Broadcaster Lesley Riddoch and international poets to launch StAnza

Poetry hits the streets of St Andrews next week as StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival brings together Scottish and international poets for a celebration of poetry in all its forms, including performance, music, visual art and drama.

Scottish broadcaster and writer Lesley Riddoch is special guest at the launch which takes place at 7pm on 6 March at the new Medical and Biological Sciences Building, North Haugh, St Andrews. Lesley will be joined by some of the poets who will be appearing at the festival: Gillian Clarke, National Poet for Wales, Alvin Pang, from Singapore and the Canadian poet Erin Moure, StAnza’s Poet-in-Residence. Music will be provided by the St Andrews Buchanan Quartet. The launch is free and all are welcome. The first festival event, RiverRun, a multimedia celebration of the city of Dublin, follows at 8pm in the MBSB building.

StAnza runs until 10th March at the Town Hall and other venues in and around St Andrews, with over 100 events featuring 78 poets and a host of writers artists film makers, musicians. Top poetry names include Liz Lochhead, Robin Robertson, John Hegley, Ron Butlin, and Gillian Clarke, with writers Andrew Greig and Kirsty Gunn, and appearances by actors Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson.

Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone said: ‘The setback of the Byre closure has triggered such an outpouring of goodwill and support for StAnza. We are riding high on the crest of that, and we are sure this will be the best festival ever.’

Tickets for RiverRun and for other festival events are available from VisitScotland, Market Street, 01334 474609. Programme and venue details are at www.stanzapoetry.org

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