America's Hans Christian Andersen to perform at StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival has always featured events for young poetry fans. From readings by children’s authors to staged performances, there is always something to delight a younger audience.

This year is no different with the 2016 programme featuring children's fantasy writer Jane Yolan, described as America's Hans Christian Andersen. Jane brings her wonderful show Sleepy Monsters, Creepy Monsters which invites the audience to join the award-winning writer on a trip owling at midnight in the atmospheric Owl Moon and to ask How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? This delightful show promises poetic fun for all the family.

StAnza Festival Director, Eleanor Livingstone said: "At StAnza we pride ourselves in delivering a full, vibrant programme which has wide appeal to all audiences including children. We're thrilled to have Jane Yolan joining us this year with her wonderful show Sleepy Monsters, Creepy Monsters."

 As well as a specific children's event in the programme, StAnza is also active in schools across Fife and Dundee primary and secondary schools offering: writing workshop events; cross-curricular collaborations in poetry, media and art; school visits by festival poets; poetry review mentoring and online journalism projects. Their team of experienced poets and teachers and St Andrews University students engage and support young people in writing and exhibiting their own poetry, which this year connecting with StAnza’s Body of Poetry theme includes a Secondary S3 project called “Masking the Body” and a Primary P4-7 project called “Eye-Popping Poems”. This is leading to:

an exhibition of the poetry and artwork of many local schools in the Byre Theatre and St Andrews Town Hall – a visually engaging display of poems and visual images of the face, eyes and hands
a high-concept walk-through art installation of poem-masks by St Leonards’ Y9 pupils in nearby St Leonard’s Art Department, where the public are most welcome to visit at their open hours (visitors should report to St Leonards Main Reception – see StAnza website for more details)
StAnza Youth Poetry Reviewers Project where senior pupils will work with StAnza mentors and 2015 Sabotage Reviews Winner, Dave Coates to write online reviews of our festival poets’ performances for StAnza Youth webpage.
StAnza Youth Student Reporters Project where school students will follow and report on the progress of their fellow students as they engage with StAnza workshops, exhibitions and the festival week. They will produce both video and written reports for StAnza Youth webpage.
Programmed Festival Prize giving events with Jane Yolan and StAnza’s Poet-in-Residence, Harry Man to celebrate individual pupils who have shown Excellence in Poetry in the work produced during and following StAnza in Schools projects.

StAnza is supported by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, added: “StAnza is a fantastic event, with a range of activities that caters to poetry fans of all ages and abilities. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and I am delighted at the continued success of “StAnza in Schools” education programme, promoting and nurturing Scotland’s poetic talent through its variety of events and workshops.”

 StAnza lasts for five days from 2nd to 6th March and features around 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. StAnza 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. 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.

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