Category Archives: StAnza

Stepping down

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 … Continue reading

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Past and Present

That’s the title we give to the sessions at StAnza: Scotland’s international poetry festival where a present writer talks about a poet from the past. These events have been a regular feature of the Festival for several years now, and … Continue reading

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StAnza 2016

As I remember it, my first StAnza Festival was in 2003, and I’ve tried to attend every festival since then. I joined the Board of Trustees in 2005 and became its Chair the following year, for a three-year term. I … Continue reading

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The StAnza launch

Where else in the world would a country’s First Minister launch a poetry festival? I can’t think of one, but Alex Salmond, MSP, launched StAnza with wit and good nature. I like to think that, as well as celebrating the … Continue reading

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Home

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 … Continue reading

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Tired

I got home this evening after a detour to Perth to meet up with my mother (who doesn’t look or act her 89 years, I’m glad to say). Right now I’m really too tired to write a measured reflection on … Continue reading

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Off to St Andrews

I’m off to St Andrews on Wednesday for StAnza, so I’ll be offline for a few days. I usually mention here some of the sessions I’m attending. I’m chairing the two Past & Present sessions, featuring Marco Fazzini on Douglas … Continue reading

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StAnza 2009

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 … Continue reading

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StAnza 2009 – first announcement

The first announcement of the outline programme and some of the participants in StAnza 2009 is now on the StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival website. I’ve been so excited about this Festival for months now, but of course I was … Continue reading

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CMMA etc

I received my invitation today to the Callum Macdonald Memorial Awards ceremony at the National Library of Scotland. It’s Scotland’s premier award for poetry pamphlet publishing, inaugurated and championed by Tessa Ransford in memory of her late husband, publisher Callum … Continue reading

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