StAnza to field poets during The Open Championships at St Andrews

The Old Course at St Andrews, site of The Open Championship 2010

StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival is bringing back some of the outstanding talent from the festival earlier this year to entertain the crowds at the world famous Open Championship, taking place at St Andrews, 11-18 July.

More than a dozen poets will be taking the stage at Fife Council’s Welcome to Fife Pavilion, which will be showcasing the highlights of ‘2010:Fife’s Year of Culture’.

Topping the bill are Kei Miller, StAnza’s recent Poet-in-Residence, Kevin Cadwallander, Angela McSeveney and Eddie Gibbons, all of whom appeared at StAnza back in March. Other StAnza poets taking the stage, from 13-18 July, include Jim Carruth, Anna Crowe and Milton Balgonie. For full details of the line-up and when the poets are appearing, visit StAnza's website.

The Welcome to Fife Pavilion will be situated near the Hospitality Area in the Official Tented Village near the Old Course, St Andrews. As well as StAnza’s poetry, there will be music, dancing, displays and cookery demonstrations, offering a sample of the cultural riches Fife has to offer.

Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone says: “StAnza 2010 was such a success, it’s great to have an opportunity to invite back to St Andrews some of this year’s most popular poets. I’m sure they’ll engage visitors to the Welcome to Fife Pavilion with the same mixture of wit, charm and lyricism which delighted audiences in March. They may even attempt a hole in one with a poem about golf.”

Leader of Fife Council's Administration, Councillor Peter Grant, said: “The Open Championship is one of the world’s biggest annual sporting events and offers a fantastic opportunity for us to show the world what Fife has to offer. Celebrating Fife 2010 has proved an enormous success so far with events like StAnza: Scotland 's International Poetry Festival achieving sell out events and visitor numbers up on last year. The appearance of a number of StAnza's poets at The Welcome to Fife Pavilion gives visitors the chance to enjoy diverse performances while providing a snapshot of Fife 's rich cultural identity."

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