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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