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StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival has always been the perfect place to hear new voices and discover emerging talent, with 2015 set to be no different. The annual festival which this year takes place between 4-8 March in St Andrews, Fife is as much about launching new talent as it is about bringing together some of the most well-known and best loved poets and artists from all around the world.
Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone said: “As a festival director ensuring our programme is fresh and inspiring is key to the success of StAnza year after year. It is a privilege to put together a line-up which is interesting and diverse and allows us to introduce stars of the future and new voices to the international stage. This year is no different and we have a host of exciting and hugely talented newcomers alongside some of the biggest names in poetry coming to Fife next month.”
Among the new voices in this year’s programme are spoken word poets Agnes Török, Toby Campion and Erin Fornoff. Agnes Török was the 2014 StAnza Poetry Slam winner and was awarded the Best International Spoken Word Show at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her show Sorry I Don't Speak Culture. Toby Campion was a finalist in the BBC Poetry Slam 2014 and the UK National Slam 2014 while Erin Fornoff who has performed at Glastonbury, won the StAnza 2013 digital slam. Other new voices include Kim Moore and John Dennison both of whom will publish their first full collections this year.
Poet, writer and singer Hollie McNish, who has most notably just won the Arts Foundation award to help take her work to the next level will appear at StAnza in Writing Motherhood which examines how motherhood affects a poet’s work on Friday 6th March.
Two aspiring UK poets in this year’s line-up are Liz Berry, winner of the Forward best first collection prize last year and Helen Mort, who won the Aldeburgh first collection prize last year and is currently Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate. Helen is also one of 20 Next Generation poets, who are recognised as being among the most interesting poets to publish first collections in the last decade. StAnza boasts another three Next Generation poets in the programme with Kei Miller, Heather Phillipson and Mark Waldron.
Combining poetry with song is Scottish folk singer Kirsty Law, who is fast becoming ‘one to watch’. Kirsty performed at the StAnza preview in Edinburgh last month and will perform at StAnza’s launch on Wednesday 4th March.
Finally, this year’s Poet in Residence is Clare Mulley, a young poet at the start of her career who was recently shortlisted for the Young Poet Laureate of London post.
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.