Meet the Artist – Marina Kazakova

In response to the pandemic, the StAnza festival that normally takes place in St Andrews has moved online. Running from the 6-14 of March there’s plenty of poetry events to get your teeth into. Monday sees a Zoom session with poet and researcher Marina Kazakova where you can learn more about her Russian language symphonic poem, which brings together poetry and animation.

8 March from 12.30-1pm. Free – donations welcome (booking is essential). Online event:

Poetry Centre Stage

Naomi Shihab Nye and Tim Liardet kick off the strand of main readings. Naomi served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for five years and much of her work reflects her experience of cultural difference. Tim has been shortlisted twice for the T.S. Eliot prize and his collections have reflected on personal loss, love and family trauma.

9 March from 7.30-8.30pm. Free – donations welcome. Online event:

Round Table

StAnza is hosting a round table session with T.S. Eliot prize-winner Roger Robinson. His latest collection A Portable Paradise won not only the T.S. Eliot prize, but also the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. Hear these poems live, alongside a discussion with Roger himself.

11 March from 2-2.40pm. Tickets from £7. Online event:

Poetry Pie

This event for children comes from Roger McGough, known for his playful and witty poems. It is aimed at 7-11 year olds but anyone can join for some unexpected poetry fun.

13 March from 2-2.20pm. Free – donations welcome. Online event:

Between the Covers

New for 2021, StAnza are bringing audio events to help you wind down at the end of the day with soothing poetry. End your Saturday with poetry from Rachel Long as she reads from her debut collection My Darling from the Lions.

13 March from 10-10.15pm. Free – donations welcome. Online event:

Festival Finale

Close out the week with the StAnza Festival Finale, packed full of chat to end the week on a high. Featuring music from folk singer and previous BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Claire Hastings.

14 March from 8.30-9.30pm. Free – donations welcome. Online event:

Almost Poetry

Since we can’t be there to celebrate it in person, the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum has launched their website packed with virtual tours in St Andrews. So, wherever you’re joining the festival from, you can spend time renewing or commencing your relationship with St Andrews.

6-31 March. Free. Online event: