworm!

You’ll notice a lovely story in there about a poem by Katrina Naomi, who appeared at StAnza last year and was inspired to write about it and whisky. The poem is in the latest issue of The London Magazine. StAnza is well known for being convivial and for providing pastries, pies and nibbles with its Poetry Cafe tickets. Plus elsewhere, there’s the menu at the Byre Theatre’s Kingarroch restaurant to try and the cafes and restaurants in st Andrews. So if you do miss out on the tea and cakes with Jackie Kay, there are plenty of other wonderful foodie happenings to enjoy!

StAnza tickets on sale today: book early!

11 Jan

Tickets for StAnza go on sale today! As well as the big centre stage readings with Jackie Kay, Kathleen Jamie, Christopher Reid and Michael Symmons Roberts  – to name just some of the top poets on the bill, now’s your chance to book early for those other in-demand events, such as our intimate round table events and interactive workshops with leading poets. And don’t forget to check out our  discounts. Booking details are here

We have been blogging recently about the programme, so have a look at our posts and the programme is available online too. Recent additions include a special performance of Denise Mina’s play A Drunk Woman Looks at a Thistle, with Karen Dunbar (pictured below). And we are pleased to announce that the actor David Hayman will be joining us on our launch night, with the Dave Batchelor Quintet and poet/musician Don Paterson, to celebrate Philip Larkin’s poetry and love of jazz.

StAnza takes place at the Byre Theatre, and other venues in St Andrews, from 14-18 March. It is part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

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