StAnza Poetry Festival

StAnza 2021 will take place 6 - 14 March with online events under the festival themes of 'Make It New' and 'No Rhyme Nor Reason'. 

Beacon Arts Centre are delighted to share Poetry Centre Stage Sessions with you from 11-14 March on #BeaconConnect.

Find out more below and explore film poems, available to watch online until the end of March.



Poetry Centre Stage

FREE online

11 March | 7:30pm 

Raymond Antrobus, Volha Hapeyeva

Two of the leading poets of their generation Volha Hapeyeva, whose poetry, prose and drama have won her a number of awards in her native Belarus and Raymond Antrobus, the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for best work of literature in any genre kickstart the Poetry Centre Stage readings.

Poetry Centre Stage

FREE online

12 March | 5pm 

Mona Kareem, Michael Grieve

Introducing two poets tonight who StAnza think you’ll be hearing from for years to come. First up Michael Grieve,a regular of StAnza’s festival desk in past years. Michael was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2020, and his poems, in English and Scots, are intriguing and beguiling, full of thrill and thrall. Reading alongside him is poet and translator Mona Kareem. Based in the USA and born in Kuwait, Mona writes in Arabic and English. Her work creates captivating miniatures of the everyday, and uses poetry to explore both the self and the world.

Poetry Centre Stage

FREE online

13 March | 7:30pm

Inua Ellams, Ilya Kaminsky

Two powerhouses of contemporary poetry take centre stage for Saturdays spot. Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams has come to increasing prominence over the past few years, gaining particular attention for his book-length poem The Half-God of Rainfall, and most recently publishing a full-length collection with Penned in the Margins. His work combines passionate fury with dark humour and classical myth with a sharp contemporary relevance. Followed by Ukrainian-born, US-based poet Ilya Kaminsky reading, in a welcome return to StAnza. Ilya’s work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize. His latest collection, Deaf Republic, asks what happens to language in a time of crisis and has been hailed as a contemporary epic.

Poetry Centre Stage

FREE online

14 March | 7:30pm

Colette Bryce, Valzhyna Mort

The final reading of the festival brings together two unflinching, immediate and evocative poets. Valzhyna Mort writes in English and Belarusian, and has received international awards for her work. Her latest collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, came out in 2020 and explores the gaps and silences inherent in history and memory. Reading alongside her is Colette Bryce, whose work has been shortlisted for the Costa and Forward prizes. Her new collection, The M Pages, was published by Picador in 2020. Built around an elegiac sequence for M, this arresting and moving collection is testament to Colette’s position as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary poets.

StAnza Filmpoems

Scotland's International Poetry Festival commissioned poets and artists last summer to create short poetry films as part of the festival. Enjoy all three filmpoems online until the end of March.

Toasted Fiction Podcast

An audio series of short plays and stories recorded at Beacon Arts Centre a few years ago. Created by writer/director Christopher Patrick, the episodes feature works from writers throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The episodes were all recorded in front of a live audience and read by professional actors. 


Contemporary Dance Playlist

Our wonderful contemporary dance teacher, Jane Simpson, has created a playlist with stretches, warm ups, routines, music and solo tasks, great resource for you to do at home.

The playlist includes a shorter warm up into a final sequence, and a longer floor work section.


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