Game of Thrones star Clive Russell confirmed to launch StAnza 2015

Tickets now on sale and full programme for StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival online.

 As tickets go on sale for StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, event organisers have announced ‘Game of Thrones’ star Clive Russell will launch the 2015 festival. As well as officially opening the festival at the launch event on Wednesday 4th March, the Fife actor will host an ‘In Conversation’ to discuss his interests in poetry on Saturday 7th March.

 The festival, which takes place in St Andrews, lasts for five days from 4th to 8th March and features almost 100 events, many of them free – a diverse range of performances, readings, music, drama, talks, workshops and a masterclass, open mic events, films, exhibitions and installations. This is the place to hear your favourite poet, discover new voices, meet other poets, writers and publishers and enjoy the energetic buzz of the beautiful and historic town of St Andrews.

 Festival director Eleanor Livingstone said: “The programme for 2015 really does have something for everyone and brings together acclaimed poets, new voices and emerging talent from all around the world to make this a true celebration of the written word. We are delighted this year to welcome back to Fife, our special guest Clive Russell to launch the festival.

 “It’s very exciting to be at the point of announcing that tickets for all these superb events are now on sale, as this really does mark the start of the countdown to the festival welcoming the world to enjoy poetry in St Andrews once again.”

 Among this year’s headliners are Simon Armitage and New Zealand’s first Poet Laureate Bill Manhire, along with three poets on their first appearance at StAnza, American poet Alice Notley, Sinéad Morrissey, currently Belfast’s Poet Laureate, and Ian Duhig. Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for best collection and Forward First Prize for best first collection, Kei Miller and Liz Berry, respectively are also included in this year’s line up along with Helen Mort, recent winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection prize.

 The festival opens with a performance of Bedazzled: A Welshman in New York. For one night the Byre Theatre will be transformed into 1950’s New York as audience members are invited to enjoy a drink with the cast, in character as the legendary Dylan Thomas and friends, while being transported back in time to the heady, bohemian world of Greenwich Village in the 50s.

 In Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink StAnza has included a food and drink focus in its 2015 programme including an all-day workshop in the Edwardian kitchen of the Hill of Tarvit mansion house on metaphors about food, and another in Kellie Castle famous for producing organic fruit and vegetables. Other highlights in the programme include A Modern Don Juan in the steps of Byron, Karen Cairns exhibition of Places and Faces around St Andrews, jazz singer Lorna Reid, singer Kirsty Law, the Viridian Quartet who will be performing Steve Reich’s Different Trains, and the Black Cat Jook Band for the festival finale.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and once again, StAnza presents a programme which celebrates both the best Scottish and international poetic talent. With a number of performances, exhibitions, open-mic events and workshops there is undoubtedly something for everyone at the festival.”

 Tickets are on sale and can be purchased in person, by phone and online. Full box office details are online at our booking page or telephone the box office on 01334 475000.  The printed brochure will be available later this month.

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