The St Andrews Food and Drink Festival is planning an event with a difference as the creative worlds of poetry and food come face to face.

Working in conjunction with StAnza – Scotland’s International Poetry Festival- the festival organisers will be treating visitors and locals to a lunchtime session called “Wake Up And Smell The Stovies!”.

Performance poet Robin Cairns, who is well known across the country, will be in the Supper Room at the St Andrews Town Hall on St Andrews Day – November 30.

He has written a brand new poem for the festival, and it will be performed for the first time at the StAnza/Food from Fife event.

Apart from his work in poetry, Robin has been involved in journalism and has written plays and music.

He said that he had turned to verse by chance on millennium night in Manchester Airport, and had no idea that poetry could be so much fun.

To many people Robin is a comic poet. To himself he is a poet using comedy as a way of buying time to “offer his tuppenceworth to the world.” 

Robin travels to perform across Scotland on a regular basis, at poetry nights, slams, comedy clubs,  ceilidhs, after-dinner engagements, in  schools, in libraries, rock festivals, and arts festivals.

He has had work published in various collections, including “Skein Of Geese” (the book resulting from the gathering at the StAnza poetry festival of 100 poets) and “Glasgow Tales” published by Endpapers. Two short collections of his work, “Last Man With Sky” and “Old Lochgelly,” are in print and available to buy.

Robin is never happier than when he has an audience laughing – as long as he knows he has something up his sleeve to squeeze a tear out of them soon.

He told “Food from Fife” that he will be maintaining when he appears in St Andrews, and will be involving some members of the audience in his performance.

Entry will be free, but members of the audience will be given the opportunity to make a donation to StAnza funds in return for a tasting of delicious stovies.

The event will take place on November 30, starting at 1pm. 

The photograph shows Robin in action, by permission of StAnza/Eugene Theodore

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