Each festival focuses on two themes which weave around each other to give every StAnza its own unique flavour.
Our first theme for 2011 is Timepiece. Taking as a starting point the vibrant and significant history of Scotland, in 2011 StAnza will engage with the dynamic between verse and the recorded and unrecorded past, seminal moments from poetry and the daily routine of nations and communities, those local and those distant in space and time, as well as individual family histories. As part of this, in the 100th anniversary year of the birth of the great Scottish Gaelic poet Somhairle MacGill-Eain (Sorley MacLean), we will have a focus on Gaelic and present events to mark that occasion, including a special musical performance in partnership with The Sorley Maclean Trust, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Music Centre at St Andrews University.
Our second theme, The Poets’ Ark, will set loose around St Andrews a whole menagerie of animal poems, looking at the substantial contribution of our fellow creatures to poetry past and present. We shall consider how in their work poets set about capturing our complex relationship with nature, exploring the tensions between wilderness and captivity, extinction and survival.
See our website www.stanzapoetry.org for more information.
StAnza Podcast 2010 21st March
In our Sunday podcast, we include highlights from the Border Crossings event with Canadian Gaelic poet Lewis Mackinnon and Croatian Mario Susko. Rob A Mackenzie reads a poem which could not have existed without the internet. Director's Cut poet Jen Hadfield reads some poems about Canada and Shetland and we include two poems from Mario Petrucci on science and love.
StAnza Podcast 2010 20th March
Today's podcast is infused with the two themes of this year's festival - Myth and Legend and the Director's Cut. In the former we have an excerpt from the Poetry Breakfast which featured Moniza Alvi, Tiffany Atkinson, Stephen Halliwell and Rebecca Seiferle discussing myths in poetry. In the latter we feature two great Scottish poets Tom Pow and John Glenday. We also have the pleasure to include a fragment from the Past Poets event on Ivor Cutler with his publisher and friend Tony Ward. And we got the chance to listen to the marvellous Clydebuilt poets Christie Williamson, Chloe Morrish, Susan Rosser and Gordon McInnes in the Younger Poets showcase as well as speak to one of its founders, Jim Carruth.
StAnza Podcast 2010 19th March
In Friday's edition of the StAnza Festival podcast, we feature an excerpt from Thursday's StAnza lecture by Grevel Lindop as well as choice selections from the Younger Poets' Showcase event featuring Swithun Cooper, Catriona Lexy Campbell and Andreas Unterweger. We also have the pleasure to include another of Brian Johnstone's Director's Cut events featuring Grevel again - this time with his poet hat on - and award winning poet Jean Sprackland. StAnza podcast supremo Al Innes catches up with our artist in resident Jay Bernard and we finish up with the StAnza writer in residence Kei Miller reading from his as yet unpublished collection "A Light Song of Light".
StAnza Podcast 2010 18th March
In our Thursday night podcast we have a distinct Mediterranean flavour with Valerio Magrelli accompanied by Anna Crowe, Luiz Muñoz with his translator John Burnside, Scottish poet Hamish Whyte, translator and poet Anna Crowe and Cumbrian Jacob Polley.
[StAnza 2010] Opening Night, Wednesday 17th
We celebrate St Patrick's Day on the opening night of the 2010 StAnza festival with Irish poets Anne Marie Fyfe and Moya Cannon, Irish musicians Dordán and poet/musician/critic Cahal Dallat and add a Caribbean twist from Jamaican poet Kei Miller.
StAnza Podcast 2009 21st March - Day 4
Ian Rankin, Roddy Lumsden and others discuss the difference between music lyrics and poetry. Robert Crawford and Angus Peter Campbell give different perspectives on Scottish Poets of the Enlightenment. Roddy Lumsden reads from his new collection Third Wish Wasted. And we visit StAnza's Poetry Market to speak to Read This Magazine, Magma and chat to Colin Will about his Homecoming Haiku challenge. With thanks to musicians Ewen Maclean and Gill Bowman for their permission to use their music in this podcast. Produced and presented by Colin Fraser for StAnza