Archive | December, 2012

StAnza to welcome Welsh poets in March

10 Dec

Clarke, GillianStAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival will play host to seven Welsh poets in 2013, including Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales (left).  In what will be one of the stand-out events during the festival, she will read with Liz Lochhead, the Scots Makar, at StAnza’s hub venue, the Byre Theatre. She will also deliver the StAnza Lecture, taking as her theme the Welsh origins and influences of early poetry.

The Welsh Focus will celebrate the talents of established and younger Welsh poets, three of whom have been shortlisted for this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize. Along with Gillian Clarke, StAnza will be welcoming Ifor Ap Glyn, Robert Minhinnick, Deryn Rees-Jones, Eurig Salisbury, Zoë Skoulding  and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.

They will be featuring in a rich variety of readings, collaborations and talks.  Ifor Ap Glyn will be taking part in a showcase of European poets who have been brought together to translate each other’s work. And the legacy of Welsh poets from the past continues to be celebrated in Zoë Skoulding’s talk about the neglected Modernist Lynette Roberts and Robert Minhinnick’s on the legacy of Dylan Thomas.

StAnza’s programme is now online here. Tickets will be on sale from January.

StAnza 2013 is here!

1 Dec
Mark Doty (photo by Starr Black)

Mark Doty (photo by Starr Black)

It has been quite a week for StAnza. Our Poetry Café night at our favourite Coffee and Juicing Bar, Zest in South Street, was the opening event for the St Andrews Festival currently taking place. Rab Wilson was supported by an international line-up of local poets taking to the open mic, all dished up with complimentary haggis stovies. And stovies were a support act again yesterday when Robin Cairns featured in our lunchtime event for St Andrews Day in partnership with Food from Fife, all as part of the St Andrews Food Fair.  

Meantime, while all this has been happening, we’ve been working hard to get the feast of poetry which is the core programme for StAnza 2013 prepared, cooked, garnished and served up for St Andrews Day. So, if you’ve been eager to hear what’s in store for next March, all is now revealed. Just click here or go to our website at to view more than 200 pages about the events and the poets, visual artists, musicians, writers and others taking part.

 Tickets don’t go on sale until early January so you have a whole month to browse and make decisions about which events you want to see. And the programme isn’t complete yet. We’ll be adding a few more events and names over the next month so keep checking the online programme for the latest update.

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