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StAnza 2015

The 2015 StAnza Festival is over, but of course the work of its Director, the Board and the Planning Committee continues. StAnza 2016 is already in the planning stage, and of course the merry round of funding applications continues. I … Continue reading

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After StAnza

Is there life after StAnza? ‘Normal’ life seems very mundane, but StAnza went out with a bang, two wonderful readings by Menna Efyn and Paul Muldoon. It had started with a bang too, with a wonderful performance of ‘Rime’ by … Continue reading

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StAnza 2014

March already, which means StAnza – Scotland’s international poetry festival. I’ve got my tickets, my digs are booked, and this afternoon I’ll start to pack, knowing that I’ll forget something – I always do. I’m introducing three events this year, … Continue reading

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Festivals

I first joined the Board of Trustees of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, in December 2005, exactly a week after I stepped down from a four-year term chairing the Scottish Poetry Library‘s Board. A year later I found myself elected … Continue reading

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StAnza 2013

Definitely a memorable Festival for all sorts of reasons. The weather – cold, windy, eventually snowy. The venues – the closure of the Byre Theatre just five weeks before the Festival was a horrendous bombshell for the organisers, and yet … Continue reading

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StAnza 2013

The unexpected situation of the Byre Theatre suddenly closing, six weeks before this year’s Festival, no doubt gave the organisers considerable extra headaches and additional work, but they’ve risen to the challenge magnificently, and the show will go on. Eleanor … Continue reading

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So how was StAnza for you?

It was very relaxing no longer being on the StAnza Board, and so not having any official duties. It meant I could build empty spaces into the days; spaces for relaxation and conversations. The Catherine Hales and Alan Buckley reading … Continue reading

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Virtual StAnza day

Yesterday Eleanor Livingstone, StAnza’s Director, introduced a virtual mini-festival at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. The first part was a cyber-slam, a contest between teams from StAnza and the Overload festival in Melbourne, Australia. Today’s technology, which often surprises … Continue reading

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The Mad Yak at StAnza

First, let me say that I thought this year’s StAnza Festival was the best I’ve attended. The standard of the readings in particular was outstanding. I heard (and saw) Seamus Heaney courtesy of the live relay to the Studio Theatre, … Continue reading

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StAnza and my new book

I’m taking 19 titles to the Poets’ Market at StAnza this year. I have to admit the number surprised me when I counted them up, but that’s the total of books I have in print at the moment. I aim … Continue reading

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