Hayman and Dunbar headline at StAnza

Actor David Hayman.
Actor David Hayman.
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ACTOR David Hayman and Chewin the Fat star Karen Dunbar will be among the famous faces seen in St Andrews next week.

Hayman and Dunbar are taking part in StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, which launches next Wednesday, March 14, at 7pm in the Byre Theatre.

Final preparations are taking place for the event at which the guest speaker will be writer and recently elected St Andrews University rector, Alistair Moffatt.

David Hayman will be taking part in the opening night’s tribute to Philip Larkin

Karen Dunbar will be showing her poetic side in Denise Mina’s play A Drunk Woman Looks at a Thistle on next Sunday, March 18.

Other attractions will include poetry from Lavinia Greenlaw and Kwame Dawes, and music from the St Andrews Saxophone Quartet.

StAnza 2012 will feature over 60 poets, including Jackie Kay, Kathleen Jamie, Christopher Reid, Matthew Hollis, plus a host of filmmakers, actors, musicians and artists.

There will be a chance to meet Judy Steel at J & G Innes on Saturday, March 17, at 6pm when she launches a new edition of her poetry anthology, Horse Tales and Saddle Songs, with a foreword by the Princess Royal.

The festival’s 100 events offer something for everyone, from big name poetry readings to exhibitions, films and talks.

Children can also join in the fun too. Jackie Kay’s entertaining show, Words Alive, is on Saturday the 17th.

Full programme details are available at www.stanzapoetry.org Tickets are available from the Byre Theatre, telephone 01334 475000.