Poetry Readings

Wednesday 8th December 2021, 5.15-6.45pm, Byre Theatre 

Poetry Reading with Peter MacKay

“It was lovely to hear the Gaelic…”

Pàdraig MacAoidh will discuss his own work as a poet and editor, and address the questions of what it means to write – and read – Gaelic poetry in contemporary Scotland, and the bridges between Gaelic poetry and other European literatures.

Pàdraig MacAoidh / Peter Mackay is a poet, lecturer and broadcaster. He has two collections of poems Nàdur De (Some Kind of, 2020) and Gu Leòr (Galore, 2015), both published by Acair, and a pamphlet, From Another Island, with Clutag Press (2010). He largely writes in Gàidhlig and English, and his work has been translated into Czech, French, German, Irish, Occitan, Macedonian and Slovakian. He has co-edited the anthologies An Leabhar Liath: 500 years of Gaelic love and transgressive verse (with Iain S MacPherson), 100 Dàn as Fheàrr Leinn / 100 Favourite Gaelic Poems (with Jo MacDonald) and The Golden Treasury of Scottish Verse (with Don Paterson and Kathleen Jamie). His academic work includes the books This Strange Loneliness: Heaney’s Wordsworth (2021) and Sorley MacLean (2011); he is a Senior Lecturer in literature in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, and has been an AHRC / Radio 3 New Generation Thinker.

Tuesday 3rd November 2020, 7-8.30pm (online via Teams)



Jocelyn Saidenberg

Photo credit: Kari Orvik (2020)

Jocelyn Saidenberg is a writer, educator, and performer based in the Bay Area. Her recent books include: kith & kin (The Elephants, 2018), Dead Letter (Roof Books, 2014), and Negativity (Atelos Press, 2007). In her work she wagers that poetry has the capacity to open up imaginative, psychic, and structural enclosures. Her poetic and hybrid texts engage with questions of ethics and community by contesting individualist discourses through experimental enactments in language of diverse subjectivities, places, and temporalities. And in its textual hybridity, her work resists the distinctions between creative expression and critical or theoretical reflection. Since 1998 she has worked as the founding editor and publisher for Krupskaya Press and has curated literary events through Bay Area arts organizations. She has taught creative writing at UC Berkeley, the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, and the Arts in Correction program at Deuel Vocational State Prison. She is currently a visiting professor at Deep Springs College in the Owens Valley in California.




1st April 2020, 6pm

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

Co-hosted by BYRE WORLD

© F. G. Berguizas
© F G Berguizas

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.