Headline acts have been announced for Scotland’s only annual festival dedicated to poetry.
StAnza, which takes place in St Andrews every March, next year welcomes double TS Eliot Prize winner Don Paterson, English poet Jo Bell and Lemn Sissay, recipient of the MBE for services to literature and the first poet to write for the London Olympics.
Other UK poets booked for the event include Pascale Petit, Fiona Benson and Andrew McMillan.
They will be joined by Nora Gomringer from Germany, Swedish poet Aase Berg, Jane Yolen and Thomas Lynch from the US and Australian poet Sarah Holland-Batt.
More than 60 poets will be taking part, along with many musicians, visual artists and film makers, bringing the historic Fife town to life with poetry, music and art for five days from March 2 to 6.
The first headliners for the 2016 programme are being announced to coincide with the 21st birthday of National Poetry Day on Thursday.
Festival director Eleanor Livingstone said: “We’re delighted to have so many big names from the literary world already confirmed for our 19th StAnza Festival next year.
“It’s always exciting bringing together such a diverse mix of well-known talent with new, up and coming poets to create a programme which is fresh and vibrant and we look forward to revealing more names over the coming months.”