Win tickets for StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival

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The List are teaming up with StAnza to offer ten readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to performances at this year's festival.

One of the top poetry festivals in the UK, StAnza is famous for its friendly atmosphere and international focus, the place to hear favourite poets, discover new voices and enjoy the beautiful town of St Andrews and StAnza’s lively festival hub. You could win a pair of tickets to one of the following events:

The StAnza 2020 Lecture: Mother, Mother Ocean delivered by Matthew Caley
Thu 5 Mar | 3.30pm (1h)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

Poetry Centre Stage: Anthony Anaxagorou & Jen Hadfield
Thu 5 Mar | 8pm (2h)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

Poetry Café: Sabrina Mahfouz
Fri 6 Mar | 1pm (50min)
Byre Theatre (Studio Theatre)

Songs My Enemy Taught Me
Sat 7 Mar | 3.30pm (1h)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

Poetry Centre Stage: D.A. Powell & Mimi Khalvati
Sat 7 Mar | 8pm (2h)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

The StAnza Slam
Sat 7 Mar | 10.15pm (1h 40)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

Poetry Café: Birdspeed
Sun 8 Mar | 1pm (50min)
Byre Theatre (Studio Theatre)

Desert Island Poems with Val McDermid
Sun 8 Mar | 3.30pm (1h)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

The Remains of Logan Dankworth
Sun 8 Mar | 3.30pm (1h)
Byre Theatre (Studio Theatre)

Hamish Matters
Sun 8 Mar | 8pm (1h30)
Byre Theatre (Auditorium)

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StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival
Thu 5 - Sun 8 Mar
Various venues around St Andrews

StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival

The cleverly titled StAnza is a literary festival that focuses on verse. Joining the locals for readings, performances, slams, open mics, jazz, films, workshops and poetry-related art exhibitions, and installations are a host of local and international wordsmiths.

StAnza20: Desert Island Poems

Jill Abram invites Val McDermid to share her favourite poems You don’t have to be a Wire in the Blood fan to love Fifer Val McDermid. Passionate and straight talking, this stalwart of British crime fiction is also a poetry fan. Today she’s talking to Jill Abram about which poems would keep her going on a proverbial…

StAnza20: Hamish Matters

A celebration of the life and legacy of Hamish Henderson through music and poetry collected, written and inspired by him Poet, songwriter and communist Hamish Henderson was an international icon and a catalyst for the folk revival in Scotland. Celebrate the centenary of his birth through his words and music, performed…

StAnza20: Poetry Cafe: Birdspeed

The BBC slam champion performs her unique fusion of song, dance and storytelling at this lunchtime performance.

StAnza20: Poetry Cafe: Sabrina Mahfouz

Immediate, powerful, necessary poetry served up with a lunchtime snack Sink into your seat and savour the edgy and stylistic poetry of Sabrina Mahfouz. Always alert to its social context, her work brings to the fore voices often left unheard. The winner of several awards—including the 2018 Kings Alumni Arts &…

StAnza20: Poetry Centre Stage - A. Anaxagorou, J. Hadfield

A double bill of poetry for Thursday evening 20:00 Reading –  Anthony Anaxagorou 21:00 Reading –  Jen Hadfield Usher in this year’s Poetry Centre Stage series with a full evening of poetry—featuring a double bill of two leading contemporary poets. Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot writer, publisher and…

StAnza20: Poetry Centre Stage – D. A. Powell, Mimi Khalvati

Winner of the John Updike Award, D. A. Powell, reads from his collections, followed by Mimi Khalvati, whose collection The Meanest Flower was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

StAnza20: Songs My Enemy Taught Me

Performance by the British spoken word artist, known for her raw, vulnerable verses and activism.

StAnza20: The StAnza Slam

The 2015 winner of the StAnza Slam, Katie Ailes of Loud Poets, returns to compere this fixture in the festival programme.

StAnza20: The StAnza 2020 Lecture: Mother, Mother Ocean

Matthew Caley  on Modernist women’s poetics and the sea One micro-aspect of Modernist poetics is a recurring fascination with the sea—the opening of Pound’s  The Cantos, Eliot’s  Dry Salvages  and  Marina  are obvious examples—and this has often been seen as an image standing in for consciousness or the unconscious.

StAnza 2020: 'Poems can act as talismans, protective spells that can be learned by heart and carried around always'

24 Jan 2020

We speak to some poets appearing at this year's StAnza about poetry and activism, the climate emergency and the power of poetry to stimulate change

With their innate ability to observe and scrutinise the world around us, poets are well-versed in holding a mirror up to society, responding accordingly to key issues in their own works. As we veer further into the climate crisis, writers are…

All events listed in the competition are held at Byre Theatre, Abbey Street in St Andrews.

Terms & conditions

Competition closes 28 February 2020. Prize is one pair of tickets per winner. The List's usual rules apply.