Archive | September, 2012

Two Special StAnza Events for October

25 Sep

Photo by Al Buntin

In the second of our events planned for Sunday 7th October, StAnza celebrates 15 years of festivals. The first StAnza Poetry Festival launched on October 8th 1998. To celebrate the festival’s continued success, Scottish and American poets take part in a transatlantic reading when StAnza presents ‘Calling New York’, a unique transatlantic reading which brings together two poets in two continents: Douglas Dunn reading in St Andrews and Jay Parini reading in New York. In honour of StAnza’s predecessors and the long tradition of poetry events in St Andrews, the two poets featured have been chosen for the inspiration they gave to StAnza’s founders. Douglas Dunn was the director of festival which immediately preceded StAnza in the 1990s, while Jay Parini started the first ever poetry festival in St Andrews in the 1960s.


The event is part of the Fife programme for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and is held in association with the Roger Smith Hotel, New York. The reading will take place on  in the Byre Studio Theatre at 7pm (BST), and at 2pm (EDT) in New York at the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan, before live audiences at each venue. The poets will be linked via Skype. Both poets have strong connections with St Andrews. Douglas Dunn is one of Scotland’s most prominent poets and founded the Creative Writing programme at the University of St Andrews. Jay Parini, a poet, writer and academic is best known for his novel about Leo Tolstoy, The Last Station.

Tickets for the reading in St Andrews cost £3 (£2 concession) are available on the door on the night, or in advance from the Byre Box Office, 01334 475000 or  online here.

Earlier on Sunday 7 October, weather permitting, StAnza are holding a special autumn poetry walk. Take in some of the sights and sounds of St Andrews, listen to poems about the season and the natural world. Scheduled to start at 3pm from the Byre Theatre garden, this is a free event – just turn up. For more details email

More Young MacDonald Had a Farm in Africa Events

12 Sep

SPL Young MacDonald Poetry Party

Date 14 September 2012 – 6:00pm
Location Hemma, 75 Holyrood Road

Price Free (donations welcome) How to book No Booking Required

Contact for further details Call 0131-557-2876

Oxfam’s Young MacDonald campaign is raising funds to buy farmyards, enabling Third World communities to support themselves. Join us for readings, poetry karaoke and and Hendrick’s gin cocktails at Hemma, our fabulous neighbourhood Swedish bar/café.

Sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin.

SPL Young MacDonald Foodie Fair at Hemma

Date 15 September 2012 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location Hemma, 75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Donations requested. How to book No booking required.

Contact for further details

More fundraising for the Young MacDonald Oxfam Project. A day of foodie fun with poetry workshops, cake judging contests, bread-making classes – and more!

Support the project here:

Poetry at Rosslyn

6 Sep

Pennicuik Festival are offering poetry nights against the dramatic backdrop of Rosslyn Chapel, with a great line-up of Scottish poets. Sunday 9th September has Paula Jennings, Ken Cockburn and Henry Marsh on the bill, and then on Wednesday 12th September the poets will be Alan Gay, Tessa Ransford and A.C. Clarke. Both evenings will have some music as well, and start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.00 or £5.00, full details on the poster.

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