Last weekend I stepped down from my second 3-year term chairing the Boast of Trustees of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. My involvement with StAnza goes back to 2003, and I first joined the Board the year after that. So I have had a long and very personal relationship with the Festival, and I have hugely enjoyed working with successive Directors Brian Johnstone and Eleanor Livingstone, and with Trustees past and present.
But for the past couple of years I’ve gradually been cutting down on my commitments, especially those involving committees. I’ll be 75 in July, and it feels like a good time to concentrate on my own writing.