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

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

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 4:00 pm
Poet Don Paterson (St Andrews University) performs at StAnza 2016. Picture by Alistair Kerr

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.

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.

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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

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