StAnza voted a great success, For poetry it’s Scotland’s best

Poet Don Paterson (St Andrews University) performs at StAnza 2016.  Picture by Alistair Kerr
Poet Don Paterson (St Andrews University) performs at StAnza 2016. Picture by Alistair Kerr

StAnza, Scotland’s international poetry festival, has been voted a major success.

Five days saw more than 100 verse-related events in St Andrews, including performances, music, drama, talks, workshops, open mic events, films, exhibitions and installations involving over 60 artists and thousands of visitors.

Pupils at St Leonards School, St Andrews, worked with StAnza, Scotland's international poetry festival, to develop and artwork for the 2016 festival named Masking the Body

Pupils at St Leonards School, St Andrews, worked with StAnza, Scotland's international poetry festival, to develop and artwork for the 2016 festival named Masking the Body

Poets came from around the world, amongst them Nora Gomringer from Germany, Swedish poet Aase Berg, Jane Yolen and Thomas Lynch from the USA and Australian poet Sarah Holland-Batt

Amongst other big names from the literary world were Don Paterson, Andrew McMillan, Jo Bell, Lemn Sissay, Pascale Petit, Sean O’Brien, Brian Johnstone and John Burnside.

Eleanor Livingstone, festival director, said: “We’re thrilled that 2016 has been another successful year for StAnza and we were delighted to welcome a huge number of visitors over the five days, many of whom travelled great distances.”

Jane Yolen also popped into Waterstones in St Andrews for a very special story time with children from St Andrews Nursery

Jane Yolen also popped into Waterstones in St Andrews for a very special story time with children from St Andrews Nursery

Poet Lemn Sissay performs at StAnza 2016. Picture by Alistair Kerr

Poet Lemn Sissay performs at StAnza 2016. Picture by Alistair Kerr