StAnza returns for another epic year celebrating the spoken word

 StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival is back for 2016 with a programme which promises another epic festival for Fife.

 The annual festival which once again boasts an outstanding line-up of literary talent, gets underway. Fife singer songwriter James Yorkston will launch the festival which opens with a performance of Sea Threads: comings and goings / Sea Treeds: comins an gyaains. The performance is a collaboration between Tommy Smith, award winning saxophonist and director of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and his celebrated group Karma together with acclaimed Shetlandic poet and Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca.

 Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone said: "Once again we have strived to create a programme which embraces the wonderful diversity of the spoken word. This year's ambitious programme demonstrates the incredible talent within the poetry world. From our headline acts to some of the newest voices on the stage, our line-up is a vibrant and exciting mix of performance poets and artists who will no doubt make this another year to remember.”

 Over five days Fife's historic university town of St Andrews will come alive to celebrate live poetry in all its forms around this year's two themes. The first, Body of Poetry, looks at poetry which engages with the human body, its needs, appetites and how it changes. As part of the second theme, City Lines, the festival will have a strong focus on Architecture for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and will connect St Andrews with various cities worldwide, including Berlin as part of a focus on German poetry.

 The festival takes place from 2 to 6 March with headline acts including Costa Poetry Award winner Don Paterson, Andrew McMillan, Jo Bell, Lemn Sissay, Pascale Petit, Sean O’Brien, Brian Johnstone and John Burnside. They will be joined by Nora Gomringer from Germany, Swedish poet Aase Berg, Jane Yolen and Thomas Lynch from the USA and Australian poet Sarah Holland-Batt along with many, many more.


 Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, added: “StAnza promises to be a fantastic event, showcasing the very best of both local and international poetic talent. In 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, it is also fitting that the festival will include exhibitions and events focusing on architecture as part of its exciting programme.”

 Other highlights include What's the point of poetry, a poetry and photography exhibition as part of this year's German language focus, HashtagPoetry#, StAnza’s first ever festival exhibition on Instagram; To the Lighthouse, a concert inspired by Virginia Woolf’s famous novel, and A Potter, a Painter and a Poet, an exhibition of the collaboration between artists Paul Tebble and Anne Gilchrist and poet Elizabeth Burns who died in August 2015. And as part of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, architecture features strongly in StAnza’s visual art programme including Building with Words by Lucy Jones.

 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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