Poetry Readings

1st April 2020, 6pm

‘It’s a strange thing to be a poet’: an evening with Miguel d’Ors

Co-hosted by BYRE WORLD

Miguel d’Ors is one of Spain’s foremost contemporary poets. He has published 13 books of poetry, which have recently been collected in the volume Poesías completas 2019. Varied and diverse in terms of its themes, tones, influences and approaches ­­(albeit, at the same time, profoundly unitary and coherent), his poetry is always distinctive, precise and memorable. In a rare visit to Scotland, the author will read a selection of his poems and will discuss his work with Javier Letrán (School of Modern Languages), who teaches and researches on Contemporary Spanish Literature. Max Gilligan, a student of Spanish, will provide English translations.

Sunday 10th March 2019, 1-2pm (Town Hall, Queens Gdns – Council Chamber)

Stanza 2019 Festival

We were delighted to support the Palestinian Poetry Showcase

Palestinian poet born in Damascus, Ghayath Almadhoun, and his translator, Catherine Cobham, read poems from Adrenalin (Action Books, 2017.

Mustafa Abu Sneineh read some of his poems published in A Blade of Grass (Smokestacks books, 2017)  with his translator Katherine Halls.


Friday 11th May 2018, 5-7pm

A Reading by Catalan Poet

Francesc Parcerisas

Followed by a round table with

Robert Crawford

Anna Crowe


Peter Mackay

Chaired by Jordi Larios

Gateway Boardroom, Gateway Build., St Andrews


13th October 2017

Spanish poets in the UK:

Nothing is Lost, by Jordi Doce

& Selected Poems, by Eduardo Moga

Byre Theatre (Studio, 5.15-7pm)

Jordi Doce, born in 1967, is a poet and literary critic. He has translated the work of W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes and Charles Tomlinson, among others. He currently lives in Madrid, where he works as freelance editor.

Eduardo Moga, born in Barcelona in 1962, is a poet, translator and literary critic. He has produced Spanish versions of Frank O’Hara, Richard Aldington, Walt Whitman and William Faulkner, as well as Rimbaud and Ramon Llull, among others. He currently lives in Mérida, where he works as director of the Editora Regional de Extremadura.



7th March 2017

6-8pm, Buchanan Theatre (Union Street)

Scott Rettberg – ‘Three Rails Live’ and ‘Toxi*City’

‘The Listeners’ – John Cayley performs with the UK version of his ‘skill’ (or app) for the Amazon Echo and Alexa.


18th November 2016

Poetry Reading by Dr Oli Hazzard

Byre Theatre (Studio, 5.30-7pm)


Oli’s first collection of poems, Between Two Windows (Carcanet, 2012), won the English Association’s Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and was a book of the year in the Guardian, Financial Times and Times Literary Supplement. A pamphlet of prose poems, Within Habit, was published by Test Centre in 2014. He teaches creative writing and twentieth-century literature at the University of St Andrews.