StAnza 2011 took place from: 16-20 March, 2011
Location: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Hub Venue: The Byre Theatre
Other venues: The Undercroft, Parliament Hall, St Mary's Hall, The Town Hall, The Public Library, The Trust Museum, The Green Room, The Younger Hall, Fraser East, Zest Juicing & Coffee Bar
Themes: Timepiece, The Poets' Ark
Each festival focuses on two themes which weave around each other to give every StAnza its own unique flavour.
Our first theme for 2011 was Timepiece. Taking as a starting point the vibrant and significant history of Scotland, in 2011 StAnza engaged with the dynamic between verse and the recorded and unrecorded past, seminal moments from poetry and the daily routine of nations and communities, those local and those distant in space and time, as well as individual family histories. As part of this, in the 100th anniversary year of the birth of the great Scottish Gaelic poet Somhairle MacGill-Eain (Sorley MacLean), we had a focus on Gaelic and presented events to mark that occasion, including a special musical performance in partnership with The Sorley Maclean Trust, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Music Centre at St Andrews University.
Our second theme, The Poets’ Ark, set loose around St Andrews a whole menagerie of animal poems, looking at the substantial contribution of our fellow creatures to poetry past and present. We considered how in their work poets set about capturing our complex relationship with nature, exploring the tensions between wilderness and captivity, extinction and survival.
Funding for 2011
In 2011 StAnza was again Celebrating Fife as a flagship event of the Festival Kingdom. StAnza is also grateful to have secured funding support for 2011 from the Scottish Arts Council and EventScotland.