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Relive StAnza 2013 – in words and pictures

1 Jul

Luke Wright/Chris Scott


St Leonards Folk Group/Chris Scott

Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone sums up perfectly the unique experience of StAnza ’13 in her Afterword just published on our website: ‘even the weather didn’t spoil the enjoyment.’ Add to that, she says, Gillian Clarke’s lecture on the day that Wales played Scotland, a dash of tartan noir from Robin Robertson’s ‘sepulchral’ toned reading, the pairing of Mark Doty and Erin Moure, 70 poets, plus musicians, artists and filmmakers…and you have the best festival ever.

Yes we had venues to rearrange, and it rained and it snowed, but as the photo coverage of our Afterword page shows, the festival was busier than ever, and more poetry was found out and about in St Andrews than ever before.

Stitched & Spoken ‘poetry dresses’/Anja Hertenberger

Yes, our Afterword page has just gone live with a gallery of photographs taken at the events, the venues and around town. It  is the work of our wonderful team of volunteer photographers who all gave their time, talent and boundless energy to covering the 100 plus events that made up this year’s festival.

In the festival hub

In the festival hub/Jiye Lee

Check out who was at the festival, get a sense of the atmosphere and if you weren’t there – now you know what you missed!

Reviews and Interviews section: Catch up on the reviews and interviews by clicking on the links in our page, which features interviews (courtesy of SPL and Culture Laser) with poets such as George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, Erín Moure and Alvin Pang.

Jacob Sam-La Rose/Al Buntin

Jacob Sam-La Rose/Al Buntin

Meantime StAnza lives on around town

Some of the exhibitions and installations from StAnza 2013 in March have been extended into and over the summer. Dualism, Chris Park’s quirky photographs of poets, will be on show at Fairmont St Andrews, just outside town, until September. And in town you can see some of our poetry texts on windows at St Andrews Wine Company on Bell Street, Cherries on South Street, and at the Bus Station.

Next year’s StAnza takes place 5-9 March at St Andrews

Listen again to the best of StAnza: festival podcasts

5 Jun
Erín Moure

Listen again to Erin Moure at StAnza
/Photo Credit: Chris Scott

If you missed out on StAnza this year or want to listen again to some of our wonderful poets. You can listen on our podcast page here to interviews with (and short readings by) George Szirtes, Alvin Pang, Hannah Silva, Gillian Clarke, Erin Moure and Ken Babstock. The podcasts were made by our friends at the Scottish Poetry Library and Culture Laser who visited the festival, recorders in hand, back in March. 

Weekend Poetry Breakfast talks: join the webcasts

9 Mar
Artist Carry Ackroyd

Artist Carry Akroyd

Our weekend Poetry Breakfasts will be broadcast live on the Internet for those not fortunate enough to be here to enjoy them in person. You can watch the discussion panels on the StAnza USTREAM channel at 10am-11am on today and tomorrow, where you can also post your questions to be put to the panellists.

Today poets Mandy Haggith and Andrew Forster join academic David Borthwick and artist Carry Akroyd to discuss how poetry engages with nature ; while Sunday’s Breakfast will focus on the issues and art of poetry translation, featuring poets Alvin Pang, Erín Moure, and Eurig Salisbury alongside publisher Angela Jarman.

If you would like to pose a question to the panellists during one of the Breakfasts,
. . . . tweet your question to @StAnzaPoetry, using the hashtag #StAnza13webcast

StAnza 2013: programme to be unveiled soon

14 Nov

Plans are well underway for StAnza 2013. The list of headlining poets includes Liz Lochhead, Robin Robertson, John Hegley, USA’s Mark Doty, Erín Moure and Ken Babstock from Canada, and Irish poet Paula Meehan. The festival will also focus on Welsh poetic talent with Robert Minhinnick and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch already signed up to appear.

And we’re getting ready to unveil our full programme online at the end of November. So watch this space.

As part of the build-up to StAnza 2013, we’ll be releasing a series of podcasts of highlights from last March’s festival. The first of these is now up on our podcasts page here  and features excerpts from readings by Kwame Dawes, Hilary Menos, Samuel Tongue and Nuala Watt, and some jazz from The Dave Batchelor Quintet.

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