Simon Armitage and Bill Manhire headline StAnza poetry festival in 2015

Simon Armitage and Bill Manhire headline StAnza poetry festival in 2015

Sinéad Morrissey, Ian Duhig and Alice Notley also set to perform at annual event in St Andrews

StAnza, Scotland’s poetry festival, has revealed that Simon Armitage and New Zealand’s Poet Laureate Bill Manhire will be among its headliners for 2015.

The annual event takes place in venues across St Andrews but has its hub at the Byre Theatre, which – after being closed in 2013 – was recently rescued by the University of St Andrews. Next year’s festival will be held from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 March.

This year’s themes are ‘An Archipelago of Poetry’ and ‘Unfinished Business’.

‘An Archipelago of Poetry’ will focus on poetry from islands, as well as the role of poetry festivals as individual events connected to a wider archipelago of poetry. The second theme explores how ‘unfinished business’ is dealt with in written word and the process of writing poetry.

The full programme is set to be released closer to the event. Nonetheless, over 60 poets from across the world have been confirmed to take to the stage, including this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize winner Sinéad Morrissey, Belfast Poet Laureate Ian Duhig and American poet Alice Notley.

As well as poetry recitals and talks, additional live music and visual art events are set to take place in venues across St Andrews, including the Town Hall and the medieval undercroft of St John’s House, part of St Andrews University.

StAnza, various venues across St Andrews, Wed 4 – Sun 8 March 2015.

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