Share Button

Poems Aloud poster banner

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 22 February.



Last year’s winner Edisher Kipiani being awarded the Poems Aloud! 2018 £100 prize by University Principal Sally Mapstone. 

Edisher recited ‘Concerning Shadows’ by Dundonian poet John Glenday

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 2019):

John Burnside – Being and Time
Imtiaz Dharker – Text
Richie McCaffery – Spinning Plates
Mary Jean Chan – Names
Fiona Moore – Layers
Harry Josephine Giles – Instructions for Behaviour at Border Control
Juana Adcock – Pennies or how I single-handedly got us out of the crisis
Liz Berry – Homing
Julia Bird – Poem to be Read on One Breath: Blue
Mustafa Abu Sneineh – Emperor
Caroline Bird – The Amnesty
Robert Crawford – Alba Einstein
Patrick Errington – Cold: Exchange
Catherine Eunson – A refusal to complain about the rain
Ishion Hutchinson – A March
Emma Jones – Tiger in the Menagerie
Tom Pow – For Gavin
Ross Wilson – Scent Rising
Christine De Luca – Soondscapes
Jill Abram – At Sea In A Coffin
Marco Fazzini – To the Moon
Tolu Agbelusi – Museum of Women
Will Harris – Eyewitness Travel
Nadine Aisha Jassat – Auntie

A panel of judges will rate the best delivery and pick a winner during the live recital in The Byre on Friday March 8 at 3.30pm.


Poems Aloud! audience in the Byre Studio Theatre

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

Students – love poetry and want to win £100? Enter Poems Aloud competition!
%d bloggers like this: