No poet is an island: global lineup at Stanza festival in March

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Poets from the US, New Zealand, Jamaica, the Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Sardinia, Mallorca, India, as well as the UK will be appearing at Stanza, Scotland’s international poetry festival at St Andrews at the beginning of March this year. 

This year’s festival theme is An Archipelago of Poetry, bringing together a number of poets with island connections. Among the headliners are New Zealand’s Bill Manhire and America’s Carolyn Forché, pictured. Also on the bill are Forward prize winner, Jamaican-born Kei Miller, Sardinian-speaking poet Anna Cristina Serra, Denmark’s Martin Glaz Serup, and Kim Simonsen, who was born in the Faroe Islands. Other international names include Josep Lluís Aguiló, Carly Brown, John Dennison, Boris Dralyuk, Erin Fornoff, Ilya Kaminsky, Karthika Naïr, Alice Notley, Carlo Pirozzi, Jon Ståle Ritland, Anne Stevenson and Agnes Török.

British names include Simon Armitage, Helen Mort, Liz Berry, Sinéad Morrissey, Glyn Maxwell, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Hollie McNish, Sheenagh Pugh,  and Ian Duhig, Over 60 poets will be taking part at Stanza, along with many musicians, visual artists and film makers, for five days from 4-8 March. More details 




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