StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival – Fèis Eadar-Nàiseanta Bàrdachd na h-Alba
Yesterday I chaired the StAnza AGM in St Andrews. I clocked up over 600 miles driving last week, and by the time I got home last night I was really feeling my age. But it was great meeting up again with our enthusiastic members of all ages. We depend on volunteers for much of our activities, and they contribute hugely to the friendly atmosphere of the Festival.
The full Festival details are now up on the StAnza website, and online ticket sales start from next week. This time we’ve also produced a flyer called ‘Festival Listings’, which does just what it says on the tin, and is much cheaper to print and post than the full brochure. We’re starting to distribute the Listings to Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada next week, with our ‘stringers’ distributing to all parts of Scotland. We’ve got some distributors in England and Wales, and we’re also looking to strengthen our distribution network in Ireland.
The 2009 Festival will be launched by Scotland’s First Minister, Rt Hon Alex Salmond, MP, MSP, and part of the Homecoming theme will be represented by the participation of many poets with Scottish connections from all parts of the Caledonian diaspora. I’m not going to single out any poets for specific mention – Conveners shouldn’t do that – but please visit the website and see who’s coming. The dates for your diaries are 18-22 March 2009.