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StAnza 2012

StAnza is Scotland's International Poetry Festival. 

StAnza 2012 took place over five days from 14th to 18th March:

StAnza is more than 90 events in atmospheric venues around the historic town centre of St Andrews which was recently shortlisted for a Creative Place award, with the Byre Theatre, Scotland’s only 5-star arts venue, as the festival hub. With themes this year of The Image and Poetry by Degrees, the programme features a stunning line-up of headline poets such as Kathleen Jamie, Christopher Reid, and Chase Twichell from the US joining poets from Samoa, Jamaica, Canada, Palestine and across Europe to participate in a diverse range of readings, performances, installations, talks and conversations.

As ever there will also be visual art, film, music and drama, this year with actors David Hayman and Karen Dunbar, a children’s programme, and participation activities. New events for 2012 range from an all-day workshop at the home of the artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to afternoon tea and poetry with Jackie Kay.

There will be a focus on film and TV-related poetry; and an avant-garde strand in poetry will feature the Dutch acclaimed text composer, Rozalie Hirs, a leading champion of new poetics in the UK, Keston Sutherland, sound installations from Holly Pester, Filmpoem, a cross-arts collaboration of film, poetry and live music from Scottish poet and film-maker Alastair Cook, and films from Icelandic and Swedish conceptual poets. 

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