The human body and architecture revealed as key themes as StAnza 2016 programme unveiled

StAnza 2016 programme unveiled

Andrew McMillan / credit: Innes Morrison

Poetry festival lineup includes Andrew McMillan, Christine De Luca, Fiona Benson and Don Paterson

It's that time of year again: we're waxin' lyrical about StAnza, Scotland's much-loved festival of poetry. The lineup for 2016's festival (which runs from Wed 2 to Sun 6 Mar) has been announced, and it's looking like a humdinger.

The St Andrews-based event opens with a performance of 'Sea Threads: comings and goings / Sea Treeds: comins an gyaains', which sees saxophonist Tommy Smith collaborate with poet Christine De Luca. Here, the artists respond to broad themes, with their work in some way referencing the sea and movement.

Headliners for this year's event include Andrew McMillan, who recently won the Guardian First Book Award for Physical, poet and musician Don Paterson, who was twice won the TS Eliot prize, and Fiona Benson, who won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her collection, Bright Travellers.

Meanwhile, other exciting names to look out for include Jo Bell, Lemn Sissay, Pascale Petit, Sean O'Brien, Brian Johnstone and John Burnside, who will be joined by Nora Gomringer from Germany, Swedish poet Aase Berg, Jane Yolen and Thomas Lynch from the US and Australian poet Sarah Holland-Batt. All in all, over 60 poets will be taking part in the festival.

There are two themes this year. The first is Body of Poetry, which explores how poetry engages with the human body, and the second is City Lines, which focuses on Architecture for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone said: 'It is a huge pleasure to reveal the full programme for next year's StAnza festival and we're delighted to have pushed the boundaries once again to bring such a dynamic and exciting mix of poets and performances for 2016.

'We are thrilled to be setting the stage once again to celebrate the spoken word in all its forms and to be focusing on themes and subjects which are in fitting with Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.'

StAnza is on at various venues in St Andrews from Wed 2 to Sun 6 Mar 2016.

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