StAnza 2020: One of the top poetry festivals in the UK, StAnza is famous for its friendly atmosphere and international focus.
This year’s themes are Coast Lines and Due North and our translated language focus will be on Scandinavian languages.
StAnza will be showcasing poets whose work explores and celebrates bodies of water from Scotland's coastlines to the Arctic, and commissioning new texts for 2020 in which poets respond to our Coast Lines theme. Keep an eye out at the festival for messages in bottles and some rather special umbrellas...
At StAnza 2020 you can listen to favourite poets, discover new voices and enjoy the beautiful town of St Andrews and StAnza’s lively festival hub. Choose from more than 80 readings, performances, discussions, drama and poetry-inspired installations and exhibitions in a range of atmospheric venues in and around the historic and lively town centre. Take part in a wide range of workshops, a masterclass and open mic events, or just take a seat and enjoy the lively festival scene with a coffee or drink. Wendy Cope, Michael Longley, Carolyn Forché, Alec Finlay, D.A. Powell, Charlotte Van den Broeck, Joelle Taylor and Anna Crowe are among the headliners for 2020, with spoken word from Birdspeed and Luke Wright.