Don Paterson, Jo Bell, Lemn Sissay MBE, Pascale Petit, Fiona Benson and Andrew McMillan will be joined by Nora Gomringer from Germany, Swedish poet Aase Berg, Jane Yolen, Thomas Lynch from the USA, and Australian poet Sarah Holland-Batt at the 2016 StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews, 2-6 March.
The festival will explore two themes: Body of Poetry, the ways in which poetry engages with the human body, its needs, appetites and how it changes; and City Lines, focusing on architecture as part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, connecting St Andrews with other cities, including Berlin as part of a focus on German poetry for 2016. Join the festival’s project, connected to the exhibition ‘What’s the Point of Poetry?’, which invites poets across the UK to send in images of themselves, anonymous or otherwise, in which they are photographed against an iconic Scottish or British building, or other architectural structure, holding up some words or lines of their own text.
More than sixty poets and eighty readings, performances, discussions and poetry are scheduled for the five-day festival. For regular updates and to book your place, visit the StAnza website.