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Wednesday 1

Wed 1 - Sun 5 March
StAnza Poetry Festival 2017 Exhibitions
readings, performances and installations linking poetry to music, film and dance; info@stanzapoetry.org; Festival Poetry

Wed 1 March - Sun 5 March
Labyrinth lose yourself, or find yourself, in St Andrews' new labyrinth; StAnza 2017; Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road [map]; Festival Outdoors Poetry

13:10 Lunchtime Concert Scottish Chamber Orchestra clarinettist William Stafford performs works by James MacMillan and the 1962 clarinet sonata by Hindemith pupil Arnold Cooke; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Music

14:00 - 16:30 StAnza Creative Writing Workshop: Beyond the Atlas contemplate high places in the company of distinguished Scottish poet Valerie Gillies: the starting point for this creative writing workshop will be a unique collection of colourful objects, used by the Berber communities of the Atlas mountain range; StAnza 2017; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Class Festival Poetry

14:30 - 15:30 Music, Modernity and the Continual Search for the Sacred part of the Music Talks, series, with Sir James MacMillan; Younger Hall, North Street, KY16 9AJ [map]; Music Talk

17:30 - 18:15 Poetry Theatre one to one encounters with poetry and dramatic monologue; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

18:30 - 19:10 StAnza 2017 Festival & Exhibitions Launch special guest launches the festival with a taster of poetry and music; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry Music

19:30 - 21:00 Roll Over Atlantic poet John Agard’s quirky re-visioning of the notorious New World enterprise of Christopher Columbus in verse and song — age 16+; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

21:45 - 23:30 The Inklight Poets new voices from the St Andrews University Creative Writing Society; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

Thursday 2

10:00 - 11:15 Poetry Walk: Journeys encounter verse around town: led by Julia Prescott and Barbara Davey; StAnza 2017; starts Theatre Garden (Byre Close off South Street), Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Outdoors Poetry Tour

10:30 - 11:15 Inspire Session brief session offering writing prompts for your own poems; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

10:30 - 12:30 Making Writing Inspired creative writing workshop led by Eddie Small drawing from D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Life and Times and Legacy; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Public Library, Church Square, South Street, KY16 9NN [map]; Class Festival Poetry

11:30 - 12:30 Border Crossings readings by Janette Ayachi, many of whose poems started off life as travel reviews, and climber David Wilson, play with festival themes On the Road, and the Heights of Poetry; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

12:00 - 16:00 Musings@MUSA A brief session to prompt your creativity with an introduction to a special artefact from the museum; StAnza 2017; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Festival Free Poetry

13:00 - 13:50 Poetry Café: Katherine McMahon, Stephen Watt lunch and spoken word from the pick of the Scottish scene – Katherine McMahon is an Edinburgh-based performance poet who rhymes the world towards a kinder future, and Stephen Watt whose rather darker poetry earned him the role of Bloody Scotland’s first ever crime poet; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Food & Drink Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Border Crossings Paul Stephenson has lived in Spain, Belgium and, most recently, France. He reads alongside Adonis prizewinner Maram Al-Massri. Originally from Syria, Massri has been living in Paris for the last two years.; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Past & Present Alice Oswald on Homer, Neil McLennan on the war poets in Edinburgh; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

15:30 - 16:30 Past & Present Special a rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections – free but ticketed (max 20); StAnza 2017; Napier Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk Research Library, 80 North Street [map]; ; Exhibition Festival Free Poetry

15:30 - 16:30 The StAnza Lecture: The Beasts & The Animals translation, language and war: Sasha Dugdale’s lecture for 2017; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry Talk

19:00 - 21:30 Whisky Tasting details TBA; St Andrews Whisky (Quaich) Society – proceeds to charity Water Aid; Swilcan Suite, Hotel du Vin, 40 The Scores, KY16 9AS [map]; Quiachmail@st-andrews.ac.uk; £10 non-members; Food & Drink

17:00 - 18:00 Five O’Clock Verses A.B. Jackson last read at StAnza almost a decade ago, Catalan poet Joan Margarit twelve years ago. Anna Crowe will read alongside Margarit, presenting her translations of his work; StAnza 2017; Parliament Hall, South Street [map]; Festival Poetry

19:00 - 19:40 Poetry on the Road: Rebecca Sharp and Bas Kwakman a poet and a festival director share their experiences of taking part in an overseas festival ; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry Talk

19:30 SCO: Beethoven Symphony No 2 programme: Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Macmillan Concertino for Horn and Strings SCO Commission: World Premiere, Beethoven Symphony No 2; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Younger Hall, North Street, KY16 9AJ [map]; Music

20:00 - 22:00 Poetry Centre Stage A double bill of poetry – 20:00 Robert Crawford – 21:00 Alice Oswald; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

22:00 - 23:30 Jazz Night at StAnza jazz jam session with a spot for the occasional poem ; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Music Poetry

Friday 3

10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast at the Poetry Café: The Heights of Poetry Mark Goodwin, Norman Bissell, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir and Elodie Laügt discuss how the mountainous landscapes of Scotland and further afield have informed their poetry, and how poetry itself can climb the heights and what view is available; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry Talk

10:15 - 11:15 Baby MUSA Time: Space Explorers discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play – drop-in for pre-school children and whoever looks after them; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Kids

10:15 - 12:15 What would you take with you? a workshop on belonging with Marjorie Lotfi Gill; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Public Library, Church Square, South Street, KY16 9NN [map]; Class Festival Poetry

10:30 - 11:15 Inspire Session brief session offering writing prompts for your own poems; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

11:30 - 12:15 Round Table Round Table reading with poet Thomas A. Clark, limited to just twelve places – early booking is recommended; StAnza 2017; Fraser Gallery, 53 South Street, KY16 9QR [map]; Festival Poetry

11:30 - 12:30 Border Crossings Reading: James McGonigal, Mark Goodwin; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

11:30 - 12:30 Making a Living as a Poet three professional poets to talk about how they manage to make poetry pay: Ken Cockburn, a freelance writer, translator, editor and writing tutor, Harry Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, Sarah Hesketh is a poet with ten years of experience as a creative writing tutor and in literature development; StAnza 2017; Council Chamber, St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry Talk

12:00 Steak Barn re-opening we’ve been undergoing major alterations to the barn, with a total new look — Thu-Sun, 12:00-20:30pm (last orders); Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF [map]; 01334 898 145; info@balgove.com; Food & Drink Out of Town

12:00 - 16:00 Musings@MUSA A brief session to prompt your creativity with an introduction to a special artefact from the museum; StAnza 2017; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Festival Free Poetry

12:30 - 13:00 Meet the Artist meet Robin Gillanders and Henry Gough-Cooper, the artist and poet behind A Lover’s Complaint; StAnza 2017; FCA&C, Town Hall Foyer, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

13:00 - 14:00 House of Three Showcase House of Three, a new publisher based in Dunfermline, showcases female poets with lovingly designed books, each offering a triptych of poets – reading: Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Nalini Paul, Iona Lee; StAnza 2017; Council Chamber, St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

13:00 - 13:50 Poetry Café: Sibusiso Conelius Simelane lunch and powerful poetry from a major talent from South Africa; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Food & Drink Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Border Crossings reading: Norman Bissell, Kayo Chingonyi; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Past & Present contemporary speakers give a personal response to favourite past poets – Stewart Conn on Muriel Spark, Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin on Mary, Queen of Scots; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

15:30 - 16:30 Poems Aloud: University Library Poetry Recitation Competition listen as judges choose the best recitation or performance of a published poem; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

15:30 - 16:30 Poetry in Performance pushing the boundaries of poetry with Sabine Macher and Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, dynamic performers from France and Iceland; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

15:45 - 16:30 Meet the Artist meet some of the poets from the Sightlines exhibition; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

15:45 - 16:30 Round Table intimate reading: Jackie Kay, Scots Makar – max 12 tickets, book early; StAnza 2017; The Albany Hotel, North Street [map]; Festival Poetry

16:05 - 17:00 A cast of thousands: the riddle of the Antheia Romance solved (?) talk by John Morgan (Swansea); School of Classics; School I, St Salvator’s Quad, North Street [map]; History Talk

17:00 - 18:00 Five O’Clock Verses reading: Sasha Dugdale is also a translator and editor, Aurélia Lassaque who writes in French and Occitan; StAnza 2017; Parliament Hall, South Street [map]; Festival Poetry

18:15 - 19:15 Quiet Open Mic calmer alternative to our late night Open Mic opportunities for all those lovers of a quieter ambience – come along with your own poems to read or just sit back with a good coffee to listen; StAnza 2017; Zest Juicing and Coffee Bar, 95 South Street, KY16 9QW [map]; Festival Free Poetry

20:00 James Oswald with Written in Bones author talks about his new Tartan Noir crime novel; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Talk

20:00 - 22:00 Poetry Centre Stage 20:00 Jacques Darras, a pre-eminent French poet known for his work’s intense exploration of landscape, 21:00 Kathleen Jamie, whose poetry and essays have become known for their sparse language and fine observation of the natural work; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

22:15 - 23:30 Risk A Verse come along with your own poems, sign up for a floor spot and join in as our new MC for 2017, the inimitable Andy Jackson, calls the poems. Or just sit back, listen and enjoy; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

Saturday 4

09:00 - 13:00 St Andrews Farmers’ Market meat, fish, dairy, fruit, vegetables, preserves, beverages, baking, confectionery, plants, flowers, craft, etc; North Car Park, Argyle Street, KY16 9BX [map]; Food & Drink Sale

10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast at the Poetry Café: On the Road breakfast panel discussion with Michelle Cahill, Matthew Caley, R.A. Villanueva and David Evans – a relaxed start to the day, with poets whose work is informed and inspired by journeys, both literal and metaphorical, and other festival participants discussing all things poetical over coffee and pastries; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

10:00 - 14:00 Poetry on the Move get your poetry kicks on Route A91: to celebrate this year’s On the Road theme at StAnza, poets Harry Giles and Katharine McMahon will be out and about at the bus stations in St Andrews (Harry) and Dundee (Katherine) – they’ll be on the move, talking to travellers and finding poetry along the way; StAnza 2017; Festival Free Out of Town Poetry

10:30 - 12:30 To Love A Country and Be Forced to Leave A workshop on movement and migration with poet Patience Agbabi; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Public Library, Church Square, South Street, KY16 9NN [map]; Class Festival Poetry

11:00 - 11:45 Meet the Digital Poet in Residence when digital meets non-virtual – a chance to meet Christodoulos Makris, this year's digital poet in residence at StAnza; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

11:30 - 12:15 Round Table intimate reading with Vahni Capildeo who won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection with her striking and surreal verse — restricted to twelve tickets, early booking essential; StAnza 2017; The Green Room, St Leonard’s Quad, St Leonards School, off South Street [map]; Festival Poetry

11:30 - 12:30 Border Crossings Reading: Aonghas MacNeacail, Jean Portante – Luxembourg-born, Paris-based poet Jean Portante writes in such diverse genres as poetry, essays and plays, and has also translated a number of poets into French. Aonghas MacNeacail shares Portante’s interest in translation, and is also an established lyricist and librettist, as well as a poet; StAnza 2017; The Undercroft, St John's House, 69 South Street; Festival Poetry

11:30 - 12:30 Past & Present Jackie Kay on Nan Shepherd (1893-1981), Michelle Cahill on Judith Wright (1915-2000); StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

12:00 - 14:00 Mr Colombet, the Sommelier of Poetry One to one encounters with poetry: enjoy an exceptional menu of poetry from the multilingual sommelier Mr Colombet. The elegant French sommelier will be on hand to serve diners in the Byre cafe/bar with the finest D.O.C. poetry to be had; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

12:00 - 16:00 Musings@MUSA A brief session to prompt your creativity with an introduction to a special artefact from the museum; StAnza 2017; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Festival Free Poetry

12:00 - 16:00 Poetry Market presses big and small, pamphlets, magazines – don’t miss this opportunity to encounter poetry in print in all its many forms amongst this abundance of poetic produce. With stalls galore, there’s something for every taste and pocket: come and browse, come and buy; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Free Poetry Sale

12:00 - 16:10 The Appointed Hour a workshop on writing in collaboration, led by Roderick Manson, a unique experiment in location, collaboration and chance; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry Class Free

12:15 - 13:00 Meet the Artist meet the poets from the After Hugh Miller installation; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Meet Poetry

13:00 - 13:50 Poetry Café: Paula Varjack spice up your lunch with poetry from Paula Varjack; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Food & Drink Poetry

13:00 - 14:00 Translation Showcase listen to new poetry in different languages as part of this year’s focus on French-language; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

13:00 - 16:00 Needle Felting taster workshop – adult or parent and child (9+); Eden Art; All Saints Church Hall, North Castle Street, KY16 9BG [map]; Art Class Craft Kids

14:00 - 15:00 Meet the Artist meet Hilke MacIntyre, the artist behind the Rhythm & Line exhibition; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Border Crossings Reading: Matthew Caley, R.A. Villanueva – Matthew Caley travels through time and place in his latest collection Rake, R.A. Villanueva ponders and celebrates the spaces which emerge when different cultures collide; StAnza 2017; The Undercroft, St John's House, 69 South Street; Festival Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Past & Present Aonghas MacNeacaill will discuss the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, James Robertson on Hugh Miller a self-taught Scottish geologist and writer from the nineteenth century; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

14:15 - 15:15 Quebec-UK Connexions: cinepoems meet the artists behind this acclaimed poetry film project between Scotland and Quebec; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

15:30 - 16:15 Inspire Session brief session offering writing prompts for your own poems; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

15:30 - 16:30 In Conversation: Hamish Brown and Jim Crumley two well-known Scottish nature writers discuss poetry, travel and seeking high places; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry Talk

15:30 - 16:30 Leasungspell an Anglo Saxon Fool’s Tale: an epic journey through the wilds of the Dark Ages, with Bob Beagrie and friends; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Play Poetry

15:45 - 16:30 Round Table an intimate reading with poet Vicki Feaver – tickets limited, early booking recommended; StAnza 2017; The Green Room, St Leonard’s Quad, St Leonards School, off South Street [map]; Festival Poetry

15:55 - 16:10 The Appointed Hour – the Outcome come along and hear readings resulting from work produced at today's workshop project, The Appointed Hour; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

17:00 - 18:00 Five O’Clock Verses Reading: Patience Agbabi intertwines the traditions of the written and spoken word in her poetry which is by turns wry, biting and joyful, and Jim Carruth is current poet laureate for Glasgow; StAnza 2017; Parliament Hall, South Street [map]; Festival Poetry

18:15 - 18:45 Book Launch: New Boots and Pantisocracies the Scottish launch of a new anthology in which poetry engages with polemics; StAnza 2017; J & G Innes, Bookshop & Stationer, 107 South Street, KY16 9QW [map]; Festival Poetry

18:15 - 19:15 Mr Colombet, the Sommelier of Poetry One to one encounters with poetry: enjoy an exceptional menu of poetry from the multilingual sommelier Mr Colombet. The elegant French sommelier will be on hand to serve diners in the Byre cafe/bar with the finest D.O.C. poetry to be had; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry

18:55 - 19:05 Collective Poetry Reading join us for a moment of solidarity in our collective reading – no previous experience of reading poetry is necessary, and quiet voices are as welcome as commanding ones, so please do come along to the Byre for this special event, led by Katie Ailes and Kevin Mclean; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

19:10 - 19:40 Imprisoned Poets Reading short readings from the work of imprisoned poets by Patience Agbabi and Magi Gibson, presented by Scottish PEN; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

19:30 - 21:30 Scottish A Cappella Championships brings together university groups from around Scotland; Younger Hall, North Street, KY16 9AJ [map]; Music

20:00 - 22:00 Poetry Centre Stage 20:00 Sarah Howe, whose collection Loop of Jade was the first debut to ever scoop the prestigious 2016 T.S. Eliot award — 21:00 Jackie Kay, Scots Makar – or poet laureate – whose work embraces the personal and the political, offsetting anger with a generous and warm gift for laughter; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

22:15 - 23:55 The StAnza Slam a highlight of the festival and a touchstone of the Scottish slam scene – with MC Paula Varjack; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

Sunday 5

10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Across Language Aurélia Lassaque, Jacques Darras, Jean Portante and Zoë Skoulding discuss the challenges but also the opportunities that come with the translation of poetry; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry Talk

10:30 The YA Bookclub back by popular demand for teen readers 12-16; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Kids

11:15 - 12:45 The StAnza Masterclass Sarah Howe, the 2016 T.S. Eliot award winner and Leverhulme Fellow in English at UCL, offers in-depth critique and comment on selected, submitted poems; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Class Festival Poetry

11:30 - 12:30 Border Crossings reading: Katharine Towers, Vicki Husband; StAnza 2017; The Undercroft, St John's House, 69 South Street; Festival Poetry

12:00 - 13:00 Here Come the Trolls! poetical fun for children with Ron Butlin – age 4-7; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Kids Poetry

12:00 - 14:00 Poetry Theatre one to one encounters with poetry and dramatic monologue; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

12:15 - 13:15 Meet the Artist meet William Hershaw, Fiona Morton and Hugh Bryden, the poet, artist and designer behind the Flying Heich exhibition; StAnza 2017; Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, KY16 9PW [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

13:00 - 13:50 Poetry Café: Steve Pottinger lunch with a generous helping of verses from Steve Pottinger, whose poetry serves up a passion for social justice with a healthy portion of humour; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Food & Drink Poetry

13:00 - 14:00 Clydebuilt Showcase discover the work of four up-and-coming Glasgow-based poets, all graduates of the innovative poetry apprenticeship scheme, Clydebuilt: Claire Quigley, Mark Russell, Juana Adcock, Jane Bonnyman; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry

13:00 - 15:00 Indoor Car Boot Sale; Cosmos Centre, Abbey Walk [map]; 01334 474140; Sale

13:00 - 15:30 Make it Loud! workshop: spoken word artists Katie Ailes & Kevin Mclean, members of Scotland’s spoken word collective Loud Poets, will guide you through the process of writing and performing your own work for the stage; StAnza 2017; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Festival Poetry Class

14:15 - 15:15 Border Crossings reading: Michelle Cahill, an Australian-based poet, originally born in Kenya, and US-American writer Tess Taylor, who’s completing a residency as a Fullbright Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast; StAnza 2017; The Undercroft, St John's House, 69 South Street; Festival Poetry

14:30 - 15:15 Wind Quintet the talented musicians of the University of St Andrews scholarship ensembles work to create unique concerts inspired by the objects on display at the museum; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Free Music

14:30 - 15:15 Meet the Artist chance to hear from writer and filmmaker Timothy Neat before the screening of Hallaig, his documentary about Sorley MacLean, to discuss the film, as well as to talk about his many other projects.; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Meet Poetry

15:30 - 16:30 A Tribute: Sandy Hutchison guests celebrate the work of a great Scottish poet and friend to StAnza, chaired by Larry Butler; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Poetry Talk

15:30 - 16:45 Hallaig the poetry and landscape of Sorley MacLean captured on film by Timothy Neat; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Film Free Poetry

15:45 - 16:30 Round Table: Elaine Feinstein reading and discussion on the topic of poetry and transgression with Elaine Feinstein — twelve tickets only, early booking essential; StAnza 2017; St Mary’s Hall, St Mary’s Quad, off South Street [map]; Festival Poetry

17:00 - 18:00 Loud Poets spoken word and music the Loud Poets' way – prepare to cover your ears!; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

18:15 - 19:15 Poetry Theatre one to one encounters with poetry and dramatic monologue; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

20:00 - 22:00 Poetry Centre Stage 20:00 Vahni Capildeo’s work dissolves the boundaries between the human and the natural, offering the reader and the listener startling new perspectives, 21:00 Elaine Feinstein has performed internationally since the 1970s and been widely translated, her new collection casts a wry eye over the coming of old age; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Poetry

22:00 - 23:30 Festival Finale join us as we party out the festival in style, with a musical send-off from the effervescent Ekobirds; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Festival Free Music Poetry

Monday 6

Tuesday 7

10:00 Bookbug Session free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together – a great way to spend some quality time with your little one and gives you the opportunity to share stories, songs and rhymes with other parents and their children; Scottish Book Trust; St Andrews Public Library, Church Square, South Street, KY16 9NN [map]; Free Kids

19:30 Natural Capital talk by Professor Rosemary Hails, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Wallingford); Botanical Society of Scotland & Friends of St Andrew Botanic Garden; Lecture Theatre B, Chemistry (Purdie) Building, North Haugh [map]; Environment Nature Science Talk

Wednesday 8

18:00 Business Rates Information Open Evening with industry experts GVA Barr; BID St Andrews; Parliament Hall, South Street [map]; Talk

19:30 The Carrifran Wildwood story and colonisation by woodland birds there talk by John Savory; Scottish Ornithologists’ Club; St Andrews Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens, KY16 9TA [map]; Nature Talk

20:00 An evening with Salley Vickers & Ajay Close two phenomenal novelists share the stage on International Women’s Day to explore fictional families, their legacies and their secrets; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Talk

Thursday 9

20:00 An Evening with Brian Johnstone the celebrated poet launches his memoir Double Exposure; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Talk

Friday 10

20:00 Joanna Trollope with City of Friends author talks about her new novel, her 20th book; Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, KY16 9HG [map]; Talk

Saturday 11

Sat 11 March - Sun 17 September
Victorian Visions: Discovery and Restoration in St Andrews journey through the streets of Victorian St Andrews for MUSA’s newest exhibition. See the sights of the town through the eyes of its first photographers. Victorian Visions provides fascinating insights into the development of St Andrews during the 19th century; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Exhibition History

Sat 11 - Sun 19 March
Dynamic Drawing Helen Firth, Judith Heald and Julia MacLaurin show their work in particular to celebrate the art of Dynamic Drawing: “We are all interested in expressive drawing. We meet to practise drawing exercises that promote a lively and honest approach. Quick drawings – immediate, energy and feeling. Longer poses – retaining the liveliness and rhythm, with more depth.”
Also tutorial sessions £12
; Upstairs @ J & G Innes Ltd, 107 South Street, KY16 9QW [map]; Art Class Exhibition

11:00 - 15:00 Wild About St Andrews drop in and find out about Scotland’s native local wildlife at the Wild About Scotland bus and complete a mini-beast trail. See the zoology collection in the Bell Pettigrew Museum and experience the development of frogs first-hand with our live frogs and tadpoles; Bell Pettigrew Museum, Bute Medical Buildings, KY16 9TS [map]; Kids Nature Science

Sunday 12

Monday 13

Tuesday 14

Wednesday 15

17:30 - 19:00 Science Week: Shaken not Stirred? Why are some cocktails shaken, whilst others are stirred? Was James Bond wrong to shake his Martini? Discover the science behind the mystical art of mixology. Age 18+, booking required; Science Week; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Food & Drink Free Science

Friday 17

Sunday 19

19:30 The Anglo-Italian Connection Ashley Riches (baritone) and Emma Abbate (piano) with selection of songs by Respighi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Finzi and Liszt; St Andrews Music Club; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Music

Monday 20

Tuesday 21

19:30 Off the Hook a comedy by Derek Benfield — Harold Spooks is sprung from prison to tell the gang where he stashed the loot. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spook; Guizards; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy Play

Wednesday 22

19:30 Off the Hook a comedy by Derek Benfield — Harold Spooks is sprung from prison to tell the gang where he stashed the loot. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spook; Guizards; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy Play

Thursday 23

19:30 Off the Hook a comedy by Derek Benfield — Harold Spooks is sprung from prison to tell the gang where he stashed the loot. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spook; Guizards; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy Play

Friday 24

Fri 24 - Sat 25 March
Beer Festival showcasing the best local beers from Fife and Tayside; St Andrews Brewing Co., 117 South Street, KY16 9EE [map]; Food & Drink

19:30 Off the Hook a comedy by Derek Benfield — Harold Spooks is sprung from prison to tell the gang where he stashed the loot. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spook; Guizards; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy Play

Saturday 25

Sat 25 March - Sun 23 April
Artists of St Andrews exhibition of 80 artworks from the Trust’s collection, celebrates the 80th year of The St Andrews Preservation Trust – 14:00-17:00 daily; Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, KY16 9PW [map]; Art Exhibition Free History

14:30 Off the Hook a comedy by Derek Benfield — Harold Spooks is sprung from prison to tell the gang where he stashed the loot. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spook; Guizards; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy Play

19:30 Off the Hook a comedy by Derek Benfield — Harold Spooks is sprung from prison to tell the gang where he stashed the loot. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spook; Guizards; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy Play

Sunday 26

18:00 - 20:00 Early Evening Jazz; Mitchell’s, 110-112 Market Street, KY16 2PB [map]; Music

Monday 27

Tuesday 28

17:00 Uranya (2008) screening followed by live Q&A with the director Costas Kapakas; Scottish-Hellenic Society; School II, St Salvator’s Quad, North Street [map]; Film Talk

Wednesday 29

17:15 (tbc) Inaugural Lecture Prof Graham Turnbull, School of Physics & Astronomy; Theatre A, Physics & Astronomy Building, North Haugh, KY16 9SS [map]; Talk

20:00 Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club FOUR comedians. ONE night of hilarity – introduces some of the top funny folk from the comedy circuit; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Comedy

Thursday 30

19:00 - 21:30 Whisky Tasting details TBA; St Andrews Whisky (Quaich) Society – proceeds to charity Water Aid; Swilcan Suite, Hotel du Vin, 40 The Scores, KY16 9AS [map]; Quiachmail@st-andrews.ac.uk; £10 non-members; Food & Drink

Friday 31

Sat 3 December
- Sat 25 February 2017
Jasleen Kaur
first solo exhibition by this Scottish Indian artist features a series of short films including a new commission and sculptural works exploring the artist’s dual heritage – 10.30-16:00, Wednesday-Saturday; Fife Contemporary Art & Craft; St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, KY16 9DP [map]; Art Exhibition Free

Wed 1 - Tue 28 February UNFIT paintings by Scott Hawkins; Taste Café, 148 North Street, KY16 9AF [map]; 07910 506 260; Art Exhibition

Mon 27 Feb
- Sun 5 March
An Roghainn / The Choice A tribute to Sorley MacLean through photographic images by Alastair Jackson and poetry by Kenneth Steven; Stanza 2017; Upstairs @ J & G Innes Ltd, 107 South Street, KY16 9QW [map]; Art Exhibition Festival Free Poetry

Wed 1
- Sun 5 March
StAnza Poetry Festival 2017 Exhibitions
readings, performances and installations linking poetry to music, film and dance; info@stanzapoetry.org; Festival Poetry

Wed 1 March - Sun 5 March Labyrinth lose yourself, or find yourself, in St Andrews' new labyrinth; StAnza 2017; Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road [map]; Festival Outdoors Poetry

Sat 11
- Sun 19 March
Dynamic Drawing Helen Firth, Judith Heald and Julia MacLaurin show their work in particular to celebrate the art of Dynamic Drawing: “We are all interested in expressive drawing. We meet to practise drawing exercises that promote a lively and honest approach. Quick drawings – immediate, energy and feeling. Longer poses – retaining the liveliness and rhythm, with more depth.”
Also tutorial sessions £12
; Upstairs @ J & G Innes Ltd, 107 South Street, KY16 9QW [map]; Art Class Exhibition

Fri 24
- Sat 25 March
Beer Festival showcasing the best local beers from Fife and Tayside; St Andrews Brewing Co., 117 South Street, KY16 9EE [map]; Food & Drink

Tue 7 February - Sat 1 April Two StAnza Exhibitions Orcadians: Seven Impromptus – artist Simon Manfield responds to the work of the poet George Mackay Brown
Rhythm and Line – The festival and town en-fête seen at a sharp angle by Hilke MacIntyre
; StAnza 2017; Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, KY16 9LA [map]; Exhibition Festival Poetry

Sat 15
- Sun 16 April
Craigtoun Easter Fayre details TBA; Craigtoun Country Park [map]; Out of Town Outdoors

Sat 15
- Mon 17 April
Easter Exhibition 2017
St Andrews Art Club; Art Club Rooms, 14c Argyle Street, KY16 9BP [map]; Art Exhibition

Sat 25 March
- Sun 23 April
Artists of St Andrews exhibition of 80 artworks from the Trust’s collection, celebrates the 80th year of The St Andrews Preservation Trust – 14:00-17:00 daily; Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, KY16 9PW [map]; Art Exhibition Free History

extended until 29 April Scotland Through the Lens: 175 Years of Documentary Photography explores local and national history as captured by Scottish photographers. Come and take a closer look at photographs of people working at sea, living on the land and the development of urban spaces over the past 175 years; Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, KY16 9RJ [map]; Art Exhibition Free History

Sat 1
- Sun 2 July
Craigtoun Country Fayre details TBA; Craigtoun Country Park [map]; Out of Town Outdoors

Thu 29 June
- Sat 29 July
Byre in the Botanics fully-seated and covered performance area and licensed bar, the full programme of concerts, opera, theatre and film will be announced on Wednesday 22 February; Byre Theatre; Botanic Garden, Canongate, KY16 8RT [map]; Film Music Play

Fri 14
- Sun 30 July
Summer Exhibition 2017
St Andrews Art Club; Art Club Rooms, 14c Argyle Street, KY16 9BP [map]; Art Exhibition

Sat 27 August Craigtoun Charity Day details TBA; Craigtoun Country Park [map]; Free Out of Town Outdoors

Sat 3 June
- Sun 3 September
Telling Tales: The MUSA Young Artist Award 2017 enjoy drama, thrills and a touch of humour through the eyes of Fife’s young artists. The winning entries from the MUSA Young Artist Award, an annual art competition for schools in Fife. This year’s theme encourages participants to explore storytelling in a range of artistic styles, from sculpture and stained glass to comic strips and collage. Daily 10am-late; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Art Exhibition

Sat 11 March
- Sun 17 September
Victorian Visions: Discovery and Restoration in St Andrews journey through the streets of Victorian St Andrews for MUSA’s newest exhibition. See the sights of the town through the eyes of its first photographers. Victorian Visions provides fascinating insights into the development of St Andrews during the 19th century; MUSA, 7a The Scores, KY16 9AR [map]; Exhibition History

Sat 27 May
- Sun 1 October
The Polish Connection throughout history, St Andrews has become a second home to many Polish citizens – explore their lives through objects and paintings; Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, KY16 9PW [map]; Exhibition Free History

Thu 5
- Sun 8 October
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Sport

Sat 28 October
Craigtoun Halloween details TBA; Craigtoun Country Park [map]; Out of Town Outdoors

Thu 26
- Sun 29 October
St Andrews Voices Festival 2017 a festival that places the voice, and all its diverse musical incarnations, at the centre of its programme; Festival Music

Sat 25 November
- Sun 3 December
Art and Craft Exhibition annual sale of local work; Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, KY16 9PW [map]; Art Craft Exhibition Free Sale


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