Joining the locals for readings, performances, slams and open mics, jazz, films, workshops and poetry-related art exhibitions, installations and films are a host of local and international wordsmiths.
One of the top poetry festivals in the UK, StAnza is famous for its friendly atmosphere and international focus, the place to hear favourite poets, discover new voices and enjoy the beautiful town of St Andrews and StAnza’s lively festival hub.
Catch a whole range of writers, from slammers to concrete poets, in St Andrews, with poets coming from Canada, Hungary, Germany and many more countries. Headliners for 2019 include Imtiaz Dharker, awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry in 2014; award-winning Jamaican poet and essayist, Ishion Hutchinson and Welsh poet, playwright, columnist, and editor Menna Elfyn. Also on the programme is Caroline Bird, shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Award and the Ted Hughes Award in 2017. There will also be a host of new names, including spoken word poets Tolu Agbelusi, Harry Baker and Carly Brown. Tolu Agbelusi was a 2017 BBC slam finalist, she was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and recognised by Speaking Volumes 2017 as one of the Best British Writers of Colour. Harry Baker was the youngest ever World Poetry Slam Champion.