Students – love poetry and want to win £100? Enter Poems Aloud competition!

Elizabeth Andrews
Friday 31 January 2020

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Open only to University of St Andrews students, our Poems Aloud! competition (run in collaboration with the StAnza International Poetry Festival) asks you to perform a poem you have memorised on stage at The Byre Studio Theatre, to a panel of judges. The prize is £100! Below is the list of poems you can choose from.

If you are interested, email to enter by Friday 21 February.

Last year’s winner Jenna-Schmidt performing onstage. 

Jenna recited Christine de Luca’s poem Soondscapes in a perfect Shetalandic accent!

Choose a poem from the below selection to memorise, we will send you the poems in full when you get in touch (all poets are taking part in StAnza 2020):

Endyminion by Jay G Ying
Prayer by Luke Wright
Saat i de Blod By Rosanne Watt
Apple Thieves by Berverley Bie Brahic
A Gimbal of Ganja by Birdspeed
Lesser Things by Elspeth Brown
The Nomads by Matthew Caley
Minus Five by Gerry Cambridge
Oqqersuut/ The Message by Nancy Campbell
Iron by David J. Costello
West of the Daylight Moon by Jim Crumley
Bonefire by Lynn Davidson
Inside the Haveli by Shehzar Doja
A87 by Catherine Eunson
Starfish Balancing at Your Throat by Suzannah V Evans
what love could learn from such a sight by Alec Finlay
The Boatman by Carolyn Forché
Rosa Luxemburg by Stephanie Green
Jimmy Shand Stirling 1960 by Andrew Greig
Scorpian Hill by Lynne Hjelmgaard
My Body Can House Two Hearts by Hanan Issa
Resistant by Brian Johnstone
Na Fir-Chlis by Sandy NicDhònhnaill Jones
Afterwardsness by Mimi Khalvati
Driftwood Air by Daisy Lafarge
In the ghyll by Dorothy Lawrenson
Matisse by Michael Longley
Seelence by Sheila Templeton

A panel of judges (the panel this year is: Principal Sally Mapstone, Professor Jane Stabler (Head of School of English) and Professor Don Paterson) will rate the best delivery and pick a winner during the live recital in The Byre on Friday March 6 at 3.30pm.


Poems Aloud! audience in the Byre Studio Theatre

If you have questions or are interested in entering, drop us a line:

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