I’ve now had a good night’s sleep – the first since last Wednesday – so I feel I can face the world again.
I step down from the StAnza Board in December, so 2009 was my last Festival as Convener of the Trustees. It’s good to bow out on a high note, and from many points of view this has been an outstanding festival. I’ve been getting lots of feedback, and what’s pleasing is that different people have enjoyed different things at StAnza. I think the programme was strong in diversity and depth, whether audience preferences were for readings, performances, discussions, masterclasses or whatever – it was all there. Meeting old friends and making new ones is something that always happens at StAnza, and for me this was richly rewarding this year. Speaking personally, it was great to meet up with my Lithuanian and Italian friends again; and to make new friends from New Zealand.
I’ll be around at future festivals, but in a civilian capacity, as it were.