Category Archives: StAnza

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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Sad anniversary

It’s now five years since the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. It coincides nearly to the day with StAnza each year, and each year in St Andrews I think about it. Back then I wasn’t a StAnza board member, … Continue reading

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StAnza 2008

I got back home to Sunny Dunny at lunch-time (can of tomato soup if you must know) and the after-effects of busy days, late nights and lack of sleep due to a heavy cold (sniff, sniff) have caught up with … Continue reading

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Well, I have a connection, but what I don’t have is time. Yesterday (Thursday) was excellent, starting for me with Jim Carruth’s poetry walk in bright sunshine, with perfectly chosen poems. The Past & Present session with Tom Leonard and … Continue reading

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Possible blog break

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to blog from StAnza. It’ll depend on (a) finding a wi-fi connection, and (b) finding time between sessions. Here’s my timetable: Wednesday5.30 Festival Launch & Exhibition Previews8 pm Tim Turnbull10.30 Open Mic Thursday10am … Continue reading

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