Former Edinburgh makar brings mischievous children’s poetry event to StAnza 2017

StAnza has always featured events for young poetry fans. From readings by children’s authors to staged performances, there’s always something to delight younger audiences.

This year is no different with the 2017 programme featuring prize-winning novelist and former Edinburgh makar Ron Butlin with his first book for children Here Come the Trolls, which has won the hearts of adults and children alike. This hour of mischief and magic will appeal to children who love rhymes, are fascinated by all things goblin or who just want to know how to troll-proof a house.

StAnza Festival Director, Eleanor Livingstone said: "At StAnza we pride ourselves in delivering a varied, dynamic programme which includes something for everyone, even the youngest poetry fans. We’re delighted to have Ron Butlin joining us this year with his magical show, Here Come the Trolls.”

Also on this year’s children’s programme is GeoBus, an educational outreach project supporting Earth science learning in schools in the UK. The project was developed by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews in 2012. The project has been visiting schools across Scotland every week, reaching all educational regions.

As part of StAnza's The Heights of Poetry theme for 2017, GeoBus ran a poetry competition in schools across Scotland and beyond for haiku inspired by mountains. This installation presents winning and commended poems submitted by Solais MacBride, Kerryn Errington, Ewan Johnstone, Ellie Watson, Lauren Fotheringham, Maia Willis-Reddick, Donald Herd, Beth Shotton, Josh Grinham and Elsa Kivinen.

In addition to both events, StAnza has arranged a programme of school workshops and projects across Fife, and some of the work produced at these sessions will be exhibited in the Byre Theatre during the festival. Festival poets will also be visiting schools during the festival period.

Aly Barr, Acting Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland said: “StAnza has cemented its place as one of the foremost poetry festivals in the world. Its programme brings poets of all styles from all nations to a five day long poetry oasis in Fife. I’d recommend all thirsty readers and listeners travel along and drink deep.”

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

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said:  “We are delighted to be supporting StAnza again this year, through EventScotland’s Beacon Programme.Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and in StAnza we have a festival that truly engages its audience, which is testament to the hard work of Eleanor and her team. With a number of performances, readings workshops and talks there is undoubtedly something for everyone.”

StAnza lasts for five days from 1st to 5th 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 the booking page or telephone the box office on 01334 475000.  

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