Samantha Emily Evans, an avid poetry lover and the Literary Society President, shares with us her guide to StAnza 2015, and all of the awesome free events going on in St. Andrews 4th-8th March. 

 

From March 4th to March 8th, it’s StAnza 2015. StAnza – Scotland’s leading international poetry festival – started in 2005 and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. Over the years, StAnza has become recognized as one of the leading poetry festivals in the UK and Europe. It brings in the best of poets, from last year (Carol Ann Duffy) to this year (Simon Armitage), and even celebrities (Clive Russell from Game of Thrones is coming!) to its home: St Andrews.

For five amazing days, there will poetry events from 9am and late night parties in the Byre Theatre, the hub of StAnza 2015.The list of events is incredible, and there is even a student discount! Here’s a short guide of events not to miss, including all of the free ones!

 

Wednesday, March 4th

6.30-7.10pm | Festival & Exhibitions Launch

Our special guest launches the festival with a taster of poetry and music

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer | Free

Dylan Thomas from http://bedazzledinnewyork.org/

 

8-9.10pm | Bedazzled- A Welshman in New York

A celebration of the special relationship Dylan Thomas had with the United States, New York in particular, and the enduring influence of his life and work on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 1 Auditorium | £9.00/£7.00

 

9.10-9.45pm | The Flatcaps at StAnza

Some lively music for this year’s opening night

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 1 | Free

 

Inklight from Inklight FB

9.45-11.30pm | The Inklight Poets

Student poetry showcase

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Café Bar | Free

 

 

Thursday, March 5th

10.00-11.15am | Poetry Walk: A Fair Trade in Verse

A poetic stroll around town led by Anna Crowe

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Theatre Garden | Free

 

10.30-11.15am | Inspire Session

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer | Free

 

12.15-3.30pm | Musings@MUSA

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores | Free

Drop-in anytime between 12.15pm and 3.30pm

 

From Stanza Website

 

1-1.45pm | Poetry Cafe: Agnes Török and Toby Campion

A lively performance and spoken word, and lunch.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 3 Studio| £6.00/£4.50

 

From Stanza Website

 

8.00-10.00pm | Poetry Centre Stage: Alice Notley and Glyn Maxwell

A Double Bill of Poetry for Thursday Evening

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium | £9.00/£7.00

 

10.00-11.30pm | Jazz Night at StAnza: Lorna Reid’s Lounge Session

Music from Lorna Reid with a spot for the occasional poem

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Café Bar | Free

 

 

Friday, March 6th

10.30-11.15am | Inspire Session

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer | Free

 

12.15-3.30pm | Musings@MUSA

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores | Free

 

12.30-1.00pm | Meet the Artist

Meet Kevin Reid, the artist/poet behind the >erasure exhibition

The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Foyer/FCA&C | Free

 

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3.30-4.30pm | The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trévien

Trévien’s sparkling one-woman show based on her debut poetry collection blending poetry with theatre.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium | £5.75/£3.75

 

3.30-4.30pm | Poems Aloud: University Library Poetry Recitation Competition

Listen as judges choose the best recitation or performance of a published poem

University of St Andrews Library | Free

 

4.00-4.45pm | Meet the Artist

Meet Margaret Bathgate and James Knox Whittet, the artist and poet behind Voices and Images of Islay

Public Library, Church Square – Meeting Room | Free

 

6.15-7.15pm | Quiet Open Mic

An early evening open mic

Zest Juicing and Coffee Bar, South Street | Free

 

8.00-10.00pm | Poetry Centre Stage: Carolyn Forché and Paul Durcan

A Double Bill of Poetry for Friday Evening.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium | £9.00/£7.00

 

10.15-11.30pm | Risk A Verse

Open Mic with MC Jim Carruth

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Café Bar | Free

 

 

Saturday, March 7th

10.30am-3.30pm | The Emergency Poet

Consult The Emergency Poet and see what poems she prescribes

Public Library, Church Square – Outside the Public Library | Free

 

10.30-11.15am | Inspire Session

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer | Free

 

12.00-4.00pm | Poetry Market

Presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines, curated by Alan Gay

The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room | Free

 

12.00-2.00pm | Poetry Theatre

Poetic Interventions

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Foyers | Free

 

12.00-1.00pm | Meet the Artist

Meet the artist and poet behind ‘I Love St Andrews’ the new guide to Scotland’s poetry town

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Conference Room | Free

 

2.15-3.30pm | Musings@MUSA

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores | Free

 

2.15-3.15pm | Meet the Artist

A chance to meet the artist and poet behind the BodySearches/Poetry Machine

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Conference Room | Free

 

Clive

 

3.30-4.30pm | In Conversation with Clive Russell

An actor originally from Fife who has played Brynden ‘The Blackfish’ Tully in the fantasy drama Game of Thrones, will be interviewed in an informal conversation.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street | £7/ £5

 

Cover of Steve Reich

 

3.30-4.30pm | Steve Reich’s Different Trains

The Viridian Quartet, along with Rob A. Machenzie’s poetic response will be performing Steve Reich’s composition Different Trains.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio | £5.75/£3.75

 

3.55-4.00pm | Leaving the Comfort Zone Performance

Poetry Improvisation Workshop Performance with Robin Vaughan-Williams and workshop participants

The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room | Free

 

4.00-4.45pm | Meet the Artist

Meet some of the artists involved in the PRESERVED between the image and the word exhibition

The Trust Museum, North Street | Free

 

6.15-7.15pm | Poetry Theatre

Poetic Interventions

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Foyers | Free

 

6.15-6.45pm | Book launch – War and Poetry

New Scottish poems inspired by Italy’s great Giuseppe Ungaretti, with Katherine Lockton, Carlo Pirozzi

J&G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street | Free

 

7.00-7.30pm | Palestinian Poetry

Festival poets read poems by Palestinian poets

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre | Free

 

10.15-11.30pm | The StAnza Slam

The StAnza Slam hosted by Evis McGonagall

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium | £4.50/£3.50

 

 

Sunday, March 8th

12.00-2.00pm | Poetry Theatre

Poetic Interventions

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Foyers | Free

 

12.15-3.30pm | Musings@MUSA

A brief session to prompt your own creativity

MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews), The Scores | Free

 

3.00-5.00pm | Meet the Artist

Meet Kenny Munro, the artist behind the Poetic Voyaging installation at the Preservation Trust Museum

The Trust Museum, North Street | Free

 

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3.30-4.30pm | A Modern Don Juan

Cantos for these times, will be performed, a lively Byron update, with Sinéad Morrissey, Ian Duhig, Claudia Daventry, N.S. Thompson.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio | £3.75/£2.75

 

3.30-4.45pm | Nort Atlantik Drift

A film about the Shetlandic poet and novelist, Robert Alan Jamieson

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium | Free

 

6.15-7.15pm | Poetry Theatre

Poetic Interventions

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Foyers | Free

 

bill

8.00-10.00pm | Poetry Centre Stage: Sinéad Morrissey and Bill Manhire

A Double Bill of Poetry for Sunday Evening.

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium | £9.00/£7.00

 

10.00-11.30pm | Festival Finale

The festival ends with a musical send-off from the Black Cat Jook Band

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Café Bar | Free
To book your tickets go to http://byretheatre.com/whats-on/.

 

 

Samantha Emily Evans

 

Photo credit: http://www.stanzapoetry.org/