Scotland’s poetry festival StAnza has teamed up with the forthcoming St Andrews Food and Drink Festival to offer two very special events involving leading poets.

The first, to be held in the Zest Café on November 16, involves Alexander Hutchison, whose celebration of the birth of the vegetarian haggis is a Scottish poetry legend.

StAnza festival director Eleanor Livingstone said that Alexander will be offering a selection of tasty poems served up with haggis stovies and the occasional song.

“Come and listen or bring along your own food and drink poems, and take part in the event during the open mic slot,” she said. 

The free event will run between 6.30-8pm.

The second StAnza event will take place in the St Andrews Library on November 26, and will take the form of a workshop.

Eleanor said that food and drink often make memorable appearances in fact, fiction and verse.

“This workshop with leading poet Gerry Cambridge offers creative wordplay, looking at food and drink as metaphor and exploring attitudes to food and drink via writing.

“Participants may be encouraged to pen their own responses to edible classics and favourites, some of which will literally be on the table, and could give a whole new meaning to “writing on food”.  

Places for the event are limited, and priced at only £3. To reserve a place, please email or phone 07900 207 429

The photograph shows Gerry Cambridge


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